International rivals engage for grass roots game
England and Exiles players last night joined forces in support of grass roots Rugby League.
The players go head-to-head at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium next month (Friday June 14) in the International Origin match, but were more than happy to be on the same side at St Helens club Thatto Heath Crusaders.
In the lead up to national Volunteers’ Week (June 1-6)), Crusaders were hosting an ‘Engage with your club’ event to repair some of their pitches and were delighted to welcome some unexpected assistance.
England quartet Chris Hill and Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves), Lee Mossop (Wigan Warriors) and James Roby (St Helens), were joined by Exiles’ Pat Richards (Wigan), Sia Soliola (St Helens) and their assistant coach Phil Veivers. Thatto Heath’s England Women’s contingent Dani Bound, Jenny Welsby and Jodie Cunningham were also on hand.
Phil Veivers said:
“Without the grass roots game there is no professional game. This is what Rugby League is all about and we’re all really pleased to be a part of it.”
Volunteers’ Week celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK.
James Ogden, community activation manager at Engage Mutual, added:
“Volunteers’ Week is the perfect time for clubs to start thinking about holding an ‘engage with your club’ action event in order to make a positive impact on rugby league at a grassroots level.”
‘Engage with your club’ is a partnership by former Super League sponsor Engage Mutual and Rugby League Cares, to support amateur rugby league clubs and encourage local volunteers to help improve their facilities.