Eastmoor Dragons U15s plea to keep team running

Eastmoor Dragons u15s team
Eastmoor Dragons u15s team
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Teenage rugby players fear their team could fold after only one season if they do not attract enough new talent and money.

Members of Eastmoor Dragons under 15s squad are hoping their peers will lace up their boots and put on a rugby shirt to keep the team thriving.

And to help raise awareness of their plight, players will take on a 15-mile fundraising walk.

They will hike from their Eastmoor Sports Club ground, on Woodhouse Road, to Huddersfield Giants’ John Smiths stadium next month ahead of their clash with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Each age group of the Dragons has to raise its own funds and recruit new players so it can continue to move up through the age ranks to U-16s and beyond.

Touchline manager Caroline Cooper hopes the act will generate interest in the team, as well as raising around £500 for the voluntary-run outfit.

Mrs Cooper, of Eastmoor, said: “The lads have done fantastic this season, even though we have not had a full squad for most of it.

“Sometimes we have had to play with one less player or not had any substitutes to replace them, but the boys have not complained and got on with it.

“If we don’t raise enough money and awareness of our team for new members we are afraid it will fold next season.

“We had good interest and that is why we set up a new team, so we are hopeful we can keep it going.”

The squad is coached by Mrs Cooper’s husband, Andrew, and John Nicholson, while her son James, 14, plays for the team.

They began their first season this year at under 15 level and will stay as a unit.

Members train every Tuesday and Friday from 6.30pm.

Players, coaches and families will set off from the club at around noon on Sunday, September 1, and walk the 15 miles to Huddersfield before watching the Super League clash.

Money raised from the sponsored walk will go towards training equipment, tracksuits and to help pay for transport to away games.

To get involved contact Mrs Cooper on 07972 030087.