Following the success of last year's inaugural Contractors vs Consultants rugby match, more than 25 local companies in the construction industry once again took to the field last week for another full contact charity event with a difference.
The game at the Cambridge University Rugby Union Football Club raised an amazing £5,288 for Alzheimer's Research UK, which is locally based at Granta Park.
Scores of people lined the touchline to watch 50 players battle it out on the field, in a game which included seasoned amateurs and first-time rugby novices.
A fully-qualified Rugby Union referee was on-hand to ensure the event (which was a four x 20-minute quarter format) was as firm, but fair as possible.
The match was the brainchild of Paul Kirkwood from VINCI Construction UK and Ben Hayek from Bidwells, who conjured up the idea while watching England vs Wales in the Six Nations last year.
Paul Kirkwood, Captain of the Contractors' Team said: "When we first came up with the idea for the game we had no idea how much interest it would generate – from people wanting to play, through to those wanting to support from the safety of the stands! It’s absolutely fantastic that the construction industry can come together like this for a local worthy cause. This year we threw together a most disparate group of construction professionals to play rugby on the hallowed Grange Road turf, with the sole intention of raising awareness and money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Each year it brings with it beefier blokes in to the mix – and I have the happy curse of stepping up and being part of a game I love, respect, but can’t actually play that well – all for charity. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Ben Hayek, Captain of the Consultants' Team, said: "We are delighted that so many fellow professionals signed up to support this event and put themselves forward as players too. There was a great mix of current players, ex-players, and guys who've never played before, and all the training sessions have really paid off in putting together a close match that we hope everyone enjoyed. I hope we'll do it again next year, but for now, I just need a couple of weeks to recover!”