Back in August, the Solent Seahawks narrowly defeated the Hertfordshire Cheetahs to lift the Southern Trophy - on April 15, the two teams meet again in a pre-season game. There’s no silverware at stake in this game, but a more noble cause - raising money to help fight cancer.
Nearly everyone has been affected in some way by cancer - whether directly or as a relative or friend of someone with the disease. The Seahawks are no different. Many of the players, coaches and staff have all had friends and relatives who have suffered with the cancer - and sadly, last year one of the young players father lost his battle with the disease during the season.
There are more than 360,000 new cancer cases in the UK every year, and 50% of people born after 1960 will, at some point in their lifetime, be diagnosed with one of the 200 different variants of the disease. Although survival rates are increasing, charities like Cancer Research UK need donations to keep funding the valuable work that they do.
To mark the start of the teams tenth season of competition, the Solent Seahawks have chosen to support Cancer Research UK with this charity game. Both the Seahawks and Cheetahs have been busy raising money for Cancer Research UK ahead of the game on April 15, and on the day, proceeds from a voluntary admission fee, a football throwing competition and the refreshments stall will all be donated to the charity.
Football America UK, the country’s leading supplier of American football equipment and merchandise will also have their travelling shop on site, as well as halftime activities and (not forgetting) what should be a great game of football as both teams prepare for the upcoming British under-19 season.
If you want to donate, you can do so ahead of the game by visiting the teams donation page at https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/team/solent-seahawks-charity-match or come along and support the Seahawks on April 15, at Test Park Sports Ground Lower Brownhill Road, Southampton, SO16 9BP. Kick-off is at 1pm, but the gates open at 12pm. Admission is entirely voluntary, but if you wish to donate, the club has suggested that Adults give £5 and under 18s donate £2.