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August 16th 2023

Exciting news for 2024! we are delighted to be introducing women’s and wheelchair rugby league teams to our Team Colostomy UK family.

Wheelchair rugby league is genuinely the most inclusive sport of all – not solely a disability sport, as non-disabled people are welcome to compete as well, and both men and women, all ages, can play in the same team.

Women’s Rugby League has grown massively over the last few years thanks to high profile coverage on the BBC and Sky Sports.

We are planning taster sessions for both sports late in 2023/2024 plus the opportunity to play in some festival style tournaments too.

If you would like to be involved or want more details on either of our new teams please email getinvolved@colostomyuk.org

August 1st 2023

Fresh from a brilliant day at Odsal on July 30th where we faced the Bradford Bulls PDRL side, we’re delighted to announce that we’ll e returning to Lancashire on September 9th to take on our old friends Chorley Panthers. For more details visit our fixtures page

May 15th 2023

We’re delighted to announce that we will be taking part in the Great Get Together Rugby League day on June 4th in Batley.

Inspired by the late Jo Cox MP and her message of unity, twice a year the Great Get Together encourages people to come together in their communities and make new connections.

On June 4th Batley Bulldogs will be facing York Knights in BetFred Championship action, and before then at 12.45pm Team Colostomy UK are playing the British Asian Rugby Association.

Gates open at 12pm and the whole day is free to attend. As well as two Rugby League matches , you can enjoy live music, family friendly activities and much more. For details on how to get to the venue visit https://www.batleybulldogs.co.uk/stadium/

Find out more about the Great Get Together here

March 15th 2023

We’re hitting the big smoke! On April 22nd we’re taking on St Albans Centurions

We kick off at 12.45pm. For more details on directions and entry click here

January 11th 2023

We’re back! Our first game of 2023 will see us take on Leeds Rhinos PDRL at the South Leeds Stadium, home of BetFred League One Hunslet RLFC. We kick off at 12.45pm and the game will be a curtain raiser to Hunslet V North Wales Crusaders.

For more details including ticketing and directions click here 

January 6th 3023

We’re thrilled to announce Ostique as our new Training kit partners for 2023.

The UK based company’s branding will feature on our new training and off-field range due for launch February 2023,

Olivia Rose Chief Marketing Officer at Ostique commented on the partnership  “We at Ostique are thrilled and honoured to be sponsoring Team Colostomy UK this year. At the heart of everything that we do is our mission to empower ostomates to live their fullest and best lives. Team Colostomy UK fully embodies that philosophy, by striving to raise awareness of the ostomy community, and in proving that a stoma is not a barrier to contact sports. We are really excited to support the team this season and to see the players wearing Ostique Sk.ns during their matches”

Colotomy UK’ Giovanni Cinque was delighted to welcome Ostique on board “We’re excited to have such a young and innovative organisation joining the Team Colostomy UK family. We’ve got some great ideas on how together we can use the power of Rugby League to raise awareness in our team and what we do, so stay tuned!”

You can find out more about Ostique through their website here

September 9th 2022

What an amazing day we had on September 8th at Team Colostomy UK V Chorley Panthers part 3, with nearly £1,000 raised and a number of new debutants. Huge thanks to all our friends at the Panthers for their continuing support.

July 17th 2022

Our competitive debut! Four years on from our first game we took the field in the London 9’s  and faced the national teams of Albania and Norway, as well as the Bangor Buffaloes from Wales!

An amazing experience for everyone who took part

April 25th 2022

Two Great Britain Rugby League superstars of the past will be facing Team Colostomy UK when we take on the British Asian Rugby Association in Batley on May 22nd.

Ex Leeds Rhinos and Hull, and former World Player of the year Garry Schofield will be in the opposition dugout after he agreed to take on a coaching role, while former Leeds, and Batley outside back Carl Gibson will be pulling his boots on for our opponents.

Team Colostomy UK V British Asian Rugby Association takes place on Sunday 22nd May at the Foxes Biscuits Stadium, Heritage Rd, Batley, West Yorkshire WF17 7NZ, kicking off at 1pm. It will be followed by Batley Bulldogs V London Broncos at 3pm

March 25th 2022

Team colostomy UK and the British Asian Rugby Association (BARA) are delighted to announce that they will be facing each other in a charity Rugby League game on Sunday 22nd May.

The game will take place at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium, home of the Batley Bulldogs, and will be a curtain raiser to the Bulldogs BetFred Championship clash with the London Broncos. It will be played under modified masters rugby league rules to enable players of all ages and abilities to take part.

Team Colostomy UK Rugby League is an initiative from the National charity Colostomy UK. It aims to challenge and change perceptions of what it means to live with a stoma, and show that having a stoma need not be a barrier to achieving anything in life, including playing the toughest of team sports. For more information visit www.ColostomyUK.org

The British Asian Rugby Association was formed by Dr Ikram Butt, the first British Asian to play Rugby of either code for England. It is a dual code, inclusive, UK not-for-profit NGO of 18 years standing. It has a history of campaigning for equality and inclusion for Asian communities (not exclusively) in rugby, and has delivered tangible projects which break down cultural and religious barriers and provide sporting benefits to a much under- represented minority ethnic community.

