Bulldogs gear up for pink weekend

Batley Bulldogs will run out in a one-off pink strip for their match against Oldham on Sunday as part of the clubs breast cancer fundraising efforts.
Batley Bulldogs will run out in a one-off pink strip for their match against Oldham on Sunday as part of the clubs breast cancer fundraising efforts.

Batley Bulldogs will stage their fourth annual breast cancer fundraising weekend, which will culminate in Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship Shield clash against Oldham at Fox’s Biscuits Stadium (ko 3pm).

As become the norm in recent seasons, the Bulldogs will wear a one-off pink kit for the game, with shirts sponsored by individual supporters to swell the coffers.

The club has raised over £30,000 for breast cancer charities over the past three years but the Bulldogs are hoping this year will surpass anything before.

Batley’s fundraising weekend begins to0morrow (Friday) when they host a tea/, coffee and cakes afternoon in the Boardroom at Mount Pleasant from 2pm.

The cost is just £2.50 and gives supporters chance to relax and mingle ahead of a hectic weekend.

The club are staging a family 10k walk on Saturday (10am) from the ground to to Birstall.

Supporters are asked to meet at the club at 9.30am, when coffee and bacon sandwiches will be available, before setting off along Bradford Road and into Birstall, having a complimentary drink at Priestley’s Sports Bar, followed by a short walk back to the club.

Throughout Saturday, a junior rugby tournament takes place at Mount Pleasant, when there will be stalls and a bouncy castle for children to enjoy.

The day culminates with pink pig racing in Ron’s Lounge at the club from 6pm when supporters young and old are invited to watch, have a little flutter and buy a pork sandwich.

Batley’s annual pink match takes place on Sunday when Oldham are the visitors and supporters are asked to turn Mount Pleasant into a sea of pink in a show of support of breast cancer charities.

The Bulldogs will play in their one off pink kit which is then distributed to fans who have pledged money for them.

Throughout the day there will be entertainment, stalls and a bouncy castle and at the end of the match there will a ducking stool where fans have the opportunity to duck club and match officials.

A group of 120 Batley fans are also staging a sponsored walk from London Broncos to Wembley Stadium ahead of the Challenge Cup final between Hull and Wigan Warriors on August 26, which will further boost the efforts.