Bulldogs and Eagles contest memorial game

Bulldogs and Eagles contest memorial game

THE third-annual Jo Cox Memorial Game will take place on Sunday when Batley Bulldogs take on Sheffield Eagles.

The match at Mount Pleasant, the home of the Bulldogs, is a special tribute to former Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox, who was murdered in 2016.

The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium will open its doors for free from 12.30pm for a family fun afternoon with fairground rides, live music and food ahead of the game at 3pm.

The Batley club and More In Common – a community group that promotes Mrs Cox’s legacy locally – will cover the entry costs.

The Bulldogs were victorious in the inaugural game in 2017, but Sheffield snatched a win last year.

The memorial game is one of a series of events organised as part of the national Great Get Together campaign, which aims to bring communities together across the weekend of June 21-23 on what would have been Mrs Cox’s 45th birthday.

Mrs Cox’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, said: “We have hundreds of Great Get Together events registered across the whole country and it makes me so proud to see the many amazing things being organised right here in the area that Jo and I grew up in.

“I feel passionate about the power of sport in bringing people together and this game is a special part of our Great Get Together celebrations.”

In the lead-up to the big event this weekend the Bulldogs, Batley Cricket Club and members of More in Common have developed a project bringing young people together, called Sporting Heroes. 

Youngsters from both sports clubs came together to take part in rugby training, quick cricket and other multi-sport activities and they will take part in pre-game activities on Sunday.

Batley Bulldogs head coach Matt Diskin said: “This weekend’s game will support the work of More in Common and provide opportunities for people to make new relationships.”

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