The rugby season may be over but the Friends of Newport Rugby (FoNR) remain committed to supporting rugby in the Newport area.
On a rainy bank-holiday Monday FoNR visited Pill Harriers to donate a supply of rugby balls and carrier to their junior section. 20 members of the team along with 3 of their coaching team members were there along with many parents and other supporters.
Alyson Littlejohns, the secretary for the junior section of Pill Harriers Rugby Club said,
“We believe that our sport, 'rugby', is a game for all shapes and sizes and we welcome anyone relevant of race, sex or ability. Our aim is twofold, one, to encourage our children off the street and two, give them the fitness and disciplines rugby requires whilst having good fun and team building along the way.”
“As with every sport the right equipment and clothing is essential to ensure the safety and best performance of the players. We are self funding and as you can appreciate such items can be expensive, therefore we are really grateful for the assistance that FoNR has given us.”
This year Pill Harriers RFC Junior Section had ten players represent Newport schools under elevens and four given trials for East Wales; they also had one player selected a year early for the Newport Gwent Dragons Under 12’s academy.
Pill Harriers RFC was established in 1881 and has a long standing history in the predominantly working class docks area of Newport.