Communities in Penarth have come together to provide rugby kits and more to Rwanda.

Penarth RFC, St Cyres, and Stanwell Secondary Schools are supporting the 'Friends of Rwandan Rugby' initiative in an impressive community effort.

But the kindness of Penarth doesn't stop at donating rugby gear. What makes this initiative exceptional is it encompasses a package deal that includes kits, balls, boots, and coaching equipment. This comprehensive support means that rugby lovers in Rwanda can truly experience a sporting boost.

The scheme goes beyond sending stuff. 18 coaches and referees, including some from Penarth will soon be heading to Rwanda, equipped with not just gear, but their skills and knowledge to share. They plan to visit nine villages in Rwanda, spreading their passion for rugby and its community spirit. The aim is to leave a legacy of support behind in Rwanda.

The initiative has the joy of having a range of people supporting it, including Gary Power and Richard Merrett, previous first-team captains of Penarth RFC. Additionally, young enthusiasts Ben Power and Rhys Ahmed are also taking part, showing that community spirit knows no age bounds.

Gary Power expressed his joy at seeing his community unite. He said: "It's amazing to see how everyone's come together for this.

"Rugby's about more than just what happens on the field; it's about the connections we make and the support we give – whether it's here in Penarth or all the way in Rwanda."