British and Irish Lions | Rugby legends join Aberdare RFC as part of Vodafone’s Lions Legacy Tour

British and Irish Lion Wyn Jones visited Aberdare RFC for a day of youth-focused rugby and helped the South Wales club raise £10,000 as part of Vodafone’s Lions Legacy Tour.

Jones, who started the third Test against South Africa on the 2021 Tour, was joined by Wales women’s scrum-half Ffion Lewis, Wales Under-20 captain Alex Mann and former international from Wales – and current strength and conditioning coach – Huw Bennett for a day of fun. and festivities with the local community.

Mike Tindall and Alex Payne of The Good, The Bad & The Rugby also took part in the event, helping Mann lead warm-up and training sessions with a selection of the club’s young players.

It was a particularly special day for Mann, who was a mini and junior player at Aberdare RFC having joined the club as an under-eight and played until under-16.

Aberdare is one of four clubs – along with Westbury RFC, Dungannon RFC and Bannockburn RFC – taking part in the Vodafone initiative, which supports grassroots rugby clubs in the UK and Ireland.

Vodafone Lions Legacy Tour

The funds, combined with new technology donated by Vodafone, will help the club operate more efficiently and improve its financial stability after a difficult time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ethan Williams, Aberdare RFC Senior Team Manager, said: “It’s amazing to see such a wave of excitement across the club this weekend.

“The skills our team have learned, coupled with the incredible amount of money we have raised, will go a long way in helping us continue our work of developing young rugby talent in the region.”

Vodafone’s Lions Legacy Tour program visits Dungannon RFC

As part of Vodafone’s Lions Legacy Tour programme, Aberdare RFC has also received a new scoreboard, VEO camera and laptop computer, while the club will also benefit from digital learning opportunities.

The event at Aberdare RFC ended with a live recording of The Good, The Bad & The Rugby, with a discussion focusing on women’s and youth rugby in Wales.

Ben Calveley, Managing Director, The British & Irish Lions, said: “Vodafone’s Lions Legacy Tour is a wonderful initiative that supports rugby clubs at grassroots level.

Vodafone Lions Alex Mann Legacy Tour

“We know that without Aberdare and the wonderful people who have invested in supporting their local clubs, there would be no British and Irish Lions as this is where all future British and Irish Lions start their careers.

“We would like to thank Vodafone for their commitment to the Lions Legacy Tour.”

To further support grassroots rugby, Vodafone is developing a bespoke business resource for all community clubs in the UK and Ireland.

The toolkit will be available through V-Hub, Vodafone’s platform to help small businesses build their digital capabilities as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Launching in spring 2022, it will offer essential advice and guidance to help clubs develop new skills and expertise in digital marketing, content strategies and social media amplification.

Charles P. Patton