Tring Rugby Club chairman takes on Iceland trek with England legend

Steve Hayes, chairman of Tring Rugby Club
Steve Hayes, chairman of Tring Rugby Club
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A rugby club chairman will battle walls of ice and a volcano in a charity trek to raise funds for kids in Africa – as well as a new clubhouse for his side.

Tring Rugby Club chairman Steve Hayes travels to Iceland this week to take on the daunting trek as part of a team including former England player Jason Leonard.

Jason Leonard will join Steve on the trek

Jason Leonard will join Steve on the trek

The challenge will see Steve scaling walls of ice, conquering the summit of the active Hengill Volcano and hiking to Reykjadalur Valley.

He is raising money for the ATLAS Foundation, which is helping to build a new school in the Ivory Coast.

Steve has also pledged to match any donations up to the £15,000 mark with a donation to the rugby club, which is hoping to build a new clubhouse.

Steve, who has been chairman since July, said: “I’ve been trying to keep in shape, but I’m hoping if things get too tough that I can just climb on Jason’s back and be carried to the end.

“The clubhouse is not fit for purpose at the moment, and we need a new one with some better facilities. It will cost in excess of £1.5m and we’re all fundraising towards it.”

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