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Community Rugby Coaches help IPF with triathlon efforts

02 October 2012

  • Collins and Osleton inspired by Olympics
  • Injured Players Foundation benefits from Warwickshire pair
RFU Community Rugby Coaches Ant Collins and Dan Osleton, who took part in their first triathlon in support of the RFU Injured Players Foundation

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Two RFU Community Rugby Coaches took part in their first triathlon last weekend to raise money for the RFU Injured Players Foundation.

Ant Collins and Dan Osleton, who are Community Rugby Coaches in Warwickshire, tookm part in the event in Stratford upon Avon and have so far raised £600 for the IPF.

Collins, who plays for Old Coventrians, and Osleton, who plays for Bournville were inspired by attending the Olympic triathlon in Hyde Park in August.

“We had never really thought of competing in a triathlon but we took our families down to Hyde Park in London to watch the Olympic triathlon that was held there and it must have sparked something as we both kept saying how good it was.

“The next thing I knew was Ant had texted me telling me he had signed up to do one in five weeks’ time and encouraged me to enter’’.

Despite the limited preparation time the rugby duo did well for triathlon novices with Collins clocking with 1.23.12 and Osleton not far behind Dan with a time of 1.27.14 .

“We hadn’t thought of doing it for charity until we were at Twickenham for an orientation day and during one of the conferences we visited the RFU Injured Players Foundation stall which had been set up to raise awareness of the great work that they do,” Collins said.

“People have been so generous with their donations we have raised a lot of money in such a short time and are still hoping to get more in over the next month.”

Sponsorship donations for Collins and Oselton’s triathlon efforts can be made by visiting:  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=WarwickshireRFU&isTeam=true

The RFU Injured Players Foundation supports people who sustain a catastrophic injury whilst playing rugby. The charity provides help and support for both players and their families in the early months of these injuries as well as in the long term and incorporates the former SPIRE Rugby Trust charity.

In addition to this support, the charity takes a more active approach to conducting and supporting research and education aimed at preventing injuries and identifying how injured players can be helped more effectively.