West Bridgford’s Mike Powell, arranged last season for old West Bridgford RFC kit to be shipped to a club who have very few resources.
Mike’s brother is currently working with Entebbe Mongers RFC in Entebbe, Uganda, and while he has some very talented and keen young players many of them do not have the basic essentials to enable them to play the game. Old shirts, shorts, rugby balls and boots are all in short supply and any that are made available are put to extremely good use.
Mike’s brother said ‘The kit that you gave me has been brilliant. My total available resources amount to 2 balls, a scrum machine and padding for the posts on match days.
All my tackle bags are broken and my rugby balls are burst as they don’t last long here due to the pitch and atmospheric conditions.
Second hand boots and rugby shirts / shorts are priority. At least 50% of the team turn up for training with old T Shirts and inadequate footwear. The old strip you gave me has been brilliant as you see from the photos I have sent.
I coach a 12 year old (who only looks about 9) called Bukke who has a wicked pass on both hands and a sidestep Barry John could only have dreamt of, but he’s nothing more than a street kid dressed in rags and bare feet. His mate Edgar drop kicks from 30 metres without boots and also has great hand skills.’
It is great to see the West Bridgford hoops being put to good use in other less fortunate countries.