Shropshireâs newest rugby club will enter its first ever league season this year – and we thought we would support them with a brand new kit.
Church Stretton Rugby Club formed in summer 2013 – after parents issued an appeal on Facebook – and has proved so successful that the Rugby Football Union (RFU) has entered it in the Midlands 5 West (North) just a year later.
We spoke with Daran Chard, co-ordinator and co-founder of the club, and offered to sponsor the new U17s kit for the season, which they are all really pleased with.
Daran said they think the new home kit looks fantastic – green with yellow slashes. The U17s kit is the reverse of the home, with green slashes on yellow and also doubles as the first teamâs away kit.
Madeleys director and founder Paul Madeley, whose son plays for the Church Stretton Rugby Clubâs U17s team, is really pleased to be supporting the hugely successful team.
He says he had been involved with the club through his son since the beginning and for it to have gone from forming barely a year ago to entering the league is âjust incredibleâ.
We are very proud as a company to watch the team head into the rugby league wearing the kit we have sponsored.
Church Stretton Rugby Club was formed after a group of parents and players from Church Stretton Secondary School realised just how much talent from the town was ending up at other clubs across the county.
Parents got together to discuss it and last July set up a Facebook page to see if there was any interest in a new club for Church Stretton.
More than 50 people turned out to a touch session and interest continued to grow.
The RFU was supportive and said if the team could get 12 friendly fixtures played, it would look at putting us them in the leagues.
They had a five year plan to get to league level but after just 12 months, the RFU told them they were being entered in the Midlands 5 West (North).
As a result, the team has been training hard throughout the summer, with players determined to win the league. And we are right behind them wishing them all the best as they take on the challenge.