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We’re delighted to be able to announce our first two fixtures for the 2019 season.
On Saturday April 20th we travel to Gillingham to face our old friends the Medway Dragons. See the above image for more details. The game kicks off at 1pm on April 20th.
Then on June 1st we travel to Lancashire to face new opponents, a Chorley Panthers select side as a curtain raiser to their first team game against Manchester Rangers.
The game is part of an exciting partnership with the Panthers for 2019 which also sees the Colostomy UK logo feature on the Panthers playing strip.
Chorley Panthers Club chairman Alan Bowers said “I am pleased to enter in to this significant partnership which will hopefully raise awareness of Colostomy UK, made even more poignant with our club having players who have played and continue to play overcoming the stigma that might otherwise exist.
Giovanni Cinque from Colostomy UK commented “We are delighted at the growing partnership between ourselves and Chorley Panthers. The support we received from the club through their recent naked calendar not only helped to raise funds but more imprtantly had a huge impact in raising awareness of both our charity and living with a stoma. We can’t wait for June 1st!”
‘Team Colostomy UK’ is represented by people from throughout the UK who either have a stoma or want to raise awareness. The team aims are to spread awareness of both the charity and the condition and to highlight that having a stoma isn’t a barrier to being active and to playing the toughest of team sports.
The story so far:
Last year Colostomy UK formed our own Rugby League side to show the world that a stoma is no barrier to playing even the toughest of contact sports and were amazed by the response. A few friendly games raised awareness of living with a stoma to new audiences and gave us some great coverage in both the Rugby League and national press. Not only that but we had an overwhelmingly positive response from the players themselves, some of whom have now taken up sport again after the confidence boost of playing with us. A big thank you to all our players, volunteers and supporters for making this happen!
vs Medway Dragons – July 21st 2018
vs South London Silverbacks Masters – September 21st 2018
vs PDRL (Physical Disability Rugby League) United – November 10th 2018
Although it was only our first year, our team were regularly featured in national and sporting press and so sponsorship is a fantastic opportunity to get your brand out there.
Api Pewhairangi – ex London Broncos & Ireland
Tom Kaye – Team Colostomy UK & Leeds Rhinos PDRL
Jy Hitchcox – Bradford Bulls
Kav Ellison – Team Colostomy UK & Chorley Panthers
John Flood – Team Colostomy UK
Graham Wells – Team Colostomy UK