Staffordshire Police vs Staffordshire University Rugby

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Staffordshire Police are playing Staffordshire University Lions tonight at Stafford Rugby club, as the two sides meet in aid of the Police Memorial Trust charity.

Police Officers and staff have joined together to form a team to challenge the university’s rugby team.

The Lions have started the season well, winning two out of three in the league and progressed in the cup last week after seeing off Aston Men’s 2’s 31-7.

Former Staffs Uni player Elliot Waller organised the event and will be captaining the Police side, after leaving the university four years ago.

He said: ‘The team is doing really well. We haven’t had much training together but everyone’s gelled together nicely.

‘The UK Police Memorial Trust is a really worthwhile charity, the project is to build a monument representing all across the country, that have given their lives in the line of duty.

‘Hopefully we can raise as much money as possible to support the project’s completion.’

Many students at the university aspire to follow in Elliot’s footsteps and go on to represent the Police force, including student player Rhys Bickham.

Rhys said: ‘I believe the match is for a good cause, especially personally for me as I want to become a Police Officer, so one day this charity will likely benefit me.

‘I’m sure this match will help and make a difference for myself and other Police Officers in the future.’

Rhys is one of many freshers who’ve joined the club this year and have fit in competently.

He said: ‘The club has been brilliant, they’re all a great bunch of lads and it’s like one big family.

‘If we carry on as we are and keep the positive atmosphere around the club, there’s no reason why we can’t have a successful season.’

The match kicks off at 7:30 PM, with gates opening at 6:30 and it is free entry for all, so do make your way down to Stafford this evening.

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