18 October 2023
Corporate News

Return of the Tata Steel UK Wizards League

Hundreds of Port Talbot children will now represent their school rugby and netball teams with pride following a donation of sports kit by steel giant Tata Steel.

Aberavon Ruby Club and Tata Steel have been working closely together for 10-years to create and develop opportunities for children in Port Talbot to become more physically active.

During this period both organisations created an initiative called the ‘Tata Steel Wizards League’.

The initiative was created to provide children with the opportunity to play both competitive rugby and netball in term time.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tata Steel Wizards League is back, and back with a new donation of kit for all Port Talbot Primary Schools.

Andrew V John, Aberavon Chairman commented.

“We are extremely grateful to Tata Steel for their backing of the programme for all the local Primary Schools. It has been possible with their support to provide the schools with new playing kit for both rugby and netball but also it enables us to deliver the Tata Steel Wizards League once again.

"So, many thanks on behalf of Aberavon RFC and all the Port Talbot Primary Schools for Tata Steel’s support.”

Tata Steel’s Public Affairs & Community Manager, Lewis Clark, added:

“As a business we’re delighted to once again be partnering with Aberavon RFC on this scheme – which provides a great opportunity for young people across Neath Port Talbot to get involved in rugby and netball, encouraging healthy and active lifestyles.

“A massive thank you to Aberavon Wizards for all of their efforts in organising the league. We’re excited to get under way and wish all of the schools and children participating the best of luck.”

The first block of fixtures in the Tata Steel Wizards League was played on Thursday 12th October, 2023.

Two young girls (left) and two young boys (right) stand facing the camera on a grassy pitch dressed in red and black Tata Steel branded sports kit. The tallest girl (behind) holds a netball and the two boys on the right hold rugby balls. Light marine Tata Steel branding can be seen in the background.

Notes

The Wizards League began before 2010 with only around four schools participating. Tata Steel understood the benefits of the programme and have supported the initiative since. In 2010, the Wizards League became the ‘Tata Steel Wizards League’. The league provides all schools the opportunity to enjoy organised competitive sport. The initiative incurs no cost to the schools as all costs, such as; playing kit, buses and trophies, is covered by Aberavon RFC and Tata Steel. During the past four years the ability and standard of participating schools have increased significantly, thus creating a more competitive sports initiative.

 

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