The old adage that winning is a habit was clear a couple of weekends ago. On Saturday 12th, Courtiers-backed Rams Rugby saw off a determined challenge by Plymouth Albion, securing a 10th successive win in National League 1 rugby.
Top of the Props
Following the hard-fought 26-14 points victory, Rams remain top of the table with a perfect record of 50 points out of a possible 50. This is the most outstanding performance from the Rams since the 2006/07 season.
Although trailing at one stage, aided by a storming performance from Courtiers Adviser Josh Collis off the bench, two late tries including one in the final seconds of the game secured that all-important bonus point.
We asked Josh and fellow Adviser-Ram Connor Stapley, what sitting at the top of table at this point in the league means to them…
Josh: “It’s been a fantastic start to the season and we’re delighted to be on top of the table, but now the hard work really begins.”
Connor: “As a squad, we are determined to build on this result. It was great to see so many colleagues from Courtiers at the match. In such a tight game your support really made a big difference.”
As match sponsor on the day, Rams welcomed around 40 Courtiers employees and their guests to enjoy great hospitality at Rams’ Old Bath Road ground. A fantastic meal, drinks and several hours in convivial company – all topped off by Rams winning, saw everyone go home happy.
And “Moving” on…
The next day, Courtiers-backed “I Like To Move It”, owned by Anne-Marie and CEO Jamie Shepperd stormed to victory over the hurdles at Cheltenham, winning by five and a half lengths despite carrying 12 stone. Cheltenham is obviously the five-year old’s favourite course as this was the gelding’s third victory at the famous venue, which Jamie describes as “like the Twickenham of Rugby, the Wembley of Football and the Lords of Cricket.” Jamie says the plan is to enter ‘I Like To Move It’ in a Grade 2 race at Cheltenham.
But that is not the height of Anne-Marie and Jamie’s ambitions. Jamie says, “We’re going to set our sights high and after that, the dream is that ‘I Like To Move It’ will be in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.” As with the competitive world of horse racing so with wealth management, “Courtiers is an aspirational brand and not everybody can belong to it,” says Jamie.
Gary Reynolds, who outside his day job as CIO at Courtiers is also CEO of Rams, draws parallels between the worlds of sport and business. He describes the Rams squad as “a very cohesive group with similar values to those we have at Courtiers, which are everyone works hard and pulls together to achieve our goals.”
And when it comes to having a dream, Gary’s is every bit as ambitious as Jamie’s. “In the longer term it’s to get the Rams into the Premiership,” he says.
All this makes clear – Courtiers aims high – Courtiers commits to building communities – Courtiers strives to raise the bar and looking back over the last three years the company’s unwavering determination to deliver and maintain exceptional experiences has not faltered.