As part of their long-standing relationship Northumberland Freemasons have again supported Blyth Youth Rugby through a generous grant of £1000. This helps secure much needed training items, playing kit and allows the club to maintain a reduced financial impact on parents. With the current climate this has never been more needed.
As part of this, it will also see the Northumberland Freemasons continue to be the shirt sponsors for the Under 13 age group. Richard Matthews, head coach of the Under 13’s stressed the importance of having accessible sport in Blyth “I see youth sport, particularly Rugby, as key to creating positive social interactions and fostering long term friendships, which will be as important as ever as we get back to some form of normality following this year of lockdowns. Having access to an environment where children are encouraged to keep fit and have fun is hugely important, whichever sport you play. Without the help of support of volunteers, parents and generous sponsors like the Northumberland Freemasons, this wouldn’t be possible.”
Team captain, Oliver Matthews is passionate about the importance of rugby and the value it brings to his team mates “I really love playing rugby and I know my teammates do too. We have made loads of friends through rugby and it helps us keep fit as we play. It’s also a great way to meet people from other clubs like Percy Park and Rockcliff”.
Dr Greg Smith, of the Northumberland Freemasons, explained “Northumberland Freemasons are delighted to provide funds for Blyth Youth Rugby Football Team. Our donation has gone towards providing essential kit for the team, and our logo is now emblazoned on the team’s kit. As the best players in the world will testify, they all started their career by playing and developing their skills in youth teams. Learning to play Rugby at this age develops sportsmanship skills, purpose, a sense of belonging and important team values, all these skills are closely aligned with those in Freemasonry. Youth clubs play an important role in helping young people build confidence and stay healthy. We hope the new Northumberland Freemasons branded kit gives the side a well-deserved boost as they run onto the pitch to face the competition this year and next. Good Luck from Northumberland Freemasons”.
Blyth Rugby club will be looking forward to the relaxing of restrictions and welcoming the players back to training in the coming months.
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