2011 is Robert Purdham’s Testimonial year, in recognition of his 12 years of professional service to Rugby League, mainly at Super League level in the South of England. His Testimonial commenced on 1st December 2010, for 12 months, to highlight his long service, number of games played, good character and his extensive work and service in the wider community.
Robert is the first and only professional English RL player to have played for a London Club at the premier level (Super League) continuously, for almost a decade, whilst living in South East England for the entirety of this period.
In conjunction with his Testimonial, Robert has chosen to support three charities with which he has a personal affinity:
Rob has chosen to support three Charities that mean something to him during his testimonial year.
- “Cancer research – I know members of this squad whose families have had cancer and it is a hard subject for everyone to talk about. Unfortunately my dad got it at the start of last year, he’s over it now hopefully but it affects everyone and we’re grateful what they’ve done for my Dad and other people in the family as well they they’re going to be looking after.
- “The Benevolent fund for helping all of our family after the Cumbrian shootings to others they help in rugby league.
- “Finally Help a Capital Child as we need as many people playing the game as possible and if we can help some children then one day they might grow up to play rugby league for Harlequins so it’s something myself and the committee are proud to announce we’re supporting these charities.”
During his Testimonial year Rob had a number of events planned and considers it a real privilege to be playing the game he loves for 10 years in London.
“It is a great honour, ten years ago when I first started I didn’t think about being down here for ten years, I thought I’d come down and try it and see how I got on. Ten years later I’m still here and loving it and it’s a proud moment to get a testimonial at any club but it’s special to be the first one ever in London.
Rob has a number of events planned for his testimonial, with an exciting cross code game in the planning.
“The major event we want to achieve is a cross code game – London Rugby League v. London Rugby Union – with a gala dinner afterwards.
“I think it would be a massive draw, something that hadn’t been seen for a long while since Wigan and Bath played. But this is different if it could involve Harlequins RL and Harlequins RU all under one brand.
“With two sets of Harlequins supporters being able to watch each other’s code and hopefully have a great day.”
“We’re hoping for July but obviously with the way our season goes it’s hard to plan anything. We have planned it for the Challenge Cup Quarter Finals weekend, although if we’re in it would have to be cancelled. I’d want the chance to be in Challenge Cup Semi Finals or even making the Final.”