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Harper set to host “border war” sporting clash

Posted 6 May 2009

Harper Adams University College is gearing up for a busy weekend, with crowds expected on both Saturday and Sunday – for two very different reasons.

The college is hosting its annual open day from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, and on Sunday Harper Adams will be the battleground for an American Football “border war” between Shropshire Revolution and Staffordshire Surge. Members of the public are welcome to attend both free events.

The game, which will bring about 70 players to the Edgmond college campus, will be the first clash for the cross-border rivals and the first time the Shropshire side will stage a game away from their Telford Rugby Club home.

Ben Harper, sports and societies coordinator at the University College, said: “Harper Adams is delighted to be able to host this game, which is sure to pull in the crowds and provide a great afternoon of family entertainment.

“We are keen to work with members of the local community and this sporting partnership will build upon the work we are already doing with Nova FC and Telford Schools Football.

“Our Grounds Manager Mark Hall, who is dedicated to maintaining the high quality of the five sports pitches at Harper Adams, has had his team working hard to make sure the main rugby field is in top condition for Sunday’s clash.

“And the students’ RAG (Raising and Giving) team will be using the occasion to raise funds for charities, by operating a can bar and barbecue. In addition, the Pheasant Inn in Newport is supporting the fixture by providing after-match hospitality for both teams.”

Speaking ahead of the game, Revolution Head Coach Andy McAdam said: “The Surge are a team with a fine pedigree in British American Football and they include some exceptional players. We are going into the game with a wary respect for them. However we are in a confident mood, have a full squad and are desperate to put on a good show at our new, temporary, home.”

Kick-off on Sunday is at 2.30pm and entry is free, with parking on site.

At Saturday’s open day, visitors will be able to learn about all the teaching and research at Harper Adams, as well as visit the excellent array of facilities it has to support students on land-based higher education courses. See www.harper-adams.ac.uk

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