Canterbury RFC would like to congratulate our Chairman, Giles Hilton, for his inclusion in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, and the award of an MBE for services to Rugby Union Football in Kent.
On receiving the news, Giles said
I feel honoured and privileged to have this award bestowed upon me, but I am also deeply thankful to my wife Phillipa, my sons, my family for their unwavering support, and that of Canterbury RFC players, members, supporters, sponsors, and volunteers that have allowed the club to grow in the astonishing way it has in the last 20 years. Without them none of this would have been possible.
Gile has been involved with the club for over forty years, first representing the Colts at an away game in Ashford in 1976. He remembers his debut distinctly along with the broken arm he suffered in the second half. 1978 saw him run out for the 1st XV, as 2nd row, in 1978 at home to Maidstone. Since then, he has worked his way around the club performing various tasks from Junior Rep, Social Committee, bar to even unblocking the drains when they got clogged up. There is no denying the commitment and industry he has shown to the club.
His proudest moments at the club have been seeing us win the Kent Cup and progression from level six through to level three of English Rugby Union.
We look forward to seeing how the club will develop over the next few years, especially with the impact of the pandemic and how under Giles’ tenure as Chairman we can navigate through to future successes.