Liam D’Almeida is celebrating two decades at Aylesbury Rugby Club.
Liam D’Almeida was presented with a club tie and introduced to guests at Aylesbury RFC’s President’s Lunch on Saturday.
The pacy star has represented the club at all age levels since 1994.
First team manager Dave Larham lauded D’Almeida at the presentation before the Ay’s huge 87-8 win over Royal Wootton Bassett.
D’Almeida marked the occasion in style by running in a superb a hat-trick of tries.
He is just one of a number of players to come through Aylesbury’s youth system and Larham is keen for others to follow in D’Almeida’s footsteps.
Larham said: “In recent weeks we have introduced two talented Colt 17-year old players in to the first team, playing alongside former youth section products Sam Chappell, Matt Birch, Gary Horne, Harry Jackman, Adam Moore, Jonny Burgess, James Woodfall, Chris Lidington, Andy Blacklock and of course Liam.
“It’s an important part of our club development to provide a pathway for junior players to continue their participation within the adult game at Aylesbury RFC.
“Unfortunately rugby as a sport does see a drop-off of players from 16 to 21 years of age, which ultimately denies clubs like ourselves with that lifeblood of young players at senior level that we need to fulfill the club’s ambition of fielding four senior teams every Saturday afternoon.
“We are working hard with key figures within our youth age-groups to address this problem and to help young players make the move from junior rugby to senior rugby. We hope that the introduction of Luke (Walmesley) and Alex (Shearer) will help to inspire our younger players on what can be achieved through hard work and dedication. We have a talented Colts Squad and hope that they will all continue to wear Magenta & Black for many years to come.”