2021 was the final season in Kevin Brown’s long and illustrious career and he’s wasted little time in giving back to the wider rugby league community.
The former Wigan, Huddersfield and Warrington star began his career at the DW Stadium as one of a number of exciting youngsters making waves at Wigan in 2003 before a move to Huddersfield saw him reach new heights developing into one of the top halves in the competition.
A move to Widnes followed before he joined Warrington ahead of 2017 playing in the 2018 Grand Final for the Wire but was unable to defeat former club Wigan in the Old Trafford decider having already lost to Catalans at Wembley that year. Unfortunately, he was injured the following year when the Wolves returned to Wembley and won.
Following the arrival of Gareth Widdop at Warrington, Brown moved to Salford where he finished his career making another Wembley appearance in 2020.
Now that’s all behind him Brown is ready to look forward and help the future of rugby league as the former Super League star leads a gruelling 48-hour walk from Leeds to Wigan to raise money for junior rugby.
He’ll be joined by fellow junior club coaches from the Orrell St James club – the junior side Brown’s son Harry plays for – as they walk along the Leeds & Liverpool canal looking to raise £20,000 in order to send over 30 junior players to Perpignan in 2023 in what should be amazing trip for all involved and key to the development of the potential future stars of Super League.
They’ll set off at 6pm on Friday 19th November and will arrive at Orrell St James at 7:30pm on Sunday as they follow the plan set out by the RFL’s John McMullen.
Speaking about the fundraising effort, Brown said: “I’ve been lucky enough to have been paid to play Rugby League and visit Perpignan as a professional player, but my roots are in the community game and this is a way of giving something back.
“We have 30-odd under nines kids at Orrell St James and we want all of them, regardless of family circumstances, to be able to make that trip to Perpignan. It will be a fantastic experience for them and some of them may even go on to enjoy careers in Rugby League as I have. I hope people out there can find a few pounds or even just a few pence to help them on their way.”
Brown will be joined on the walk by fellow under nines coaches Dave Dempsey, Stephen Fairhurst, Ben Hogg and Joe Molyneux as well as family and friends throughout the walk.
You can support their fundraising effort here.