Battle of the Boys: DMU Rugby and Football team up for Charity Darts Night

By Beth Surridge

De Montfort University’s Rugby and Football clubs are coming together to put on a student charity darts night to support men’s health, later this month.

The two clubs will play against each other in a sport that is unfamiliar to them both with all proceeds going towards the Movember Foundation.

The foundation is important to both clubs, with both of them taking part in this year’s ‘Movember’ which involves growing a moustache and not shaving for charity.

Ben Nossiter, chairman of DMU Rugby, said: “The evening is going to be a great laugh in the name of charity and also to play on the competitive rivalry between DMU’s two biggest societies.”

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RIVALRY CONTINUES: Ben Nossiter (left) and DMU Rugby will take on Connor Parkinson (right) and DMU Football

The Movember Foundation aims to raise money for men’s health, which ranges from prostate and testicular cancer, to mental health.

Ben added: “Men’s suicide is the highest cause of death for young men and anything we can do to try and reduce this statistic is great.”

The foundation funds over 1,250 projects in over 20 different countries, and by 2030 they aim to have reduced the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.

The charity darts night aims to be a new, fun and inclusive event, inviting all students to get involved for a great cause.

Connor Parkinson, chairman of DMU Men’s Football, said: “We chose to do a darts competition because it has a great culture for having a good time and we wanted to organise an event where people would enjoy themselves whilst raising money for charity at the same time.

“Men’s football have raised over £1,500 for Movember already, and we anticipate the darts to bring in another £1,000 to be equally split between the two clubs.

“To the fans; we look forward to seeing you all for a great night in the SU. Enjoy it and give generously.”

The event is taking place on Saturday, November 23, and tickets are available on the De Montfort SU website.

To find out more about the Movember Foundation head to https://uk.movember.com/about/cause

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