No more hand-me-downs


​Newtown Rugby Football Club’s 13 and 14 year olds are proudly playing in new tops thanks to sponsorship from Wales & West Housing.

Wales & West Housing’s extra care scheme manager Julie McPhater celebrates the new tops with the team

The club has been together for nine years, with around 40 players who train on a regular basis. As new kits are expensive, the youngsters were wearing second-hand tops handed down from the older players.

Alfie Betton, 13, who has played with the club for three years, heard about Wales & West Housing who have recently built Llys Glan yr Afon, Powys’s first extra care scheme in Newtown. He approached his coach, Paul Herdman, to see if he could request help.  The answer was a resounding yes!


Alfie, wearing his new top for the first time, said: “It’s brilliant – the new tops look and feel great. And it’s my own!”

Coach Paul Herdman said: “Our objective as a squad is to instil the values, ethics and morals of rugby union into the youngsters to make them better people and better players. Our values mirror those of Wales & West Housing, so we are delighted that they have sponsored us. There is no better sight than seeing a rugby team of children getting off a bus at an away match all dressed the same and looking smart.

Anne Hinchey, Chief Executive of Wales & West Housing, said: “New tops can be quite expensive for families to pay for, so we’re delighted to be able to support these youngsters and encourage them to be active and enjoy their sport. As well as providing much needed affordable homes in Powys, we also strive to improve people’s lives. I wish the club all the best for the season.”