Cambridge University rugby team on The Manor to kick off varsity partnership

22 September 2017

Captains Lara Gibson and Charlie Amesbury pose with Cambridge Match Ambassador David SummersCambridge University rugby players from the men’s and women’s teams threw their support behind disabled people in the county this week.

The teams paid a visit to Leonard Cheshire Disability’s care home The Manor in Brampton, to promote the charity’s partnership with the annual Varsity match. 

The players met and chatted with the disabled adults living at The Manor and presented them with a signed rugby ball.

This also provided an opportunity for residents to join the rugby players in front of the camera as part of a film that will help raise awareness of disability.

This film will be shown on before The Battle of The Blues on 7 December at Twickenham in front of thousands of rugby fans.

Speaking as an ambassador for the match, Manor resident David Summers said:

‘It’s really exciting to meet the players and I’ll be going to Saturday’s Community Day at Cambridge Rugby Club and the match itself.’

Men’s team captain Charlie Amesbury commented:

‘We’re all aware of the links between the Varsity match and Leonard Cheshire Disability and it’s important to actually meet people who actually benefit from the charity’s work.’

Women’s team captain Lara Gibson added:

‘This is my first Varsity match as captain and this visit kicks off the build up to the game nicely, it was lovely to meet everyone at The Manor.’

The Varsity Matches will take place as a double header beginning at 11.30am at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday, 7 December, and is set to attract large numbers of rugby fans live at the stadium and watching on BBC Sport.  

Leonard Cheshire Disability has been charity partner for the fixture since 2014.

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