On Wednesday 7th September the all parliamentary ‘Political Animals’ took to the rugby pitch, supported by Ladbrokes. MPs, Peers and political staff all took to the field at London’s prestigious Honourable Artillery Company to try a non-contact format of the game.
The Political Animals’ were joined by journalists from the lobby and the world of sport, whilst rugby league legends Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock, Kyle Leuluai and Paul Sculthorpe were also on hand to provide expert support.
The game was a tense affair ending 5-5, which provided Jamie Peacock with some extra game time following his recent u-turn after coming out of retirement for the remainder of the season for Super League side Hull KR.
Following the match, a reception was held in the House of Commons Thames Pavilion, to celebrate rugby league in the UK. At the reception, the award for the best player on the day was presented to Rt. Hon. Stephen Crabb MP.
Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group and Captain of the Political Animals rugby league club, Greg Mulholland MP, hosted the reception in Parliament. He said
“I am delighted that colleagues were able to join me and experience our great game first hand. Thanks to Ladbrokes, who are already big supporters of rugby league, for making this event possible, and allowing us to connect with even more politicians to spread our passion for rugby league. I hope that those who took part will look to get involved in the future and see the great work that our game does for communities across the country.”
Grainne Hurst, Director of Corporate Affairs at Ladbrokes added “We’re incredibly passionate about sport at Ladbrokes and rugby league is hugely important to us. As sponsor of the Challenge Cup we are delighted to be able to support the game at all levels and recognise the excellent work that it does for communities all over the country. It was great to see politicians and journalists who have never played the game before take part today, and I hope that their involvement will continue to grow the profile of the sport in Westminster and beyond.”
Source: SBC News