CHARITY CURTAIN RAISER THIS SUNDAY

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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.