Rugby club’s lockdown challenge gets players passing in salute to frontline workers

Wymondham Rugby Club have challenged players to a "pass it on" challenge to raise money for charity.

Wymondham Rugby Club have challenged players to a "pass it on" challenge to raise money for charity. Picture: Wymondham Rugby Club - Credit: Archant

A sporting lockdown challenge launched by a Norfolk rugby club is using technology to pass on its support to frontline workers during the pandemic.

The Wymondham Warriors, of Wymondham Rugby and Football Club, have launched “pass it on” charity fundraiser, with members of the under 12s, under 13s, their families and coaches trying to complete as many passes as they can.

The club have released videos of the fun challenge which shows each player catching the ball and throwing it to a team mate in a different location.

Peter Graves, who manages the under 13 squad came up with the idea, and challenged other age groups at the club and in the community to raise money.

The team chose to fundraise for Hospice UK, the umbrella organisation for hospices, which supports charities including East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and Priscilla Bacon Lodge and are halfway to their £1,000 target.

Mr Graves said the challenge put the “fun into fundraising” as each of the team came up with their own spin for the video.

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The under 12s team have also released their own video with the aim to raise £850 in aid of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital charity

Arthur Pattison, who coaches the team, said training and playing was a massive part of many people’s lives and a great outlet for many of the youngsters.

He added the fundraiser was a great way to get the whole rugby family, including mums, dads and siblings involved.

He said: “Like most rugby clubs across the country, we were all devastated by the early end of our rugby season due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Read more: Ambitious bid to deliver 130,000 meals a month to those in poverty“I have three boys, they all play rugby, the older ones play twice a week when they go to training. It’s a physical release, there are the friendships, it is full of camaraderie and not just with the players but the parents. Doing this they keep up their fitness and their sense of team.

“It’s really important the kids can look back and say we did something at this period of time, yes we made a silly video but it raised money for a serious cause.”

“This is our very own rugby salute to the NHS, the emergency services, social carers and all key workers.”

Click here to support the under 13 team and here to support the under 12s.

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