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Saturday 12 September 2015

Solent staff to Mudder

A number of Solent Sport staff members are in the middle of training hard to take part in Tough Mudder on Sunday 27 September. The team are doing it all for a great cause, Sport Solent in the Community. Here, our Student Workforce Development Officer, Becki Jones, talks about the tough task ahead. 

What is Tough Mudder?

Tough Mudder is a team-oriented 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test physical strength and mental grit. Tough Mudder puts camaraderie over finisher rankings and is not a timed race but a team challenge that allows participants to experience exhilarating, yet safe, world-class obstacles they won’t find anywhere else. Watch the video from last year’s event

Team Solent

Team Solent will be entering a team of 15 (crazy) participants to take on the challenge of the course. The team will be made up of Solent Sport staff members and friends of the department. So far the team consists of Becki Jones, Matthew Bishop, Danni Grant, Louis Hunter, Nikita Wilson, Dominic Ducellier, Basia Dudek, Tom Morton, Carlina Lance, Amy Snell, and Matthew Ellerby. We still have four spaces left in the team. If you are interested in taking part please email

You may ask ‘why anyone would ever want to do this event?’ And the answer is to raise money for a very worthy charity! All money raised by the team will go to Sport Solent in the community.

Sport Solent in the Community

Sport Solent in the Community is a small grant scheme that supports community groups and individuals in Hampshire. Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support projects based on sport or physical activity that benefit the Hampshire community.

This year, the charity has awarded grants to three projects with one of them being Hurricanes rugby club. The Hurricanes are a rugby club for children and young adults with learning difficulties. As well as training, they play matches, travel away to tournaments and have social events.  The grant awarded by Sport Solent in the community will allow the club to purchase clothing to help enable players to train and play during the winter months.

Many of their players come from deprived social backgrounds and are unable to afford the waterproof/warm kit that they need to train during the winter.  Others within the club have additional health needs which means that they are unable to remain wet and cold for anything other than short periods. The kit purchased with the grant will allow for more children and young adults to play all year round.

All donations in support for the event and charity would be greatly appreciated. To donate, please go to the Give page.