ORRFC Supporting Ukraine Refugees Play Rugby in the Local Community

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Published: 13 October 2022

This Article was Written by: Old Reigatian RFC


Working with volunteers from the United Ukraine Foundation and the UK, Old Reigatian Rugby Club (ORRFC) have launched ‘Train for Ukraine’.

Many Ukrainian refugees have arrived in the UK with nothing! They are trying to integrate into local communities whilst starting a new life. 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 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 bursaries. Allowing adults and youths to join their local rugby club.

A special match on the 29th of October between Old Reigatian and Old Colfeians will launch the campaign. This will provide the springboard for the idea so other clubs can follow.

The initiative is also supported by the amazing team at Akuma Sports. They have donated their expertise to get the concept off the ground. The team have created the amazing shirts ORRFC first team will be playing in.

Each of the playing shirts will be auctioned off after the game. Training t-Shirts will be available to order on the day or via the ORRFC website. All proceeds go towards supporting ‘Train for Ukraine’.

We are starting with Rugby as Ukraine has a rich rugby history and always epitomise the values of the game. However, the ‘Train for Ukraine’ initiative is one which any sports club can take up.

You can also show your support by donating via justgiving.com.

To watch the match on the 29th of October head down to Old Reigatian RFC, Geoffrey Knight Fields, Park Ln, Reigate RH2 8JX.

For more information about Train for Ukraine, contact Tom Brading – 07770 678 966


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