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Jason Robinson will be the star attraction
11:18am Thursday 24th May 2012 in Sport
Dual-code international and former British Lion Jason Robinson is undoubtedly the star attraction at Saturday's Nathan Cubitt Tag Rugby Festival at yKeighley Rugby Union Club (9am-5pm).
The 37-year-old ex-Great Britain rugby league star and former England rugby union international has certainly embraced the idea of helping the injured Keighley Rugby Union Club teenager.
Robinson, who has obtained sponsorship from Proskins and Grange Jaguar – two companies he is closely associated with – will also be playing for and coaching Nathan’s under-17 team and has promised to stay all day.
All of the teams (there will be a maximum of 32) will be in fancy dress, and there will be a prize for the best kit. Teams will be signing on at 8.45am for a 9am start.
But there is plenty going on apart from the rugby in a day that has been organised by family friend Mark Dunstan, with a tug-of-war event halfway through the tag rugby, and Nathan deciding the winner of a bake-off competition, with a prize for the tastiest.
There will be plenty of other food on offer, including a barbeque and, from 1pm, a hog roast, both courtesy of Hog Roast Yorkshire. Other delicacies include a pie-and-pasty stall and cake stall, while Nathan’s sister Naomi will be making sure that the younger end aren’t forgotten in terms of entertainment by holding colouring competitions, face painting and pass the parcel etc.
In addition there will be nail painting, dancing and more games, as well as a raffle and tombola.
The bar will open at 11am but bacon butties, tea and coffee will be available from the clubhouse from 9.30am. Admission for the tag rugby is £4 but under-17s are allowed in free, while volunteers will be needed throughout the day.
Evening entertainment will be provided in the clubhouse when the Little Earthquakes are providing live music.
Doors will open at 7pm, with the band on stage from 8.45pm. Tickets are £5 per person.
Nathan broke his neck playing rugby for Keighley under-17s last November, and his misfortune has led to a coming together of the global rugby family, both known and unknown.
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