Charity Event Touches down in Newcastle
This Friday, 11th November the RFL in conjunction with Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion will be holding a 12 hour Charity Touch Rugby League Event at Benfield Sports College, Newcastle, NE6 4NU.
The event will engage school children, Teachers, University student’s, Community Rugby League players and Service men and women in a continuous game of Touch Rugby League between 11am and 11pm.
In addition to the teams playing across the twelve hours George Taylor, RFL Armed Forces Development Officer and Mark Watson, Peterlee Pumas (pictured) will be competing for 12 hours continuous in order to raise sponsorship money for Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.
George Taylor, RFL Armed Forces Development Officer said: "From a personal point of view the RBL helped me when I left the Armed Forces after 23 years service, directing me towards the right help and advice during my transition to “civi- street.
"Although my needs were not as great as many who have called on them before, their professionalism and enthusiasm to help was incredible.
"I still know many friends in the Military, and meet many in my current role as Armed Forces Development Officer for Rugby League, and they have nothing but praise for what the RBL does for them and their families all year round, not just on the 11th of the 11th.
"This touch event will be physically demanding on me and Mark to remain on the court for 12 hours, however Mark will echo my thoughts as a fellow ex-serviceman, what we will go through in effort and pain is nothing compared to what our brave man and women have, and still are going though to defend our country.
"The support given to the Royal British Legion and to Mark’s chosen charity, Help for Heroes, will also help families cope with the life changing experiences their loved one have gone through and to help them cope and adjust to life without a loved one.
"Please come along and support the event, help raise much needed funds and awareness of the charities and more importantly help mark this day and celebrate what has been given for us!’
Adam Houston, RFL League for All Officer stated ‘When I was initially approached to become involved with this project I was extremely keen as we all know someone who has or is currently serving in the Armed Forces.
"The work all our military personnel carry out on a daily basis can only be admired and to raise their profile in the North East is a small return on what they deal with during their working day.
Touch Rugby League provides an opportunity for all ages, abilities and backgrounds to combine and raise money for two extremely deserving charities. I am sure all the community will be keen to support this event and we look forward to meeting people from all across the North East throughout the day."
If you would like any further information regarding Touch Rugby League please contact Adam Houston, firstname.lastname@example.org, 07775022801 or visit the North East website http://www.northeastrl.co.uk