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Re-formed Worth Village Rugby Club backs awareness campaigns
A Keighley rugby club which was re-formed earlier this year is supporting the fight against domestic violence and two types of cancer.
Worth Village Rugby Club – which was re-established after a gap of about 12 years – is participating in the drive to defeat both breast and testicular cancer, and in a separate campaign against domestic violence.
Club member Anthony McNulty said much of the hard work to re-form the team was done by its coach, Gary Baker, who is a regional organiser for the GMB union.
Mr McNulty said: “While we’re aware of the dangers of both types of cancer, it would be fair to say that from the male perspective testicular cancer is something many men still find difficult to talk about.
“Around half of all cases occur in men under 35 years, and more than 90 per cent occur in men under 55 years of age.
“It is the most common cancer in men aged 15 to 44.
“Some members of the team have experienced the fear and upset both illnesses cause, so are campaigning to promote the importance of self-examination amongst other things.
“The team strip has been designed by the players and incorporates pink and yellow logos – pink for breast cancer and yellow for testicular cancer. The strip is sponsored by local businesses.”
Mr McNulty, 33, who lives off Damems Lane in Keighley, said the team also promoted ‘Justice for Jane’, a campaign highlighting domestic violence following the murder of Jane Clough in Blackpool in 2010.
He said: “The campaign has strong support from the GMB and has so far been successful in changing the law around the right of appeal for victims of rape and domestic abuse.”
Worth Village Rugby Club is currently competing in division six of the Pennine League and plays its home matches at Marley.