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  • Vodafone’s Lions Legacy Tour sees rugby legends help raise over £10,000 for Aberdare RFC.
  • British & Irish Lion Wyn Jones, Welsh Women’s captain, Ffion Lews; Wales U20 Captain, Alex Mann; and Welsh strength and conditioning coach and former international, Huw Bennett, visited the club alongside The Good, The Bad & The Rugby’s Mike Tindall and Alex Payne.
  • Former Aberdare RFC junior, Alex Mann, led training sessions with young players during a day of youth-focused activities, celebrating Vodafone and Aberdare’s commitment to developing the next generation of rugby talent.
  • As part of the Vodafone’s Lions Legacy Tour programme, Aberdare RFC received a new scoreboard, VEO camera and laptop; and will also benefit from digital learning opportunities.
  • Photography from the day available is here.
 26th April 2022, London: British & Irish Lion Wyn Jones joined a day of youth-focused rugby at Aberdare RFC, in support of Vodafone’s Lions Legacy Tour; helping the South Wales club to raise an impressive £10,000. Aberdare RFC is one of four clubs, including Westbury RFC, Dungannon RFC and Bannockburn RFC – taking part in the Vodafone initiative, dedicated to supporting grassroots rugby clubs in the UK and Ireland. Wyn was joined by current Welsh Women’s captain, Ffion Lewis; Welsh U20s captain, Alex Mann; former Welsh international and current strength and conditioning coach, Huw Bennett - alongside The Good, The Bad & The Rugby’s Mike Tindall and Alex Payne, for a day of pitch side fun and festivities with the local community. A highlight of the day included Alex Mann, Mike Tindall and Alex Payne leading warm-up and training sessions with a selection of young players from the club. The day was particularly special for Mann who was a mini and junior player at Aberdare RFC, joining the club as an under eight and playing through to under 16s. The funds, in combination with new technology and digital learning opportunities offered by Vodafone, will help the club run more efficiently and improve its financial stability following a difficult period during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the programme, the club also received a new electronic scoreboard, VEO camera and laptop. The event finished with a live recording of The Good, The Bad & The Rugby, with a discussion centred on women and youth rugby in Wales. Vodafone Consumer Director, Max Taylor said: “We’re thrilled to see Aberdare RFC host such a fantastic event for the local community. The excitement felt over the last weekend has been immense and it is testament to the crucial role that grassroots clubs play in their local areas. We hope that the skills and support offered by Vodafone can inspire the club to build on its fantastic work, and go from strength to strength in the future.” Ethan Williams, Aberdare RFC Senior Team Manager said: “It’s been incredible to see such a wave of excitement across the club this weekend. The skills our team have gained, coupled with the incredible amount of money we have raised will go a long way in helping us to continue our work developing youth rugby talent from the region.” Ben Calveley, Managing Director, The British & Irish Lions said: “The Vodafone’s Lions Legacy Tour is a wonderful initiative that supports rugby clubs at grassroots level. We know that without the likes of Aberdare and the great people who put so much of themselves into sustaining their local clubs, there would be no British & Irish Lions because that’s where all future British & Irish Lions begin their careers. We’d like to thank Vodafone for their commitment to the Lions Legacy Tour.” To further support grassroots rugby, Vodafone is developing a bespoke business resource for all community clubs across the UK and Ireland. The toolkit will be available via V-Hub, Vodafone’s platform for helping small businesses develop their digital capabilities as they get back on their feet following the COVID-19 pandemic. Launching in Spring 2022, it will offer essential tips and guidance to help clubs develop new skills and expertise within digital marketing, content strategies and social media amplification.