Tunbridge Wells RFC is very proud of its track record in supporting local and national charities. To mark the start of the Rugby World Cup in Japan the club organised an event in favour of charity SOS Kit Aid.
SOS Kit Aid exists because sport changes lives. Its mission is to recycle sports kit for the benefit of young people in the UK and overseas so they are given a sporting chance. With the support of the world of rugby, kit has been donated by schools, clubs and kit manufacturers across the UK, with an estimated value of over £6 million delivered to date. Over 250,000 youngsters in 44 developing countries around the world have received quality used and new kit, and there are a further 20 countries on the waiting list.
Club Chairman Mike Rigby said: “We are delighted to help this charity as they strive to make a positive and tangible impact on children’s lives by giving them the chance to participate in sporting activities; promote social inclusion; and protect the environment by reducing the proportion of used kits in landfill sites.”
As the result of a collection day, the club have been able to send the charity 315 youth playing shirts plus T-shirts, boots and even a set of old post protectors! This would not have been possible without the generosity of members and the club’s Youth Section sponsors Countryside, Greenstone Financial Planning, Nortrade, HR Revolution, Bethany School, Cripps Pemberton Greenish and The Mark Cross Inn.