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Newcastle Thunder stars swap the pitch for the road with Moody Logistics

Newcastle Thunder players Carne Doyle-Manga, a Cook Island international prop and Alex Donaghy, from the club’s U19s squad, visited our depot in Cramlington to learn new skills and take up ‘driving lessons’ in one of our heavy goods vehicles (HGV).

Two rugby players standing in front of HGV truck

Moody’s has supported and sponsored the Thunder since 2018, which is the North East’s only professional rugby league club. To mark the visit and its ongoing partnership with the club, we have named our latest new truck to join the fleet ‘Geordie Thunder’. The visit by Carne and Alex formed part of the Thunder’s annual ‘Big Day Out’ for the region’s grassroots rugby league clubs as the club engages with the community and its partner organisations. As part of our sponsorship with the team, we co-hosted the Moody Cup & Festival at Kingston Park on Sunday 19th May 2019, which provided youngsters the opportunity to take part in a series of games and activities, as well as Under 12s and Under 14 players to challenge for the competitive Moody Cup. The youngsters were also given Moody rugby-inspired ‘goodie bags’ that included branded rugby stress balls along with confectionary and refreshments on the day. Caroline Moody, Managing Director of Moody Logistics, said: “It was great to welcome Carne and Alex and to provide them with an insight into the company, as well as hone their HGV driving skills!

“The community is very important to us, as is supporting children and celebrating their achievements and enjoyment of sport, which also helps them to keep fit and get more out of life. We are proud to be supporters of the Newcastle Thunder and many other deserving clubs and causes in the region and look forward to co-hosting the Moody Cup & Festival again in the future.” Carne Doyle-Manga said: “The driving lesson was real fun, a lot different from driving a normal car as you have to gauge a wider turning circle, but it was really exciting, and I enjoyed it. “We are really grateful that our partners at Moody have created this awesome opportunity for our upcoming stars to practice and hone their skills.” Alex Donaghy added: “I’ve only just passed my driving test in February and it was quite scary - it’s a lot different from driving a little car! The HGV is more moveable and responsive than I thought it would be. I was driving it like a normal car then I realised that I had a 20ft trailer on the back and I was turning it too early!” See how they got on in the video below:

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