Rugby ladies glam up for charity day
LADIES adding a touch of glamour to the muddy man's world of Beverley Rugby Club are putting the champagne on ice for a charity fundraiser.
Following the success of last year's inaugural Ladies' Day, social committee members want this year's event to raise money for the Pink Ribbon Campaign breast cancer charity.
At the first event, more than 50 ladies got dressed up to enjoy some pampering and a glass of bubbly on a day that boosted the club's community profile.
This time more local businesses are sponsoring raffle prizes and organisers hope to take their Ladies' Day a stage further.
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As well as treats from places such as Mediterranean restaurant Lucia and De Lacy spa, there will be stalls selling jewellery, beauty creams and hats.
Beverley RUFC junior section secretary Mandy Price said: "The idea was initially copied from Driffield rugby club. They told us it was really popular.
"Ladies' Day is also a big event at Beverley Racecourse.
"It was really successful last year. We did things like put out a red carpet and some of the players put on dicky bows to greet the ladies."
For a first effort, the rugby club Ladies' Day was hailed a success after raising £1,000 for club funds.
Last year, Ladies' Day coincided with the last day of the season, where Beverley RUFC were battling relegation.
Despite beating Burnage 19–0, Beverley were relegated from National League Division Three North after results failed to go their way elsewhere.
This time, the April 6 event coincides with a game against Wheatley Hills from Doncaster.
Beverley look in line to be promoted straight back up to National Three North after enjoying some hefty victories this season.
But, while the rugby is important, Ladies' Day is more about introducing the club to new people. Rugby clubs pride themselves on providing a family atmosphere and Beverley run a thriving youth section as well as organising a range of entertainment throughout the year.
Mrs Price said: "I was brought up with rugby. My dad played and my mum did the pie and peas.
"Now my husband runs the bar at Beverley and my children play. My eldest son, Stephen, has played since he was six and now he's 14. My daughter, Emily, who's ten, runs the tuck shop.
"I've had a massive amount of friendship from people in all walks of life. I love the social side of it."