Kicking meningitis into touch

1st June 2018

Big-hearted charity fundraisers in North London are holding a summer rugby tournament to help kick meningitis into touch

Rugby tournament

Haringey Rhinos RFC is inviting men’s and women’s clubs from across the capital and beyond to enter teams in either a men’s 10-a-side or a ladies' 7-a-side tournament.

It’s in aid of us and Addenbrooke’s Hospital and to help raise awareness of the disease and carry out research into vaccines and prevention, after the mum of one of the women’s team’s players fell ill with meningococcal septicaemia. Thankfully she’s now on her way to making a good recovery.

Friendly, fun and relaxed

Club captain, Sam Shirley, said, “The tournament is for any rugby club wishing to continue their rugby through the summer season in a friendly, fun and relaxed environment."

“There will be plenty of development teams taking part as well as the more experienced squads, so there will be something for everyone.”

There will be two pools for each tournament, where all the teams will play each other before moving onto the cup, bowl and plate finals.

The tournament will take place on Saturday 30 June at Haringey Rhinos RFC, New River, White Hart Lane, N22 5QW and entry is £60 per team.

For more information visit the Facebook event page for the tournament.

Support one another

Sam added, “Rugby is a sport where your team mates become a family you can rely on to support one another; the rugby world is an extension of that so we are grateful to everyone for their support."

“Having been there to support our player’s family through her meningitis experience, we would now like to extend this support to the causes who are fighting back against this devastating disease too.” 

As well as raising money through the entry fee the club will be holding a raffle and auction and would be grateful for donations of prizes from businesses looking to support the tournament. Anyone who can help should email Sam at

Best wishes for a successful tournament

Carrie Bater, our Community Fundraiser, said, “Thank you so much to Sam and everyone at Haringey Rhinos for your support. I hope lots of clubs join you on the day and that you have an enjoyable and successful tournament.”

“Your efforts will make a real difference to those who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it.”

For more information and to enter a team in the tournament email Sam at

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