SOS Kit Aid
28/05/2019

SOS KitAid Visits Ukraine

SOS Chief Executive John Broadfoot made an official SOS visit to Odessa in Ukraine recently to see for himself how SOS donated kit is actually being used in action and also to meet members of the Ukraine Rugby Federation face to face, to improve communications and find out in more detail their exact future kit requirements. SOS has supplied Ukraine with much valuable rugby kit for over 15 years. He is pleased to report that both senior and junior Ukraine rugby are in great shape.  

The Ukraine Rugby Federation are to be congratulated in getting rugby into over 70 schools (up from 6 schools five years ago) and, in beating Sweden at the weekend, their National Team has now been promoted into the next division above for next season. John had the great pleasure to attend two Rugby Festivals as well - one junior, one golden oldies. The junior festival was quite brilliant, keeping the youngsters fully entertained and playing much rugby. It was great too to see a golden oldies team wearing XXXL donated SOS shirts, and whilst still stretching them a little, put them to good use. Well done everyone involved in Odessa from Oleg Etnarovycz, head of rugby in Odessa, and tournament organiser Marina, who is a brilliant teacher too, to all the Odessa rugby management. 

Pictured with John are Ukraine Vice President Georgy Dzhangiryan on his far right and Odessa rugby chief and Federation member Oleg Etnarovycz in the centre who paid tribute to SOS Kit Aid and kindly said what a great difference SOS donated kit had made over the 15 years SOS has been supplying them. As Ukraine is expanding rapidly, discussions took place on SOS doubling the number of annual kit deliveries to 8 plus new items of kit were requested too. It is some time since SOS paid a visit due to budget constrictions but these trip are invaluable in ensuring we send the right kit to meet their rapidly changing and expanding needs and to ensure our SOS kit is being used to the full. Needless to say the hospitality was superb and the true spirit of rugby is alive and well in Ukraine. We look forward to supplying them for the next 15 years. UK SOS kit donors can rest assured that our SOS donated kit is being put to great use in developing rugby in Ukraine and the future for their rugby is very bright. Good luck next season in the higher league and may many more new schools be brought on board. 

John was also able to renew acquaintances with representatives of the Moldovan Rugby Federation who had a team in the Golden Oldies Tournament. They are going through a tough time currently and have recently elected a new President but we will continue to support their great rugby initiatives through their transition.

Ukraine Visit 2019