Grasshoppers RFC partners with rugby in India

4th September 2017

Grasshoppers RFC partners with rugby in India

Grasshoppers RFC, based in Isleworth have formed a unique partnership with leading Indian rugby club Jungle Crows in Kolkata. Mike Reilly, former Grasshoppers 1stXV captain and head coach, visited Jungle Crows in April to meet their founder Paul Walsh, an ex British Diplomat, and also ran two training sessions for the club.

Jungle Crows have a charity foundation, Khelo Rugby, which helps numerous disadvantaged communities through the sport of rugby, and thousands of children each week benefit from this. Mike noted that he "found the work they are doing in Kolkata incredible. The club is literally helping get deprived kids off the street. Rugby is helping them to develop in numerous ways both socially and economically…real life changing moments for the individuals”.

Leading local club Grasshoppers have now decided to help with the developments in India. The first initiatives include sending spare kit and equipment to Kolkata, providing financial support towards individual players’ education and sponsorship, and setting up a player/ coach exchange programme. Paul Walsh recently visited Grasshoppers and commented "It is brilliant to link up with Grasshoppers. An expansive club with strong ties to the local community and fantastic core values similar to our own. Their support will greatly help us sustain and grow our social development work in India”.

Chairman of Grasshoppers Gary Cunningham added "As a diverse and multicultural club with an increasing number of players from the local Indian community this is a unique exciting initiative”. Presently Grasshoppers are getting all their players and families to donate any spare kit and boots to send out to India. If you have any kit you would like to donate too then please drop off at Grasshoppers RFC, MacFarlane Lane, Isleworth, TW7 5PN.

The club are aiming to send a shipment out to Kolkata in the next few weeks.

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