Canterbury Kits Out Spitfires Rugby 7s With a Fitting RAF Tribute as They Embark Upon an Inspirational 500 Mile Charity Cycle
Canterbury, kit suppliers to the RAF Spitfires Rugby 7s, has launched their 2013 jersey, taking its design directly from the classic spitfire markings.
The sleeves possess the sky blue underside of the wing as well as the distinctive black and white stripes, while the vintage yellow is taken from the iconic propeller blade tips.
The launch of the jersey co-insides with the inspirational charity ride the Spitfires Rugby 7s team are about to embark upon. Cycling from Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow to Twickenham Stadium, the members of the Armed Forces intend to call at several RAF stations and iconic locations along the way, all in the name of Force Development.
The Spitfires set off from Scotstoun Stadium during the Scottish leg of the IRB World 7s Series on 4-5 May 2013 and will finish at Twickenham Stadium in time for the final round of the IRB 7s on 11-12 May 2013, covering a distance of over 500 miles. Their ultimate goal is to raise £10,000 for Khelo Rugby and the RAF Benevolent Fund in the process.
Throughout this feat of endurance, the RAF Rugby 7s Spitfires will provide Canterbury an engaging video diary charting the undoubted highs and lows from what will be an incredible journey. Updated throughout the week, the video diary will be hosted exclusively on the Canterbury YouTube site and will be made available and shared with rugby fans across its blog and social media channels.
Events for the Spitfires along the way will include:
• A visit to Barnard Castle School on Monday, 06 May
• A trip to Derwent Dam (Derwent & Ladybower Reservoirs), where 617 Squadron practiced for the Dambusters raid 70 years ago
• A mid-week training session with the Leicester Tigers Academy on 9 May (England and RAF legend Rory Underwood will join the group for a day’s cycling)
• Several visits to RAF stations including RAF Leeming on 6/7 May and RAF Benson on 10/11 May, the penultimate day of the challenge.
Khelo Rugby is one of the two charitable causes benefitting from the cycle. This is a tag rugby project for disadvantaged children in India. The Spitfires have been involved in coaching tag rugby to children in the slums of Calcutta for over 18 months. Khelo is expanding within India and other countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan and Vietnam, which is helping grass roots rugby in developing rugby nations. The founder of Khelo rugby and Afghanistan 7s coach, Zaffar Khan, will be joining the RAF Spitfires on the ride.
The RAF Benevolent Fund is a charity close to the RAF’s heart; raising money to help RAF personnel and their families, past, present and future, in times of need. Their recent projects include funding for youth workers and play parks on numerous RAF stations across the UK through the Airplay scheme.
Spitfires Team Manager, Flight Lieutenant Nick Monahan, a Puma pilot currently based at RAF Benson, commented, “We’re really looking forward to the challenge and the whole week should be a real adventure. It’s not a usual undertaking for a rugby 7s team but our team spirit and dedication will get us down the country.”
More details on the team at http://www.rafrugby7s.co.uk
And their fundraising page http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/rafspitfires
Or text RAFS77 £5 (between £1 and £10) to 70070 to donate
The new RAF Rugby 7s Spitfires jersey is now available to buy from http://www.canterbury.com and £5 from each sale will go to the charities supported by the RAF.