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Rugby Players Wear Support for WAA on their Sleeve

A junior rugby team in the Swansea Valley have come up with a unique way to raise money for one of Wales essential medical and community services.

Ystradgynlais Under 15s decided not to blazon their new jerseys with sponsors this year, but to carry the sole logo of the Wales Air Ambulance on their brand new innovative reversible jerseys. 

Andrew Lloyd Hughes, Team Manager, said: "We always try to do something different, as our last jerseys became famous in rugby circles as they were the very first to use augmented reality technology projecting a huge fire breathing welsh dragon out of the chest when scanned with a smartphone.

"This time, we decided to go for reversible jerseys as so many teams like us play in Blue, and one of our players suggested we should collect money for the Air Ambulance every time we are forced to change our jerseys because of a colour clash. 

“We loved the idea and it's nice to put something back into the community financially rather than asking the business community to come forward to sponsor us year after year"

The very first rugby team in Ystradgynlais wore black over 125 years ago, and were known at the time as the Welsh All Blacks. 

The current team are amongst the first in the country to have the new lightweight reversible jerseys designed for them, which are set to become a trend in sport as technology advances allowing sportswear to become more versatile and lighter to wear. 

Mark Stevens, Wales Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, said: "We were delighted that Ystradgynlais came up with this idea to collect money for us around the pitch every time they are forced to wear their changed kit.

"We need to raise £6.5 million every year to run our services, so the support from the Ystradgynlais U15s is lifesaving."

The team will wear the black side of their jersey for the first time in the semi-final of the Ospreys Cup on Sunday 12th March, set to be the biggest game of their young rugby careers as they face Nantyfyllon in the in Ystradgynlais.

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