December 6, 2006 -
Rugby clubs in the borough of Bromley have been supporting the White Ribbon campaign that marked last month's International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women.
The Safer Bromley Partnership is working with Bromley Rugby Development Group to highlight local sportsmen as role models in their campaign against violent behaviour towards women.
Collections took place at Bromley's rugby clubs to mark the day last weekend and many players will sport white ribbons as their personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
The Bromley Rugby Development Group consists of eight clubs: Beccehamians, Beckenham, Bromley, Old Elthamians, Orpington, Park House, Westcombe Park and Met Police Hayes.
All work in partnership with Bromley Mytime and Kent RFU to offer a school and club rugby opportunities in Bromley.
The eight clubs also competed for a White Ribbon Trophy for the side that scored the most tries in last weekend's league games.
Beccehamians were the first winners following their 28-7 win over Ashford in London Division Four South East.
Cllr George Taylor, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Safety and Chairman of the Safer Bromley Partnership, said: "Some 1,700 cases of violence against women were reported in Bromley last year. It's important that men don't turn a blind eye if they see others condoning such violence."
Matt Mitchell, Chairman of Bromley Rugby Development Group, said: "Rugby is and inclusive and compassionate sport and we're delighted that all our clubs have signed up to support this important initiative in the area and raise the profile of this issue.
"Our congratulations go to Beccehamians for outscoring the rest of the opposition to claim the trophy for the first time and we're looking forward to supporting the White Ribbon campaign annually from now on."