VolkerRail has signed up as main sponsor for Railway Children's charity ‘Rail Touch Rugby Tournament’, taking place on Thursday 2 June. Employees at VolkerRail are also competing in the event, held at the Rugby school; one of the oldest independent schools in Britain.
The event, run for the first time last year, is organised in conjunction with Network Rail. Fourteen teams from across the rail industry will be taking part in the event, to help raise money and awareness for this worthy cause.
VolkerRail currently holds the title of ‘Rail Rugby Champion’, after winning the event last year and is determined to be successful again this year.
Commenting on the event, Andrew Fawkes, Installation manager at VolkerRail and the company’s team captain said: “Last year’s event was such a great day. It gave us the opportunity to have fun and play rugby against some great teams whilst raising money for such a worthy cause. It was great to see the VolkerRail spirit and character shine through and we aim to do the same thing this year, to ensure we bring the trophy back home.”
Katie Ferrier, senior programme manager at Network Rail said: “Rugby is such a fantastic game, breaking down barriers and fostering a great sense of team spirit and of course this being the home of rugby is too good an opportunity to miss! In the rail industry team spirit is evident in everything we do from the massive infrastructure projects we work on to the day to day operation and running of our service. This tournament is a chance to develop relationships in individual teams and across the industry. However, most importantly, it is about raising money for a very deserving cause.”
Katie Mason, events manager for Railway Children said: “The event is invaluable both in raising funds for Railway Children and in networking with supporters and potential supporters of the charity. Last year’s event was such a great day and allowed us to raise £70,000. The sponsorship paid for by VolkerRail will cover the costs of the event and means all money raised this year will help us to change the lives of vulnerable children at great risk on the streets in India, East Africa and here in the UK.”