Grasshoppers rugby team fund-raise for Australian

C110965-1 Chi Jun9 Rowing  Photo Louise Adams''Young rugby player Devon Arden is encouraged during his charity rowing session by his team mates and the Chichester Mayor Tony French.
C110965-1 Chi Jun9 Rowing Photo Louise Adams''Young rugby player Devon Arden is encouraged during his charity rowing session by his team mates and the Chichester Mayor Tony French.
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The Grasshoppers rugby team at Chichester High School for Boys raised a whopping £1,000 in just two days after starting a challenge to row to Australia to fund a sporting tour of the country next summer.

Two of the school’s rowing machines were set up outside Natwest bank in East Street in full view of shoppers and 20 members of the team used all their strength to row as many miles as possible.

Over the two days they managed to row to Paris, which is around 300 kilometres, and worked hard during some very hot weather.

Team coach Martyn Tilling said: “It was very, very successful.

“We’d like to thank everyone who donated money and supported us during the challenge.”

The team will be hard work again tomorrow, where they will have a third rowing machine set up in East Street so members of the public can help them reach their target.

The team will also be manning the cloakroom at the school’s ball on July 8 and running a summer fete to help generate more cash for the trip.

The exciting trip next year will include a tour of several schools around Australia where they will compete in a programme of games aimed at improving their skills and enabling them to experience a different style of play.