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Robert Clack rugby boys get sponsorship boost for South Africa tour from MID Group

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 December 2018

Robert Clack pupils receive a cheque for £7,500 from the MID Group towards their 2019 rugby tour of South Africa

Robert Clack pupils receive a cheque for £7,500 from the MID Group towards their 2019 rugby tour of South Africa

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Robert Clack School received a massive boost ahead of their 2019 rugby tour of South Africa thanks to a generous donation from the MID Group.

A group of 30 pupils from the Dagenham school are due to visit Cape Town next year as part of an ambitious and costly trip that has taken a year of planning and two years of fundraising.

PE teacher Dan Curtis, a former student at the school, has taken the lead on the project and said: “We are trying to make this trip affordable for all of our players and to do that we set ourselves a target of £20,000 to help make the impossible a reality.

“Whilst on the tour the students will visit a township and coach local students, take part in conservation activities including a safari, visit Robben Island and of course play some rugby.”

The MID Group Building Company have undertaken a number of building projects at the school, including new premises at Lymington Fields, and donated £7,500 towards the tour.

MID Group’s Andrew Shepherd said: “We are delighted to support the school in its endeavours and are particularly happy to make this donation towards the 2019 rugby trip.”

Headteacher Russell Taylor, another former student at the school, added his apprecation, saying: “We are very pleased to receive this donation from the MID Group.

“We have developed a very positive relationship with them and this contribution is the latest example of support they have given the school.”

Robert Clack’s director of sport Pete Goyette showed his thanks, while calling for any other businesses who might be able to help to get in touch.

He said: “This donation is both generous and humbling and I’d like to thank Andrew and the whole team at MID Group on behalf of all the lads.

“We’ve done well with regards to fundraising so far, with raffles, quiz nights and tour dinners to mention but a few, but this will make a significant difference, perhaps more than they will ever realise.

“We still have a little way to go to hit our target, so if there are any other would-be sponsors who would like to get involved pleased contact me at the school.”

*To contact Robert Clack School call 020 8270 4200.

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