Cheddar Valley Rugby Club’s youngest athletes stepped on the pitch with newfound confidence at the Cheddar Valley RFC Minis Rugby Festival last weekend.

Their new kits were made possible by a £1,500 donation from local housing association Alliance Homes, who are building much-needed affordable homes in Cheddar.

The timely arrival of the uniforms meant the children were able to showcase them at the Minis Festival, a celebration of rugby for children aged under 12.

More than 1,000 children from teams across the country competed at Cheddar’s ground in this year’s edition of the tournament.

Cheddar Valley’s Minis and Juniors section lead Aidan Cottee said:

“This generous donation from Alliance Homes has made a big difference to our Mini and Junior teams.

“Not only do they look the part, in good quality kit, but it has helped them to build their team spirit and pride.”

Alliance Homes Chief Executive, Louise Swain, added:      

“Supporting initiatives like Cheddar Valley Rugby is central to our commitment to support communities to thrive.

“We’re pleased that we were able to play a part in making these young players’ sporting experience more enjoyable.

“The club is a vital part of the community and our customers have told us their children really enjoy playing for them.”