A Wasps legend, the man who makes life so easy
Date: 2 Mar 2018
A behind-the-scenes look into a day in the life of Wasps kit man Pudsey Bevan is creating a buzz on social media.
Pudsey, who appeared on numerous Children in Need specials in a costume of the iconic bear and changed his name by deed poll in 2008, is now in his third season with the club, who have decided to tell his story in a video shared on their social media channels.
The kit man’s story was watched more than 45,000 times in its first day with fans and players singing his praises.
The video, put together to promote Wasps’ Season Memberships for the 2018/19 season, gives an insight into the match day routine for Pudsey, as well as how he views his role within the club.
He said: “Every day is a great day, pretty much from the minute I walk in to when I leave in the evening.
“It is so varied every day and I am working with a great bunch of people with the fans, the staff, and the players, plus I am working in a sport that is fantastic compared to the previous sport I worked in, which was professional football.
“I try and make the players’ jobs as easy as possible, they can literally walk into the dressing room, get changed and go out to play rugby.”
Pudsey also reveals that his biggest challenge in his role as kit man comes when Wasps are at their best on the field.
He said: “We do score a lot of tries, Wadey especially will happily go sliding in on his belly to make life difficult for me, get up and dust themselves off and look at me as if to say ‘deal with that’.
“Nothing is ever beyond cleaning, there can just be hours and hours of manual labour for me sometimes.
“When the fixtures come out I look for teams like Gloucester or Bath and I think please let’s get them in the summer.”
And with Pudsey’s unwavering commitment to the black-and-gold cause now revealed, players including Guy Thompson paid tribute to Pudsey on social media, with the back-row calling him ‘an absolute legend’ who ‘makes the club what it is’.
Full-back Willie Le Roux also called Pudsey a ‘true legend’, while Danny Cipriani tweeted ‘Professional! Great energy! What an important part of the club.’
James Haskell also labelled Pudsey as ‘the best kit man I have ever worked with.’
Pudsey also reveals how he likes to unwind after the intense cleaning is finished in the video.
He said: “The highlight of my week is getting back in, listening to the radio and having a glass of red wine, then I am happy.”
Verity Brown, events and match day marketing manager at Wasps, said: “The love fans and players have shown for Pudsey is very much deserved.
“He is a perfect example of the family atmosphere we try and create at Wasps and is loved and appreciated by everyone at the club.”
Season memberships are available now from the Wasps ticket office and by visiting www.eticketing.co.uk/wasps