Ex-Reigatian RFC launches program to help refugees play rugby : PlanetRugby
Surrey-based Old Reigatian rugby club has launched an initiative in which it has teamed up with volunteers from the United Ukraine Foundation and the UK to help young Ukrainian refugees play rugby.
The initiative called “Train for Ukraine” aims to help these children through sport to find safe and fun environments where they can make new friends, join a community and feel welcome.
Old Reigatian issued a press release in which they urged the public to support the initiative which includes raising funds through a rugby match between Old Reigatian and Old Colfeians later this month.
“Many Ukrainian refugees arrived in the UK with nothing! They are trying to integrate into local communities while starting a new life,” the statement read.
“Rugby is a great way for them to meet people and feel part of a team and the wider community. ‘Train for Ukraine’ aims to help rugby clubs reach out to the local Ukrainian community and to welcome them into the rugby community.
“On average it costs £300 for an adult and £150 for a junior club membership. By selling rugby shirts, “Train for Ukraine” will raise funds to support club scholarships. Enable adults and young people to join their local rugby club.
Special match to launch the campaign
“A special match on October 29 between Old Reigatian and Old Colfeians will kick off the campaign. This will provide a springboard for the idea so that other clubs can follow.
“The initiative is also backed by the incredible team at Akuma Sports. They donated their expertise to get the concept off the ground. The team created the incredible jerseys in which the ORRFC (Old Reigatian ) will play.
“Each of the game shirts will be auctioned off after the game. Training t-shirts will be available to order on the day or through the ORRFC site. All proceeds will go to support “Train for Ukraine”.
“We are starting with rugby because Ukraine has a rich rugby history and still embodies the values of the game. However, the ‘Train for Ukraine’ initiative is something any sports club can adopt.
Ukraine has a rich rugby history and through Old Reigatian RFC “Train for Ukraine” is delighted to launch its first event. Their long-term plan is to create a footprint that other clubs and sports can follow so that more Ukrainian children can be part of the wider sporting community.
A spokesperson for “Train for Ukraine” said that if a child wanted to play football, they would be happy to support them and work with local clubs.
Train For Ukraine raises funds in three ways:
1. On October 29, Old Reigatian will play in a unique kit designed by Akuma sports in this game against Old Colfeians. They will be auctioned off at the end of the game to raise money for the charity and they will also sell replica kits and collections on the day.
2. Click on their page link just for donations.
3. Through sponsorship. In order to get more clubs to create their own events, we need a successful launch event and I hope that’s where you can help, by raising awareness.
Formed in 1927, the RFU accredited Old Reigatian RFC is one of Surrey’s most spectacular sports grounds.
With a rich history and comprising 30 acres of land, the club offers 6 playing fields, a training ground and exceptional club facilities. There are two senior teams, a veteran team and an U21 team. There are also minis, juniors and girls sections totaling over 600 children. More recently formed sections include Touch Rugby, Foot Rugby and Senior Women’s Rugby. They offer rugby to everyone, regardless of age or level.
For more information on the train to Ukraine, contact Tom Brading on 07770 678 966.
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