Swing Low poised for Ripon switch

hsb  Leon Lloyd playing at the Swing Low Sweet Charity Tag Rugby Tournament.  090725M3g.
hsb Leon Lloyd playing at the Swing Low Sweet Charity Tag Rugby Tournament. 090725M3g.

The continuing uncertainty surrounding Harrogate Rugby Club’s future at its Claro Road ground has forced a charity rugby tournament to change its venue.

Swing Low Sweet Charity, the star-studded tag tournament that sees members of the public play with and against rugby stars of the calibre of ex-internationals Simon Easterby, Leon Lloyd, Paul Sampson and Martyn Wood - was to take place at Claro Road but will now be held at Ripon Rugby Club instead.

The July 9 date remains the same, and arrangements for the evening’s glittering charity ball have not changed, with Dancing On Ice 2011 finalist Laura Hamilton set to host the event at Harrogate’s Old Swan Hotel.

Swing Low organiser Ralph Zoing said: “Harrogate Rugby Club have been very upfront with us and said that, at this stage, they can’t give us any assurances on whether there will still be a rugby ground at Claro Road come July.

“So, ultimately, we’ve had to be pretty pragmatic about things for the sake of the tournament and the charities it supports by taking the decision to move it to Ripon Rugby Club.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Ripon Rugby Club for offering us their great facilities at such short notice, and we’re very confident that the tournament will once more be a great success.”

Swing Low Sweet Charity is the result of the shared passion of Ralph Zoing and business partner Howard Marshall for rugby and Ataxia UK and Reach, two charities close to their hearts.

Founded in 2003, Swing Low attracts rugby stars current and past and has raised more than £100,000 so far.

The charity recently launched a new website www.sweetcharityonline and can be found on both Twitter and Facebook.