The Legends at Rugby A Double Centenary Celebration in aid of Cure Parkinson’s
The Legends at Rugby
A Double Centenary Celebration in aid of Cure Parkinson’s
Saturday 18th November, 2023
Organised by the charity Cure Parkinson’s in conjunction with the School, this event will not only celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the game, but also the 100th Anniversary of the famous match that took place at the School when an England and Wales team played against a Scotland and Ireland team.
From “The Times” of the 2nd November 1923.
“The celebration of 100 years of Rugby Football was achieved yesterday by the playing of a unique match upon the famous Close at Rugby School. The scene of William Webb Ellis’s famous exploit did not perhaps match the tumultuous atmosphere of a Twickenham or an Inverleith, but as the 2000 privileged spectators included 600 Rugby school boys, the game was worthy of the occasion, there was excitement enough and some to spare. The meeting of these combined teams of English and Welsh and Scots and Irish men did not fail to produce a remarkable game of moods and mannerisms. The weather was as perfect as the surroundings, it was a glorious autumn afternoon and the turf looked as splendid as the famous elms. Grandstands of course there were none and the Rugby boys forced to sit down along one side of the field were provided with a liberal stretch of tarpaulin ground sheets.”
So come and join us on Saturday 18th November 2023 for another match of ‘excitement, moods and mannerisms’ at the School and on the pitch where it all began, all in support of Parkinson’s research.
General admission tickets are now on sale; hospitality tickets coming soon.
Cure Parkinson’s is the only organisation in the UK solely dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s. Founded in 2005 by four people living with the condition, the charity takes a patient-led approach to funding innovative projects and inspirational scientists to modify the progression of Parkinson’s and to find a cure.
Since 2005 they’ve made significant progress towards their goal. As well as reshaping the approach to Parkinson’s research, Cure Parkinson’s has directly funded, or secured funding, for over £75 million of clinical trials searching for a cure for Parkinson’s. And they have been supported along the way by Patron and former England rugby player Mike Tindall MBE, who was a member of the English squad who won the 2003 Rugby World Cup. His father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2003, and Mike has shown incredible support for Cure Parkinson’s through hosting fundraising events and taking part in rugby, cycling and running challenges to help raise invaluable funds and awareness. Mike will captain the England/Wales team. Additionally, Old Rugbeian and the charity’s longest standing Trustee, Peter Berners-Price (St 56-61), has been instrumental in shaping Cure Parkinson’s fundraising events and campaigns over the last 13 years, and currently leads our Legacy-giving campaign.
But there’s so much more that they need to do for the 145,000 people in the UK and 10 million people worldwide affected by the condition. The team at Cure Parkinson’s believe that new treatments are closer than ever, and are committed to continuing to fund pioneering and collaborative research until a cure is found for Parkinson’s once and for all.