A donation from Wales & West Utilities has allowed Ebbw Vale RFC to broaden its youth section and establish an under 12’s team.

The gas emergency and pipeline service has sponsored the team after one of its engineers, David Mochan, who also coaches the side, approached them for support.

The establishment of the team comes after the demise of Ebbw Vale RTB last year, where David was coaching. With young players, coaches and families not keen for the final whistle to be blown on the sport, they sought to join the existing club and established an under 12’s side in the process.

David explains:

“Our young players are passionate about the game and, so, when the club folded, they were distraught. Thankfully Ebbw Vale RFC were keen for us to join and we have been playing together as a team since the beginning of the season.

“Sadly, we didn’t have kit or sponsorship, but knowing much my employer, Wales & West Utilities, is committed to supporting local community initiatives, I thought I’d put in a request.”

The side received £300 from Wales & West Utilities as part of its continued investment in the communities which it serves.

David continued:

“On behalf of everyone at the club I’d like to say thank you to Wales & West Utilities for supporting our community team. We are looking forward to proudly wearing their logo during training and matches.”

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

“Our services play a key role in heating and powering homes and businesses, but we’re also committed to supporting the communities we serve in other ways. Fundraising and charitable giving is a key part of this.

“We are pleased to answer David’s call for help and are delighted the under 12’s will be wearing our logo proudly.  We’d like to wish them all the best for the next season.”

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. 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 with new long-lasting plastic pipes with a lifespan of more than 80 years, to make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply now and in the future.