Ospreys players swap rugby shirts for overalls to help Porthcawl RFC

They’re most at home when covered in mud, but that didn’t stop a team of Ospreys players swapping their rugby kits for overalls to get stuck in to a spot of much-need DIY at a local rugby club.

Scott Baldwin, Andrew Bishop, Rhys Webb and Lloyd Evans descended on Porthcawl RFC at the weekend to give the clubhouse a fresh lick of paint ahead of the new season.

Throughout the summer, the Ospreys have been getting their hands dirty while volunteering to help local rugby clubs with any odd jobs.

The offer has seen players helping out at several clubs throughout the region including Severn Sisters RFC, Resolven RFC and most recently Porthcawl RFC, where they painted the pitch-side railings and panels on the side of the clubhouse, following a recent grant of £500 towards the upkeep of the club.

Ospreys players help paint the ground at Porthcawl RFC
Ospreys players helped paint the ground at Porthcawl RFC

 

Tracey Williams, assistant secretary of Porthcawl RFC, said: “We were thrilled when we heard the Ospreys were willing to help us with our painting.

“It’s great to see the players getting involved with the community at a grassroots level, which provides a great example for our younger players.

“Osprey player Ryan Bevington started his career at Porthcawl RFC. He continues to be a great support and coaches our minis, juniors and seniors.

“As you can imagine, players and members of all ages are extremely proud of his achievements and are truly grateful for his continued support of his home club, including his father who is also chairman of Porthcawl RFC.”

Andrew Hore, CEO of Ospreys Rugby, said: “It’s important to us to show that we are a community-minded organisation and to reiterate how important our supporters are to us.

“Our players enjoy getting out and about in the community as it provides a great opportunity for them to engage with supporters.

“Ahead of the new season, we are delighted with the feedback we have received following our odd-job drive and look forward to seeing members of the local clubs at our upcoming matches.”

The Ospreys’ community outreach programme coincides with the launch of their 2014/15 season membership drive. For more information visit www.ospreysrugby.com

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