Neath Athletic RFC Under 15’s is gearing up to face rugby teams from across Europe in style after a kind-hearted donation from Wales & West Utilities has meant they have been able to kit out the team with a range of new kit.

The 17-strong squad are gearing up for a tournament in Bournemouth next month and the donation from the gas emergency and pipeline service has given them an extra boost which has allowed the purchase of matching polo shirts, tracksuits and other essentials.

The tournament, on the 13-16 April, will see Neath Athletic compete against teams from across the UK whilst some teams are also travelling from parts of Europe.

The gas emergency and pipeline service for Wales and the south west of England provided the funding as part of its commitment to support the communities it serves.

Richard Howells, assistant coach and administrator at the Club also works for Wales & West Utilities as a Technician, and helped secure the funding from his employer. He said:

“The Club is a great setup and our team has attracted players from across Neath – from the Valleys to the town centre. We have people from all walks of life playing for us and sometimes extra-curricular activities can take a back seat in terms of what families can fork out for.

“This donation means such a lot. At this age the teams need to ensure that they’re in matching kit post-game so that they can go into the clubhouse – this donation has ensured that the lads look great on and off the field. We’re now hoping for the best in the tournament!”

Wales & West Utilities People & Engagement Director, Sarah Hopkins, said:

“We’re committed to support the communities in which we work. We’re delighted that the money has gone a long way to providing the kit the team needs. When Richard approached us we were only too happy to support him in his volunteer role at the Club. Supporting causes close to our colleague’s hearts is important and we are thrilled that this money will benefit the squad.”

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across Wales and the south west of England. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night. 

The company also has a multi-million pound, 30-year gas pipe investment programme which began in 2002. Old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings are being upgraded to new long-lasting plastic pipes with a lifespan of more than 80 years, to keep the gas flowing to heat homes and businesses now and in the future.