Talented sportsman remembered with new pavilion

Andi and Richard Case beneath the framed rugby shirt worn by their brother, David

Andi and Richard Case beneath the framed rugby shirt worn by their brother, David

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A talented sportsman who died in a car accident 33 years ago while in his final year at Berkhamsted School has had a new pavilion opened in his name.

The David Case Pavilion, at Chesham Road Playing Fields, was officially opened by David’s brothers, Andi and Richard, themselves Old Berkhamstedians, at an event attended by over 250 guests.

The David Case Pavilion

The David Case Pavilion

These included many members of the 1st XV school rugby team captained by David in 1982 as well as James Rodwell, an old boy and member of the GB Rugby Sevens team that won silver medals at the Rio Olympics.

School principal Richard Backhouse said: “So many people have given their time, contacts and energy with such generosity. And thank you to those who have given financially. “Particular and special thanks are due to our major donors, including James Owlett whose generous legacy sponsored the clock tower and whose daughter is with us today, but most especially to the Case family. You have made this building possible, and we’re all delighted that it will bear your family name.

“We are so glad that three generations of your family are able to be with us today.”

David’s brother, Richard, said: “David loved sport. Whether it was rugby, hockey or athletics he always gave his utmost. To me he will always personify good sportsmanship in all its meanings. That is why we think he is a great role model for all who use this wonderful new pavilion.”

James Rodwell with appeal ambassadors Chris Nicholls, Andi Case, Sue Rodwell, Richard Case and Sue Wolstenholme

James Rodwell with appeal ambassadors Chris Nicholls, Andi Case, Sue Rodwell, Richard Case and Sue Wolstenholme