Logan Holgate: Rugby memorial follows 18-year-old player’s passing
Will stop a rugby league game to remember a sudden death of a “rising star” in the sport.
In Whitehaven, Cumbria, Logan Holgate, 18, played for the Hensingham Amateur Rugby League Club. He passed away on Wednesday.
In honor of the “bright young guy” who “played with distinction,” his teammates and clubs throughout the nation have made tributes.
On Sunday, supporters will assemble in Whitehaven for a minute-long applause in his honor.
Game to be stopped
In honor of Logan’s jersey number, we will stop the game between Whitehaven and Workington Town in the seventh minute.
Whitehaven RLFC chairman Ashley Kirkpatrick said: “We came up with the concept so fans, players, and clubs on both sides [could commemorate Logan]. He made a significant influence, was a rising star, and represented his nation.”
Fans and club members will cheer when the game is televised in the Hensingham clubhouse on Cleator Moor Road.
A representative told the BBC that the Hensingham ARLFC wanted to make sure that no one left out of the homage.
Logan gained notoriety in 2021 when he made his England Community Lions debut in an under-16s game at Colwyn Bay while still an apprentice at Sellafield Ltd.
He had represented the Lions in the exact capacity as his brothers Ellison and Fletcher.
He later went on to assist the Lions in their victory over France in the Under-19s European Championship final in Italy last year.
Logan is slated to play for the Salford Red Devils reserve squad this season after joining the club’s under-18 route.
Hensingham ARLFC stated more than 48 hours after his passing that the club, friends, and family had appreciated the support, which it referred to as a “testament to his character.”
The club spokeswoman explained that the reaction was just disbelief due to the player’s young age.
He had such a significant impact. The Rugby Union and other football clubs have sent their condolences, as have clubs from the south, Lancashire, and Yorkshire. The people in the room are wonderful.
“It’s been incredible to see the response, and we’re sure it will bring his family a lot of comfort. For a young kid to make such a significant influence is testament to his character.”
The club is putting together long-term strategies to honor Logan, which may include renaming the uniforms in his honor.
“Nothing will go on as usual. He’ll be there for every game, “the club tacked on.
Since Logan’s passing, more than £25,000 has been contributed to an online charity for his family.