The University of Gloucestershire Rugby League side are about to start a year long journey to the 2021 Rugby League World Cup and will be travelling the whole world in doing so.
With the current lockdown measures in place across the UK, local people and sports teams have taking part in amazing physical challenges for a number of charities and good causes and the UGRL are doing their bit.
In typical UGRL style they aim to stand out and perform at the highest level and here it is no different. Over the course of the next 70 weeks, the squad (past, present and future) will aim to cover the world (61,576 km) by the means of walking, running, cycling and rowing – culminating in an epic final leg.
The final leg will see the squad cycle the 478km from Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester to Newcastle United’s St James’ Park in time for the opening game of the RLWC between Samoa and England on 23rd October 2021.
Their incredible challenge, named ‘UGRL Goes Global’ is all in aid of the Steve Prescott Foundation. Prescott was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP) and unfortunately passed away in 2013.
The foundation, which was set up in honour of the former St. Helens, Hull FC and Wakefield fullback in help injured rugby league players and to help win the fight against cancer and this challenge is to help raise awareness of this wonderful foundation.
Members of the Steve Prescott Foundation will be joining the UGRL side in the incredible final leg in October 2021 and will be looking to raise as much as possible for the foundation along the way.
Here at Severn Sport we are delighted to have been approached by the UGRL team to assist in the reporting and promoting of the challenge and will be keeping an eye on the progress of all of the participants.
One way in which we will be doing our bit to support the side is by providing weekly blogs and updates right here on SevernSport.co.uk to ensure that fans can show their support and keep track of how they are getting on…and of course to keep the squad focused as we will be picking participants at random to make sure they are all doing their bit!
UGRL’s Paul Bolger has explained how the challenge came about and how important the Steve Prescott Foundation is to the club.
“The whole idea came about when we were trying to think of ways that we can keep all of our boys involved and fit and ready, so once the lockdown has been lifted, we can really crack on to our individual club seasons and flow into the University pre-season nicely.
Our SU have been doing a great job of keeping us uni teams active and we really branched out off some of their ideas. A few conversations later and here we are!
We have been working with the people behind International Rugby League and using this opportunity to really put a positive spotlight on the sport we love and highlight all the nations competing in the Festival of World Cups taking place in England next year.
The support we have received so far has been amazing – We’re all really excited to see how this plays out.
We decided to use this challenge as a great opportunity to work with the Steve Prescott Foundation. They have been an amazing support to so many ex-players and the whole rugby league community and with some of the amazing challenges they’ve already undertaken in the past – it seemed like a no brainer!” Bolger added.
All distances covered starting today, 27th April 2020, will be recorded on the Strava app and progress can be tracked by all of those involved.
If you wish to show your support for the team and the incredible Steve Prescott Foundation please donate on their JustGiving page here – https://justgiving.com/fundraising/ugrlgoesglobal or by going to https://www.steveprescottfoundation.co.uk
You can also keep up to date with the UGRL side’s progress on their new social media accounts designated to the challenge, just search UGRLGoesGlobal on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram