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In 2018 we formed our own Rugby League side to prove that a stoma is no barrier to playing even the toughest of contact sports and were amazed by the response.
A great first year raised awareness of living with a stoma to new audiences and gave us some great coverage in both the Rugby League and national press.
On Saturday April 20th 2019 we traveled to Gillingham and faced our old friends the Medway Dragons.
That was followed up on June 1st when we hit Lancashire for the first time to face new opponents, a Chorley Panthers select side.
The game was 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 importantly had a huge impact in raising awareness of both our charity and living with a stoma. We can’t wait for June 1st!”
Our next fixture of 2019 takes place on August 17th when we travel back to Yorkshire to face the Political Animals in Bramley, Leeds. For more information on the game just click here
We will be announcing further dates for 2019 soon so stay tuned or follow us on Twitter or Instagram @TeamColostomyUK
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, both in terms of raissing awareness of living with a stoma to new audiences, and coverage in both the Rugby League and national press.
vs Medway Dragons – July 21st 2018
vs South London Silverbacks Masters – September 21st 2018
vs PDRL (Physical Disability Rugby League) United – November 10th 2018
vs Medway Dragons – April 20th 2019
We’re hugely grateful to our Team of 2019 sponsors.
Gold sponsors – Securicare Medical https://www.securicaremedical.co.uk/
Silver sponsors – Pelican Healthcare https://www.pelicanhealthcare.co.uk/
Bronze sponsors – Cheney Payroll services http://www.cheneypayrollservices.co.uk/
Shorts sponsors – Welland Medical https://wellandmedical.com/
Training shirt sponsors – Dave Kaye Associates https://davekayeassociates.co.uk/
Paul Anderson – Ex Great Britain, England, Leeds Rhinos , Halifax, Bradford Bulls & St Helens. Current England Knights and Warrington Academy head coach
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