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Kicking Challenge

Kicking Challenge

Friday 1 May 2015

A KICKING challenge which saw teams attempting to kick a rugby ball over the crossbar raised more than £1,200 for Male Uprising Guernsey.

The challenge was organised by AFM, main sponsors of St Jacques Rugby Club which has chosen Male Uprising Guernsey as its chosen charity for the next two years. Eight teams of four took on the challenge of attempting to kick a rugby ball over the posts from three different distances.

'AFM has a strong association with rugby as we are the main sponsors of St Jacques and when we were discussing ideas to raise money for charity, it made sense to do a challenge based around the sport. Despite the weather, it was a lot of fun and everyone who took part enjoyed it and more importantly we raised £1,280 for MUG,' said AFM managing director Darren Etasse.

Before the challenge began, St Jacques stalwart Tom Chamberlain ran a kicking masterclass so that teams could learn some useful tips.

The teams attempted to kick the rugby balls, which were provided by YESS Electrical, over the posts from three different zones and were awarded points if the ball went over. The winning team The Facilitators came from organisers AFM with Michael Knight, Simon Gill, Marty McNally and Wayne Harwood each receiving two tickets for a Six Nations rugby game. Mr Harwood was one of only three people who successfully managed to kick the ball over the crossbar from the halfway line.

Geomarine Giants came second and won phones donated by Sure with The Ringers, also from AFM, coming third and receiving vouchers from DHS. Everyone who took part was given a goodie bag by YESSS Electrical who also presented the top three teams with watches for the participants.

MUG chairman Trevor Kelham said he was constantly surprised at the inventive ways people raise money for the charity.

'It never ceases to amaze me what islanders come up with and people have really taken MUG and what it stands for to their hearts which makes our job of raising money and awareness of male cancer much easier. We want to thank AFM, St Jacques and everyone else involved for their efforts.'