WORCHESTER, ENGLAND, March 21, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/
-- npower, official club sponsor and community partner of the Worcester Warriors, is supporting the Sixways Kit Amnesty which will take place on derby day when Worcester takes on Gloucester on Sunday, March 22.
and the Worcester Warriors have teamed up with SOS/iRB Kit Aid to launch the first ever Sixways Kit Amnesty to support growing efforts of the international rugby charity.
Supporters are now invited to bring as many items of rugby kit and clothing - including boots - to Sixways Stadium on match day and then peg them onto one of the special npower washing lines available on site. The kit will then be donated to developing rugby nations, helping make a difference to young rugby enthusiasts in poorer nations around the world.
Carol Hart, Community Involvement Manager at npower
, added: "The first ever Sixways Kit Amnesty is a fantastic way of developing junior rugby in less fortunate countries around the world. We are very proud to be supporting the event which will help make a real difference to thousands of children by providing sporting kit to enable them to play rugby."
Tom Ryder, Marketing & Community Manager at the Worcester Warriors, said: "It is a really exciting project for us that will give fans an opportunity to clear out their wardrobes and donate their olds shirts to a great cause.
"Once again, npower have stepped up to the challenge of supporting a Warriors community partnership project. Now we want fans to take up the challenge and bring an old shirt, peg it on the line and then enjoy a big derby day atmosphere with the Warriors."
SOS/iRB Kit Aid is about involvement, inclusivity, social integration, discipline and respect, allowing people from all walks of life with a passion for rugby to come together and participate. The efforts of rugby enthusiasts will make a difference to less advantaged young children's lives around the world and help the environment at the same time.
John Broadfoot from SOS/iRB Kit Aid said: "We hope all supporters will dig into their wardrobes, lofts and garages, and bring along all the shirts and boots that they no longer have use for.
"SOS, with the kind help of Worcester Warriors and npower
, will send that very same kit to youngsters in poorer nations around the world and soon supporters will see photos of their kit being used to good effect."
Notes for Editors:
About SOS/iRB Kit Aid:
SOS/iRB Kit SOS Kit Aid was founded by John Broadfoot who saw for himself the plight of Romanian youngsters during a school rugby tour to Romania. The sight of a smiling Romanian eight year old boy running with the ball under one arm whilst he used the other to hold up his shorts made him want to do something about it.
Financial support and recognition was given to the project by the iRB (International Rugby Board) - the world's governing body for Rugby Union. Their funding helps to cover the cost of storage and the logistics of collecting and transporting kit to the countries that need it the most. The iRB have additionally provided endorsed by allowing us to use their branding in partnership with SOS, which significantly helps raise the profile of the project throughout the rugby community
RWE npower has been awarded the prestigious CommunityMark from Business in the Community (BITC). npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade. The CommunityMark is a new BITC standard which has been created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes.