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On Friday 25 September, Matt Ratana, Head Coach of East Grinstead RFC and a Police Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police, was tragically killed whilst on duty.

A number of campaigns have been set up in Matt's honour.


'Unsung Hero' - Matt Ratana - BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2020.

East Grinstead RFC have produced a short film which has been submitted to the BBC for the 'Unsung Hero' category - BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2020.

The 'Unsung' Hero Award celebrates volunteers whose efforts have meant sports clubs have made a positive impact in local communities. 

The winner will be announced live at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards on 13 December 2020.

How to nominate -


 Just Giving - Matt Ratana

 Help raise £15000 to develop rugby initiatives that were close to Matt’s heart

Since then, East Grinstead RFC have been contacted by many people wishing to make a donation towards projects that were close to Matt's heart.

Su and the club are establishing a charitable foundation and have set up a Just Giving page to raise funds and continue with the great rugby projects that were close to Matt's heart. Su's first decision was to name the foundation "The Matt Ratana Rugby Foundation


East Grinstead RFC - SM #Try4Matt campaign

In honour of Matt Ratana, East Grinstead RFC are asking social media users, from across the Club and all over the world to use the hashtag #Try4Matt and to post a black & white rugby picture on their social media pages. This could be photo of you, your child or your team. They want to include every age group across the club and beyond.

The support for Matt Ratana is overwhelming. Please copy & paste the following text with your photo.

'In honour of Matt Ratana, the late Matt Ratana, I’m posting this picture of me doing what he loved best…playing rugby."

Post your black & white rugby photo up via social media with the hashtag #Try4Matt to show your respects. 

Matt was a truly inspiring and much-loved figure. He will never be forgotten and his rugby legacy will live on.

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