Rugby community comes together to support injured player

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Market Harborough RUFC held a special tournament in support of a nine-year-old rugby player from Stamford, who was critically injured after falling from his team’s bus on his way home from a rugby tour.

Stamford Rugby Club held a festival on the day of the incident, on April 27, but due to the accident the under-nines tournament was cancelled.

The Market Harborough club wanted to lend its support to the youngster, Seb Goold, and offered to hold a special under-nines fundraising festival in the town.

It kicked off on Sunday with players from Nottingham Moderns, Coventry Broadstreet, Olney, Oundle, Huntingdon and Peterborough Lions joining the festival at the Northampton Road ground.

Money was raised for Seb and Stamford RUFC through programme sales, team entrance fees and a kangaroo court which included coaches having custard pies thrown at them.

Overall, £1,300 was raised on the day and other local clubs not in attendance gave donations too.

Club mini junior chairman Mike Fletcher said the club wanted to help after hearing about the accident, adding: “I want to thank all our club volunteers and also the visiting clubs for making this festival possible at short notice and for entering into the spirit of the occasion.”