Pulling on their striking new orange and black kits, the under-13s team at Lambwath Lions ARLFC now have a new spring in their step.
For having spent their previous season playing in a mixture of tired, old and ripped shirts – displaying different sponsors from seasons gone by – it was hard for youngsters to develop a real sense of pride and ownership.
But now, thanks to a recent sponsorship by the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust, the team has its very own strong identity, and following an increase in player numbers, all are now aiming high.
Martin Parr, Club Secretary, says the new kit brought a lift in pride amongst the young players, who were involved in choosing their new colours.
“The lads were really excited when they found out that they were going to get new kit. With so much enthusiasm coming from them we thought it only right that we involve them in the choosing the colour and design right from the start,” he said.
“As coaches, we soon noticed we had a more settled team, striving to learn and increase their skills. We think this is directly related to them getting the new kit as they felt good about themselves. They look good and want everyone to know it!”
Established to provide an opportunity for young people to learn the core rugby skills – from the smallest “tot” through to teenagers and over sixteens – Lambwath Lions has expanded over the past 25 years to cover a large catchment area in Hull.
It run teams’ including the Cubs (Meerkats) through to under 6/7s; under 8s; under 9s; under 10s; under 13s, and a very active Open Age side in the local Hull and District league.
Chair Ian Cook added: “The grant provided much more than a set of shirts. It gave a significant boost to our efforts to not only maintain but improve the numbers of players in an age group where locally and nationally participation levels were dropping.
“Apart from the sporting benefits of improved fitness, the teamwork, camaraderie and social engagement of the players involved will be beneficial not only to them as individuals but to the community as a whole.
“As such, we as a club are confident that these benefits will still continue well after the lifespan of the shirts and we are extremely grateful for the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust’s financial assistance in making this possible.”
The Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust is currently welcoming new applications, ahead of a September 30 deadline, for funding of up to £2,500 for groups and organisations across Yorkshire adding value to their communities.
Application details can be found at hudgellv2.wpengine.com/the-hudgell-solicitors-trust/.