Croesyceiliog kids kitted out thanks to Admiral
A mini and junior league rugby club in Cwmbran has new kit thanks to a donation from local employer, Admiral.
Croesyceiliog Mini and Juniors Rugby Club received the funding for rugby tops and hoodies after Jemma Croft, who works in Admiral’s Claims department in Newport, applied to the company’s Community Chest scheme. The scheme provides funding for charities, sports teams and organisations in which staff members or their families are involved.
The club is part of a mini/ junior league and competes against other teams across the county. It is run entirely by volunteers, the majority of whom are the parents and close relations of the children. Unfortunately, previous local sponsors had withdrawn financial support and with some members playing in hand me downs from older players, the club was really in need of some funding.
Jemma has a strong family connection to Croesyceiliog Rugby Club. Her brother coaches at the club and her niece and nephew both play for the team. She said, “I've been impressed time and again by the dedication and hard work put in by my brother, his fellow coaches and all of the parents at the club. They have created a fun and safe environment for the children where they learn respect and fair play whilst having fun.
“The children are hugely inspired by the Welsh national rugby team and are so proud to share the same sponsor name on their shirts! It was a real treat to be able to reward the club with the funding as they really do everyone in Wales proud with their can-do attitude.”
Jemma’s brother and Croesyceiliog Rugby Club coach, Darryn Maggs, said, “All of the children associate Admiral to the Welsh national team, and they've loved showing off their jerseys to the older teams and their siblings! And, as coaches we are thankful for the contribution the company has been able to make, not just to our team but to sport at grass roots level throughout Wales.”
Photo courtesy of Sian Hanlon Photography