Canterbury, In Kind Direct and Wellington College team up to donate rugby kit in South African township
Canterbury rugby and polo shirts donated to In Kind Direct, one of The Prince’s Charities, were handed out to budding Langa township rugby players by the Wellington College Rugby Club during their tour of South Africa.
On 24 July 2015, 42 players from Wellington College rugby side set off for a two-week tour of South Africa to test themselves against some of the nation’s most prestigious schools. During a visit to the Langa Township on 4 August, young South African rugby enthusiasts received training from the Wellington boys and were given rugby and polo shirts generously donated by Canterbury Clothing to HRH Prince’s Charity In Kind Direct.
"Rugby mad" players from Langa Township
Langa, located in the suburbs of Cape Town, is one of the many Townships originally established by the Apartheid authorities to segregate non-white populations. Although it remains a deprived area, living conditions have improved significantly in recent years and it is known as having one of the the youngest and most energetic populations in the country.
The Wellington boys aged 15 to 17 spent the morning coaching 25 boys from two schools: Dr Nelson Mandela High School and Intsebenziswano High School. The boys – described as “rugby mad” by the touring team -were divided into 8 teams who worked on catching and passing skills and finished with a game of touch rugby.
A day to remember
At the end of the day the Langa Township boys received new hoodies and tracksuit bottoms generously donated by Canterbury to In Kind Direct, a charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales. Wellington College also donated some rugby equipment, training cones and balls as well as some additional clothing.
The visit was deemed a great success by all participants and the donations made will support involvement with sports and physical activity in a community that’s generally excluded from the rugby circuit. “The charity kit was a huge hit and I feel the afternoon was an excellent success. Our boys and theirs had a wonderful training session and watching them interact, play and laugh together was great” said Kevin Tkachuk, Master i/c Rugby at Wellington College.
Making a difference
“We’re thrilled that the day was such a success. It’s great to see Canterbury’s products making a difference in disadvantaged communities.” said Chris Stephenson CEO at Canterbury.
In Kind Direct is one of The Prince’s Charities, which sources donations of new products and redistributes them to charities across the UK. Charities use the goods to run their services or to give out to their beneficiaries. To date In Kind Direct has helped 7,500 charities access essential goods, helping millions of people in need every year.