Savannah Andrade. Spreading Greetland Allround the Globe!
Whatever your disposition, to be a member of the rugby league family all it takes is a shirt on your back and a team badge sitting proudly on your chest.
Earlier this week I stumbled on an iconic photograph featuring Women’s Super League Player Savannah Andrade and a little boy wearing a Greetland Allrounders shirt. This sounds very normal except this photo was taken in Gambia and the little boy had no shoes on.
I recently caught up with Savannah, 19, to talk a little bit more about her rugby background and the story behind the photograph. Here’s what the Winger from Huddersfield had to say to GRM SPORT.
On her Rugby background
“ My brother plays rugby and I have always gone to watch him and the Giants. I didn’t really get into playing rugby until a coach from Huddersfield St Johns came into our school to run a coaching session, I was 14 at the time.
“ I’ve played for Bradford Bulls Ladies for 3 seasons now, we’ve won pretty much every competition and I am now part of the leadership group in the team assisting the younger girls.
“The aim this season is to stay fit enough to get in the starting team and play week in week out, the 2021 World Cup is fast approaching and I want to push for selection.
The story behind the Gambian boy and the Greetland Allrounders shirt.
“ Well it all started with my first trip to Gambia last November. I went on a short holiday with some friends and was amazed by how little the locals had. We bought sweets for the children and they were so happy and it meant a lot to them, this was a very rewarding experience. Gambia is beautiful, we did Wildlife tours with Lions and Crocodiles etc.
“ I enjoyed my first trip to Gambia so much I had to go again, so I booked a trip to return at the end of February. Before leaving for my second trip I asked friends, family, coaches and teammates to donate clothing, I knew how little the locals had out there based on my first trip.
“ The photo came about when I was handing out sweets and clothing to the little children. One of our coaches Mark Seal donated a Greetland Allrounders shirt. When I gave the shirt to the little boy I could tell it made a huge difference, he literally had nothing. I walked down the street to buy some more sweets for the kids and when I returned he already had the shirt on! They’re soccer mad out there so he probably thought it was another football shirt. You can sometimes take these things for granted but it was such a rewarding feeling doing something so small which meant a lot to him”.