International rivals engage for grassroots game
England and Exiles players joined forces last week in support of grassroots Rugby League.
The players go head-to-head here at The Halliwell Jones Stadium in Friday 14th June in the International Origin match, but were more than happy to be on the same side at amateur club Thatto Heath Crusaders.
In the lead up to national Volunteers' Week this week, 1st to 6th June, Crusaders hosted an ‘Engage with your club' event to repair some of their pitches and were delighted to welcome some unexpected assistance.
England quartet Chris Hill and Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves), Lee Mossop (Wigan Warriors) and James Roby (St Helens), were joined by Exiles' Pat Richards (Wigan), Sia Soliola (St Helens) and their assistant coach Phil Veivers. Thatto Heath's England Women's contingent Dani Bound, Jenny Welsby and Jodie Cunningham were also on hand.
Phil Veivers said: "Without the grassroots game there is no professional game. This is what Rugby League is all about and we're all really pleased to be a part of it."
Volunteers' Week celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. James Ogden, community activation manager at Engage Mutual, added: "Volunteers' Week is the perfect time for clubs to start thinking about holding an ‘engage with your club' action event in order to make a positive impact on Rugby League at a grassroots level."
‘Engage with your club' is a partnership by former Super League sponsor Engage Mutual and Rugby League Cares, to support amateur rugby league clubs and encourage local volunteers to help improve their facilities.
03, Jun, 2013