SOS Kit Aid


Underprivileged children in South Africa have been given the opportunity to turn their hand to rugby this summer thanks to Bath Rugby, the Southern Kings franchise and LV= SOS Kit Aid.The whole trip and the delivery of kit was funded jointly most generously by Marks and Spencers and Uniserve.

For the last few years Bath Rugby have actively supported the charity with kit donations and collections and helped organise the trip with the help of former Bath Captain and current Southern Kings Captain Luke Watson.

Representatives from Bath and LV=SOS KitAid travelled to Port Elizabeth on 22 June to hand deliver approximately 60 assorted kits, donated by Bath Rugby, Bath Minis and LV= SOS Kit Aid, as well as a full senior and junior set of Bath colours, to disadvantaged children in the area.

On arriving at the Emsengeni Primary in the Zwide township of Port Elizabeth the group, consisting of Bath and England players Nick Abendanon and Carl Fearns as well as Bath Rugby Marketing Director Jez Curwin and LV= SOS Kit Aid West Regional Director Richard Westaway, were greeted with the whole school singing and dancing to welcome them. The reception continued for almost an hour and then the kit was handed out to 4 different schools. Nick and Carl then spent another hour practising their skills, signing autographs and having photos taken amongst the children.

Talking about the experience Nick Abendanon said: “It was truly emotional morning. The joy and laughter that such a simple gesture brought to these kids’ faces is special and something that will live with me forever. It is great to think that something that we no longer needed in England has given the people here such opportunity.”

Richard Westaway added: “This is what it is all about. Having the opportunity to witness what we have seen today is inspiring and makes all the volunteer work we do worth it. As a group we all agreed we have found this a humbling experience.”

The schools in Port Elizabeth who benefited from the kit donation were:

- Uitenhage High
- Delrose
- Msengeni Primary
- Bethelsdorp Primaries

This is the start of a long term relationship between Bath Rugby, LV= SOS Kit Aid and the Kings as another pallet of kit will hopefully be making its way to the Cape in the autumn, and who knows, maybe we will see one of the boys (who you can see pictured below) grace the Rec in the future!

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