COBA Donates Special Armistice Mat
COBA Flooring has donated a bespoke manufactured entrance mat for a prestigious rugby gala match involving former international players and military veterans. The special event was held at Compiegne Rugby Club in France to commemorate the Centenary of the WW1 Armistice, in aid of the charity, Rugby for Heroes.
The UK-headquartered entrance matting manufacturer, with sales support and facilities throughout Europe, donated a custom-made Logomat Precision mat, featuring the emblems of the primary partners involved with the occasion. The special entrance mat now takes pride of place in the Compiegne Rugby Club House.
COBA was approached by Pascal Mitchell, former player and now Chairman of Compiegne RCC. Pascal coordinated the event with Xavier Breining, Chairman of Folkclowns veterans’ team, along with the official organisers, Rugby for Heroes, the charity patronised by Mike Tindall MBE.
Pascal said: “I was initially contacted earlier in the year by Rugby for Heroes founder, Alan Lamb, to discuss the idea of a charity 300-mile bike ride from Twickenham to Compiegne stopping off at several Commonwealth war graves and memorials. This would culminate in a gala rugby match at our Club. The match involved former international players from England and France and military veterans.
“We decided the Rugby for Heroes team, with names such as Mike Tindall, Serge Betsen, Patrick Tabacco, Kevin Yates and Petru Balan to name a few, should play our Compiegne RCC veterans team, ‘Les Folkclowns’ assisted by four former French internationals, including Damien Traille, Julien Candelon, Fabrice Estebanez and Guillaume Bousses.”
The occasion took place in September and was the first of a trilogy of events leading up to the centenary on 11th November 2018. It incorporated a formal ceremony to pay respects to those who fell during WW1, in the presence of the Mayor of Compiegne, Mr Philippe Marini. Compiegne has special significance because it was where the Armistice was signed 100 years ago.
Pascal commented: “The event was a great success, and we were pleased to donate €4000 to Rugby for Heroes. I also want to thank COBA Flooring for helping to making our Club House look exceptionally smart through their kind donation of a specially commissioned Logomat.
“I knew COBA had an excellent reputation within the safety and flooring industry, and it seemed only natural to approach them with our request. The speed of turnaround and delivery, and the finished result, was exceptional. The mat is a great conversation-piece and while being practical, creates real warmth within our Club House; a gesture that has been much appreciated by all those involved.”