Northampton Saints Rugby Club welcomed the Association to their stadium for a match in April after being inspired by a talk from Blesma Member Simon Harmer. In March 2017, Simon gave a talk to the rugby club on behalf of the Association, which resulted in Blesma being the club’s chosen charity for its match against Saracens earlier this year.
Prior to the game, Saint’s prop Jamal Ford-Robinson (far right) even grabbed a bucket to help with the collections that raised more than £1,000 for the Association.
Founded in 1880, Northampton Saints is rugby club with a long and illustrious history, boasting world-class players ranging from World War One hero Edgar Mobbs up to present day England captain Dylan Hartley.
Lifting the European Champions Cup back in 2000 with Pat Lam and Tom Rodber at the helm, the Club was also home to World Cup winners Matt Dawson, Steve Thompson, Paul Grayson and Ben Cohen in 2003. After a completely unbeaten 2007-08 season in the Championship, Saints were straight back up into the top flight and building towards their historic double-winning season. And after reaching the final of the European Champions Cup in 2011 and then Aviva Premiership final in 2013, Saints finally reached the heights they had worked so hard for in 2014 – lifting both the European Challenge Cup and Aviva Premiership trophies in the space of eight days.
Over that time, Saints have become the heart of the Northampton community and continue to support local, national and international organisations and charities. Collaborating with local schools in both rugby and educational support, Saints have also recently branched out to include a Wheelchair Rugby team. And though they have supported Blesma’s cause for a number of years, the Club hopes that this link will only continue to grow.