Plymouth Dolphins fundraising for Rome Rugby Tournament

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Plymouth’s first and only LGBT+ rugby team; Plymouth Dolphins are undertaking a 2164km running, cycling, and walking challenge this March to raise enough funds to enable the team to go to Rome to play in the Bingham Cup this May.

The challenge, taking place across 30 days from the 1 st of March to the 29th March, will see the team individually track the distance they run, cycle, swim or walk, adding to a combined team.

The team are already halfway to their target having already raised £2,500 which will help them travel to Rome for the tournament this May. The donation page is still live for donations as they continue the challenge.

Head Coach Ciaran Olford, Assistant Operations Manager for Stagecoach in Plymouth, said “I love playing rugby and to be part of a club that plays such an important role for the LGBT+ members of the community is amazing, the fact that I also get to be part of a team with other colleagues from Stagecoach is an added bonus. Attending the cup competition would be great for the team and I can’t wait as Head Coach to lead them to victory.”

The team, formed in 2022, provides an important safe space for the LGBT+ community.

Peter Knight Stagecoach South West Managing Director said: “We are honoured to sponsor the Plymouth Dolphins, and are very proud of Ciaran and the other Stagecoach employees for taking on this mammoth fundraising goal for their team. To get to Rome will be a huge achievement and we wish them every success. “

To help the team with their fundraising efforts, visit: