Hartlepool Teenager Comes Forward to Spread Awareness of Huntington’s Disease

Touch rugby is a game of fun, skills and absolute enjoyment. Usually played by six players on each side, this game is very popular among people of all the age groups. This time, this game was played for a noble cause, to raise the funds for people affected with Huntington’s disease.

Ellie-Mae Morgan, a little girl of 16 years was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease in March 2012. From then, her condition has only worsened. Since this disease is not a known one, her teenage elder brother, Harry-Jon Morgan who is a student of Hartlepool Sixth Form College has started the mission to make people aware about this disease and its symptoms and cure.

The young boy recently organised a touch rugby competition to raise the awareness of Huntington’s disease. The day was all set, the teams were ready and everybody couldn’t wait for the game to start. The total number of teams that actively participated in the competition was 10 including the ones from the college and all across Hartlepool. It was held at West Hartlepool Rugby Club in Catcote Road.

Harry-Jon, one of the most popular faces of his college rugby team and Billingham Rugby Club remarked that the day was great. He added that the teams from Brinkburn College, High Tunstall School, St John’s College, and West Hartlepool Rugby Club supported his mission to raise funds for Huntington’s disease victims.

Few other members who joined were from Harry-Jon’s own college, Hartlepool Sixth Form College. The teams raised around £160 and the best part was that all the teams and people present over were eager to know about the disease. The entire amount was donated to the Huntington’s Disease Association, an organisation that supports the victims of this disease and proffers information and relevant advice to the professionals.

Harry-Jon said that his sister witnessed the game with her carer and was extremely happy to receive the attention of all the rugby teams and audience present around the event. Since the competition was a great success, and the aim of spreading awareness was fulfilled to its absolute extent, the brother of a Huntington’s disease hit victim and his college rugby tutor have planned to make it an annual event.

Chris Hyndman, the coach of college rugby team supported Harry-Jon completely and encouraged him in his aim. The teenage boy added that even after he graduates college, the competition of touch rugby will keep on supporting the families of the victims of this disease. He remarked that all the teams enjoyed to the fullest, and even the members and audience that did not play the game were excited with the game’s fulfilled aim.

Harry-Jon said that presently, there is no cure for Huntington’s disease which is a disorder of the central nervous system. But one can know about its symptoms that include gradual loss of speech and mobility. The boy was able to enlighten the minds of many and has supported hundreds of people suffering from this disease.

Redditch Ladies Team on a Lookout for Touch Rugby Enthusiasts

Touch rugby is a popular game and the Redditch ladies team is looking out for some new people to join the league. Touch rugby, which is a derivative game of rugby football, is a game where players play against their opponents by touching them on their hands or body.

This sport is generally played to train people for rugby, but now has become quite a popular game in itself. It is quite different from the original form of the game and hence, the rules and regulations are also different. It is also easier than the original game and can be learnt by anyone during training.

The training sessions include a lot of fitness activities as the game involves a lot of physical movement. Hence, it will prove to be good for fitness freaks or people who like to be physically fit and active. Redditch Club is a big organisation, which has cricket and hockey teams as well.

The team is looking out for women between 13 to 50 years of age who would be interested in training themselves in this sport. Founded by Carol Hebden and Gabby Hemming, this team came into action in September 2010 with a small group of five.

Currently, this team has 20 players and Carol is the captain of the team. The team is now four seasons old and is called Queenfishers or Queens. It comes under the Midlands Touch League, which has 11 more teams.

Other teams, which fall under the Midlands Touch League, are Pershore, Stratford, Rugby St Andrew’s, Ross-on-Wve (which has two teams), Sutton Coldfield, Hereford, Bromyard, Camp Hill, Wellesbourne and Cannock. There is a rule that a club, similar to Ross-on-Wve, which have two teams can only win medals in the tournaments or get positions, but they cannot win league points.

The current position of the Queenfishers is sixth. However, under the supervision of their coach Mr. Garry Mills they are aspiring to get to the fourth position by this season. The schedule of the season states that 10 tournaments begin by the month of February and go on until November. All these 10 tournaments generally take place on Sundays. There are points that each team gets in the tournament, and they are added to determine the final position of the teams.

This is a very healthy game to keep up the sportsman spirit alive in you. Women can play this game to be physically and socially active. Women who have ever been into sports, but haven’t been able to actively pursue them can definitely give touch rugby a try.

Redditch ladies team have their training sessions all year round, and on Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30pm. If you think that this can be your sport too, then you should not give this one a miss. Visit them at their club, which is located on Bromsgrove Road. You can also call them on 01527 62807. You can also connect with them on Facebook.