Royal Navy Academy take on South West students
Devonport Services in Plymouth hosting a charity Rugby League match between the Royal Navy Academy and a team of University students from across the Southwest Region today (Friday February 24).
The two charities to benefit from the match are Troop Aid, and the British Liver Trust.
Troop aid, was chosen by the Navy academy players who recognise it as being a fantastic influence for wounded soldiers who require support; yet the players themselves feel the charity does not get the support and recognition it deserves.
The British Liver Trust, is very close to organiser and player, Nick Woolley’s heart, as a close family friend required a liver transplant and is looking like he may need another at some point soon.
He was a very fit and talented tennis player and actually went out to Australia to compete in the World Transplant games and came back with Gold medals. Nick was part of the Successful Devon Rugby league team which travelled and won the rugby league county Challenge against Cornwall rugby league, in August last year.
The Navy’s academy side will be using the match as a warm up to their summer season, whilst the student side is a mixture of experienced rugby league players combined with some talented rugby union players who are taking part the game for the very first time and showing their support for the chosen charities.
The Rectory gates open at 18:30 and the Match kicks off at 19:15 admission £3 for Adults with a deal of 2 for £5 and just a donation for children and concessions. A raffle will also be run throughout the evening.
Both the Leeds Rhinos and the RFL are also lending their support to the event which will raise the profile of the sport in the region.
It is also a great opportunity for the Plymouth Titans, and indeed some of the local teams within the region, to recruit some of the players from both teams taking part, should they be available, for the Rugby league season which will begin in May.