Rugby club bears all for charity calendar in honour of its 50th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 12:52 27 July 2013

Saffron Walden Rugby Club

Saffron Walden Rugby Club


ALMOST 30 players, ex-players, coaches and committee members braved last Sunday’s chilly start to the day by stripping off for Saffron Walden Rugby Club’s latest Fifty50 fundraiser.

It was designed as a sneak preview of the club’s naked ‘Boys Behind the Balls’ 2014 calendar, being produced to raise funds in honour of the Henham-based outfit’s 50th anniversary.

In recognition of the milestone, club officials are aiming to reach the lofty target of £50,000 by the end of the year – with money raised being put towards improving facilities at the club’s ground.

Calendar project managers, Louise Jones and Laura Meszaros, were delighted by the turnout.

“We were thrilled at how many men turned up to model for the calendar,” said Louise. “All three senior teams were represented, together with some veteran past players and leading officers on the committee. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone for taking part.”

Models were tastefully photographed by professional photographer, Jamie Pluck, who produced black and white images using “appropriate props” to spare any blushes.

Robin Wardle, director of youth coaching said: “I offered to get involved to help raise funds which are desperately needed for repairs and improvements to the clubhouse and a new drainage system for the pitches. It also turned out to be a lot of fun.”

To raise additional funds and help cover costs, Louise and Laura are looking for businesses to sponsor each month of the calendar – e-mail or call 07884 435998.

The rugby club’s ‘Boys Behind the Balls’ calendar will be on sale later this year.

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