NEW College and Wakefield College joined forces for the Varsity Challenge Shield in December. The event was held to raise money for Try Assist, The Rugby League Benevolent Fund. The fund provides assistance for players who have suffered serious injury while playing the game.

It is one of the Lady Mayor, Councillor Heather Hudsons’ chosen charities, and it is the charity that students and staff at both colleges selected to be the beneficiary of the annual events’ proceeds for future years. Last Friday, Steve Ball, the Manager of Try Assist who is helped by the fund, came to NEW College to receive a cheque for the monies raised by students from the two colleges at Varsity 2009. A total of £713.08 was raised though ticket sales for the Grand Finale Rugby fixture played at Belle Vue, and through raffling tickets for a Castleford Tigers home game and a Harlequins signed shirt. Steve Ball said on receiving the cheque, ‘Try Assist relies on fundraising from events such as Varsity 2009, and we’re very grateful for the support from NEW College and Wakefield College. The students have done a great job, and we’re looking forward to working with the colleges in future’.

Students and staff from NEW College will be taking part in the Carnegie Rowing Challenge on April 15th 2010. The event is in aid of Try Assist and will see stars of the game compete directly against fans of the game in a bid to complete the 42,195 metre indoor rowing marathon. Further information can be received from carnegierugbyleague@leedsmet.ac.uk.
Photo: Left to Right – Danny Wadsworth (Wakefield College), Kelsey Morgan (Wakefield College), Jenny Taylor (FESCo NEW College), Steve Ball (Manager Try Assist), Geoff Burrow (GMB Sports Officer), Jimmy Gittins (Try Assist), Andy Petch (NEW College Rugby League Coach), Nick Young (FESCo Wakefield College), Laura Evans (NEW College) and Josh Barraclough (NEW College)