Cramlington Rockets have been awarded a grant towards a new set of strips for its youngest members.
Rugby League Cares is the sport’s dedicated charity to support the sport’s family and its local communities.
It has handed the Northumberland-based club £500 for new kit that will benefit players aged seven to nine over the next two years.
With kits provided at a discount by BLK, the England team kit provider, it marks the first time a junior strip has featured the new club badge, launched earlier this year to celebrate the club’s 15th anniversary.
Featuring the club’s traditional orange colouring, it also sees the introduction of a distinctive black and white ‘V’, traditional to rugby league strips and as featured by teams such as St Helens and the New Zealand national side.
“We are absolutely thrilled with this award” said chairman Jeff Ball.
“With so many teams at the club, it is really important we keep refreshing the strips we have as they only last a season or two.
“They are naturally quite expensive and we still have a lot to change to the new club badge, but thanks to grants like this and hopefully further sponsorship, we will get everyone matching.”
Rugby League Cares’ mission is to enhance and enrich people’s lives through the power and positive influence of rugby league.
The charity is always on the lookout for new members, which costs £20 a year or £2 per month.
Members help support the development of rugby league; provide targeted health and wellbeing support to members of sport’s community; protect Rugby League Heritage; and support players who are in hardship or distress as a result of a serious injury.
For more information, visit www.rugbyleaguecares.org/about