On Saturday 9th May, 2 Touch Rulz held their final trials to select the English team to compete at the SATUC World Cup from the 29th August – 3rd September 2015. The location was a fitting one, with the pitch resting under the famous arch of Wembley Stadium, the spiritual home of English football. Despite the closure of nearby Wembley Park tube station, every single registered trials turned up on the day, showing just how dedicated these boys were to their achieving their goal. In total 65 boys competed for only 8 places which spoke volumes of the fierce competition to participate at SATUC’s inaugural Cup in Egypt.
Further speeches were given by 2TR CEO Charlie Browne, 2TR Academy Director Chris Rule, 2TR Social Transition Manager Pete Issac and Scottish gymnast and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Steve Frew. From 10 am – 3 pm the boys gave it their absolute all and once the final 8 were chosen after a very tough selection process by legendary community coach Clasford Sterling MBE, there was joy and disappointment in equal measure. Even the boys who had fallen at the final hurdle gave fantastic feedback not only for this event, but for the trials before, while parents of some of the successful boys called up relatives to announce the good news with tears in their eyes. It was clear that participation at the 2015 SATUC World Cup meant a huge deal not only to the boys, but to their parents and entire families as well. All the 8 boys are individuals who have come from areas of real social deprivation and extremely challenging living circumstances – to be able to welcome them to the SATUC World Cup this summer is a real privilege for SATUC and a ringing endorsement of why Sheikha decided to found SATUC and set up the inaugural SATUC Cup.