Gulf rugby com­mu­nity unites for char­ity mis­sion

Con­quis­ta­dors will do­nate kit and run rugby clin­ics in Mada­gas­car

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORTS - By Adrian Back @aidy­back

The Gulf rugby com­mu­nity will come to­gether next month as the Mike Bal­lard Foun­da­tion Con­quis­ta­dors head to the Sey­chelles and Mada­gas­car as part of a char­ity mis­sion.

Made up of 24 play­ers from eight dif­fer­ent rugby clubs across four Ara­bian Gulf coun­tries, the group will be hold­ing coach­ing clin­ics, play­ing the Mada­gas­can na­tional side and un­der­tak­ing some char­ity work.

“Both Mike and I were in­jured play­ing in West Asian Club Cham­pi­onship Fi­nals and the rugby com­mu­nity re­ally sup­ported us so we wanted to do some­thing pos­i­tive for an­other rugby com­mu­nity,” said Win­ston Cowie, player/coach of the Con­quis­ta­dors.

“We have been kindly spon­sored by Air Sey­chelles and are ini­tially over in the Sey­chelles to do­nate 20 wheel­chairs to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal. We are then head­ing to An­tana­narivo in Mada­gas­car where we will do­nate 30 wheel­chairs to a lo­cal char­ity - the As­so­ci­a­tion Aide Man­janksoa Mada­gas­car.

“It’s a busy sched­ule as we will then be hold­ing coach­ing clin­ics with ju­niors from 10 dif­fer­ent rugby clubs and schools.

“Af­ter the coach­ing clin­ics, a cur­tain raiser 7s tour­na­ment will be held be­tween the teams, fol­lowed by an ex­hi­bi­tion rugby match at the Mada­gas­car Na­tional Sta­dium be­tween the Air Sey­chelles Mike Bal­lard Foun­da­tion Con­quis­ta­dors and the Mada­gas­can na­tional team - ranked No.41 in the world.”

In prepa­ra­tion for the trip the team are col­lect­ing rugby kit to do­nate to the ju­niors in Mada­gas­car where 90 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion live on less than two dol­lars a day.

“This year is our first go at it and the re­sponse from the rugby com­mu­nity has been in­cred­i­ble,” added Cowie.

“Eight clubs are on board and are gath­er­ing kit and gear for us to take.”

For details on how to get in­volved and for more in­for­ma­tion on the trip visit the Mike Bal­lard Foun­da­tion Face­book page.

24 Play­ers from eight Gulf rugby clubs will take part in the char­ity mis­sion

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