Speaking on behalf of Team Colostomy UK Giovanni Cinque said “We’re delighted to be playing such a prestigious game, and as a curtain raiser to the Championship fixture between Batley and London. The conditions that can lead to stoma surgery are prevalent across all communities in the UK and we hope that our game with BARA will help increase awareness of our charity in West Yorkshire and how people can access support from us if they need it. We’re hugely grateful to Ikram and BARA for the fixture, and to everyone at Batley Bulldogs for hosting us.

On behalf of BARA Ikram Butt commented “We are looking forward to getting back onto the playing field after a two-year absence due to a variety of reasons. No better way to kick off our season is to support an important cause and help make a positive difference to people’s lives. We would like to thank Giovanni Cinque for this wonderful opportunity and our primary sponsors Regal Food PLC and La Romantica Beds for their continued support.’’

Team Colostomy UK V British Asian Rugby Association takes place on Sunday 22nd May at the Foxes Biscuits Stadium, Heritage Rd, Batley, West Yorkshire WF17 7NZ, kicking off at 1pm. It will be followed by Batley Bulldogs V London Broncos at 3pm.

March 9th 2022

We’re excited to have launched our 2022 Playing kit and training wear. The new range is available to buy online now here and will be worn for the first time for at our game on April 3rd against York Lokos.


February 8th 2022

Our first game of 2022 will take place on Sunday April 3rd when excitingly we face York Lokos as a curtain raiser to the BetFred League one match between Hunslet and Oldham.

The day provides a great opportunity for us to showcase the team, plus reach a new audience in South Leeds.

A Hunslet RLFC spokesman commented on the fixture “The club look forward to welcoming the Colostomy UK charity who do some fantastic work across communities”

Our game will kick off at 1pm with Hunslet V Oldham at 3pm. Entry for both games is £15 and admission for our match will be via the members desk

September 29th 2021

We’re delighted to announce that on Saturday 20th November Team Colostomy UK will be travelling to Leeds to take on a Bramley Buffaloes side at the Arthur Miller Stadium.

After a Covid enforced layoff,  three highly successful comeback games against Robbie’s Roos, Invicta Panthers, and Chorley Panthers have created some great momentum which the team will be keen to continue against a club that are no strangers to Team Colostomy UK.

In 2019 the Buffaloes hosted our game against the Political Animals, while both teams are sponsored by Cheney Payroll Services, hence when we meet in November it will be in the Cheney Payroll Services Challenge.

Bramley Buffaloes chairman and owner of Cheney Payroll Services Martyn Cheney is delighted to host the game “Bramley Rugby League club has a rich and varied history dating back to 1879, but we’re also a modern community focused organisation who are always looking for opportunities to support initiatives that can make a difference, like Team Colostomy UK. We’re looking forward to welcoming them in November and helping to challenge perceptions of what it means to have a stoma”

Giovanni Cinque from Colostomy UK commented on the announcement “Martyn and the Buffaloes have been really supportive of us ever since day one, and we were honoured that our logo featured on the sleeve of their playing shirts this year. After the success of our last two games we’re really excited to have another opportunity to tackle the stoma stigma this year and look forward to an entertaining game in front of a big crowd against a club that have such a great history”

Team Colostomy UK V Bramley Buffaloes kicks off at 14:30 on Saturday 20th November at the Arthur Miller Stadium, Coal Hill Drive, Leeds LS13 1PA

September 15th 2021

Our game at Chorley Panthers generated some brilliant media coverage

Full- or three-quarter-page colour stories featured in the print versions of the Daily Mirror, Daily Express, and Daily Star who have a combined circulation of over one million.

The online version of the Mirror story can be read here https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/meet-team-colostomy-uk-rugby-24988790

The team also featured in the BBC Radio 5 Live Rugby League show. You can listen to the full episode hear https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p09vz50x and on the ‘Loose Forward’ podcast which is available to listen here https://looseforwardpodcast.podbean.com/e/up-the-purps-i-m-not-andy-and-twerk-twerk-twerk/

August 2nd 2021

Exciting news! On September 11th  Team Colostomy UK will be returning to the North West and our good friends the Chorley Panthers when we take on a Panthers Select as a curtain raiser to the first team game against Widnes Moorfield Tigers. Kick off is 3pm.

Our last visit to Panther Park saw a bumper crowd including Rugby League stars Josh Charnley, Anthony Gelling, Jamie Ellis, and Owen Farnworth entertained by an end to end game which was followed by a hugely successful fundraising auction and raffle.

Unfortunately the pandemic put pay to our plans for last year’s game but we plan to make 2021 even bigger and better than 2019!

Giovanni Cinque from Colostomy UK was delighted at the news

“Our players can’t wait for the game and excitement is building already. We’re so appreciative of the support the Panthers have given us since we started, and it’s very rare that you’ll see us line up for a game without at least 2 or 3 players in the team that haven’t also donned the famous Black Panthers shirt”

Kaven Ellison has a foot in both camps as a player for Team Colostomy UK and ex player and assistant coach at Chorley.

“I’m absolutely made up about being able to bring Team Colostomy UK back up to Chorley Panthers & the North West. It was a no brainer to reschedule this Charity game again after it got postponed last year. It means an awful lot to me & the club to have this partnership. To be able to raise awareness in not just the Rugby League community, but the wider audience a swell is brilliant.”

Chorley Panthers Select V Team Colostomy UK kicks off  3pm on Saturday September 11th.

Panther park, Chisnall Lane, Coppull, Chorley PR7 5LX

All spectators are welcome and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

For directions visit https://chorleypanthers.leaguerepublic.com/venues.html

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