2015 promises to be a memorable year for the rugby fraternity as England prepare to host the Rugby World Cup.
To coincide with the prestigious tournament, Stamford Rugby are pleased to announce the launch of an ambitious cycling event, inviting local rugby clubs to come together to support injured Stamford player, Seb Goold.
Mini rugby player, Seb was just nine years old when he fell from a moving coach on the way back from the Easter rugby tour last year. The promising athlete suffered life changing injuries, including having to have his right leg amputated at the thigh to save his life.
Seb is working hard to recover, and has now reset his ambitions to compete in Paralympic sport. As an example of Seb’s attitude and determination, last month (just 15 months after his accident) he did a sponsored wheel chair ride to raise money for MND charities.
To help get Seb back on the pitch, coaches and friends from Stamford Rugby are organising the ‘Seb Goold 500’ – a 24 hour continuous relay, cycling around Rutland Water on 19-20 September, where three teams of riders will attempt to cover 500km.
The club is also hosting a single lap sponsored ride on Saturday 19 Sept, and has invited mini and junior players from other local clubs to join the ride.
“All our of our local opposition clubs ask after Seb every time we play them”, said coach Danny Cardew. “Now, in this RWC year, we want to show the local community how the rugby family works together off the pitch, by inviting junior players from across the local area to participate in the Seb Goold 500”.
The event has already received support from England coach Stuart Lancaster, who has donated a signed England Rugby World Cup shirt. This shirt will be awarded to the junior player who raises the most money for the Seb Goold Trust.