Sports Club Hub – The Big Rugby Run

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Starting today, as part of a new focus on the work of clubs and how they operate, Sport for Business will carry a daily feature highlighting the activities that clubs across all sports and in every corner of the country are bringing to life.

The Sports Club Hub will develop over the coming weeks and months to provide a full suite of supports and services for those who are doing what they can on the ground, day in, day out,  to bring sport to life for every level of society.


The Big Rugby Run campaign involved 117 rugby teams and 1,700 runners when it took place earlier this month and now the Zurich Foundation has announced that it will top up the money raised for charity, bringing the total sum to €60,000.

The event centred around a *virtual* team relay challenge event that captured the imagination of the Irish Rugby community and raised over €40,000 in donations on the day for ‘Feed The Heroes’.

The new €20,000 donation, made by the Z Zurich Foundation, backers of the Rugby Players Ireland Tackle Your Feelings campaign, matches 50 per cent of the fundraising achieved by the teams who completed more than 5,800kms, equivalent to 137 full marathons

The campaign attracted support from all areas of Irish Rugby, including underage, schools, junior and senior clubs with men’s and women’s teams, referees’ teams from provincial and national panels, a huge number of retired Rugby Players Ireland members, tag rugby squads from the ITRA circuit, a Rugby League Masters team, a Rugby Media Team and the Emerald Warriors squad.

The team behind the event, Ex-Munster & Leicester Tigers player Johne Murphy and Graham Ross from PSA Academies are now looking forward to May 2021, when #TheBigRugbyRun is expected to return bigger and better following the hugely positive feedback from the inaugural event.

We’ve been blown away by the success of #TheBigRugbyRun and today’s announcement of the 50% matching donation from the Z Zurich Foundation is the icing on the cake,” said Murphy.

“A massive thank you to them for backing up their support of Rugby Players Ireland with such a generous contribution. We’re delighted to have now raised just over €60,000 for Feed The Heroes and their fantastic efforts to #fuelthefrontline during the height of the crisis.”


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