Bath Rugby link up with ex-skipper Luke Watson to kit out youngsters
Bath Rugby have joining forces again with former club skipper Luke Watson to help underprivileged children in South Africa.
Youngsters around the country's Eastern Cape are being given the opportunity to turn their hand to rugby this summer thanks to Bath Rugby, the Southern Kings club and LV= SOS Kit Aid.
Representatives from Bath and LV=SOS Kit Aid travelled to Port Elizabeth last week to hand deliver about 60 assorted kits, donated by Bath Rugby, Bath Minis and LV=SOS, as well as a full senior and junior set of Bath colours.
Another larger shipment of two pallets of kit will be distributed to disadvantaged children in the area.
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Gareth Chilcott, former Bath player and ambassador for LV=SOS Kit Aid, said: "This is a great initiative and it's wonderful to see the partnerships develop.
"Bath and LV= SOS Kit Aid already have a good working relationship, so it's fantastic to build on this support and be able to help a new group of children who otherwise may not get the opportunity to play the game of rugby."
Watson, who captained Bath in 2010-2011 and is the current Southern Kings skipper, has played a key part in developing the kit drop.
He said: "We were thrilled to take part when Bath initially contacted us. This kit drop and future partnership is a really positive step and one that will hopefully really help to develop rugby in the region.
"It will have a huge benefit on the local playing community and help some of the less fortunate children find a passion and skill for the game that they may not have had the chance to play otherwise."
Bath's marketing and communications director, Jez Curwin, flew out to Port Elizabeth as part of the kit drop. Once in South Africa he met up with Bath and England players Carl Fearns and Nick Abendanon, who helped distribute the kits.
"There's been a growing awareness of the work LV=SOS do throughout rugby in the UK and as a club we have been proud to support them," said Curwin.
"We've always had an excellent response from our supporters when we have asked for kit, so it's wonderful to have been able to follow the kit's journey out to South Africa and witness it being put to such good use"