With the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final just over 24 hours away, excitement is building at Comic Relief headquarters.
Since forging a partnership with the charity five years ago, Premiership Rugby and its twelve clubs have raised a significant amount for the charity – this year alone raising more than £200,000 for Sport Relief 2016. This money will fund a wide range of projects including the HITZ programme which tackles some of the greatest challenges facing young people today such as unemployment, crime and disillusionment.
When the Twickenham final rolls round tomorrow, many of Comic Relief’s volunteers and staff will descend on the home of rugby again – with the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final the perfect opportunity to highlight their special affiliation.
"We’ve had a partnership with Premiership Rugby for some years now, and they’ve raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for us with all the clubs around the country getting involved," said Sam Shave, Comic Relief’s Sports Partnerships Manager.
"They’ve done a range of fundraising activities to raise money for us and it is all credit to the great effort by all of the clubs and Premiership Rugby themselves.
"Some of that money goes back to fund Premiership Rugby’s HITZ programme which is a really strong, award-winning social inclusion programme that has helped many young people in the last few years and shows the power of rugby to do good."
A donation of £1 from every match programme sold at the final will be donated to Sport Relief, the climax of a fantastic season of fundraising for the charity.
Events this year have included a dedicated Sport Relief weekend – Round 17 of Aviva Premiership Rugby – and the Premiership Rugby Hall of Fame Dinner.
"The Aviva Premiership Rugby Final is the perfect platform to showcase Comic Relief as our official charity partner and we are thrilled to have been able to work with them to improve the lives of many young people around the world,” said Wayne Morris, Community and Corporate Social Responsibility Director at Premiership Rugby.
"Premiership Rugby, and indeed rugby as a whole, has a great tradition of supporting worthwhile causes – and Comic Relief is certainly one of those. We look forward to continuing this long-term partnership."
Comic Relief is a UK charity, which aims to create a just world, free from poverty. Since 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1billion. That money has helped, and is helping, people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world. For information about Comic Relief and the work it carries out, please visit www.comicrelief.com. Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).