Hull University side latest to get Assem Allam cash
HULL City owner Assem Allam has come to the aid of one of the city's university rugby league club.
He has donated a four-figure sum to the University of Hull Rugby League Club, which plays in the country's top division for student teams, the Super Six.
The club is one of the few in the university league that has to do its own fund raising, yet it is expected to compete against well funded clubs from universities across the country.
According to first-team captain James Deighton, players have even gone as far as growing Movember moustaches to raise the money needed to fund travel to and from away matches.
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He said: "A lot of the other teams in the Super Six are well funded by sponsors and corporate partners but we have had nothing like that.
"It has made it difficult for us to keep going.
"So I decided to write to Dr Allam to tell him about our struggles, more on the off chance than anything else as I didn't expect to get an answer, but we did.
"Just to get a reply was fantastic so when he said he would like to help us we could barely believe it."
The team were presented with a cheque at Allam Marine's headquarters, on Wyke Way, Melton, near Hull.
Deighton said the club would use the money to buy new training equipment and to help fund away matches, which can be as far south as Gloucester and London.
"Dr Allam didn't ask for anything in return," he said.
"It really is so generous of him and the money will make a huge amount of difference to our club. We're all extremely grateful."
The Tigers' owner has a long association with the University of Hull after completing his Masters Degree in Economics there in the 1970s.
In 2009, he donated £1.5m to the university to establish a new bio-sciences research centre on campus – the Allam Building – where research into cardiovascular and metabolic conditions, and investigative work into cancer, are carried out.
He has praised the rugby league club for reaching the top league in the university division of the sport in the absence of external funding.
"The fact Hull Rugby League Club has become one of the top university sides in the country on so little money is testament to how dedicated and hard working all its members are," he said.
"I'm happy to donate money to ensure the team can continue to go from strength to strength without having the extra burden of fund raising distracting them from their training, and help cement the University of Hull's reputation as an excellent place to be involved in sport."