West Park this weekend began their charity partnership with Willowbrook Hospice – a partnership that sees the Willowbrook logo across 300 rugby shirts worn by players aged from five to 50.
The new kit has been sponsored by local companies including G R Taylor & Co, Henderson Homes, Specsavers St Helens and Velocity Heath clubs.
The kit was launched at the first home game of the season attended by over 500 players and fans from every age group in the club and was officially presented by Nichola Saunders, Willowbrook’s fundraising manager.
She said: “Thank you to everybody who worked so hard to make Saturday such a great success. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting everybody, seeing the new facilities and watching the game. The kit looks great and we are really excited about the season ahead.”
At the same time the club officially opened the new changing rooms which were made possible with a grant from Sport Englands Inspired Facilities scheme.
The official opening was overseen by Rob Briers of the RFU and the team from Willowbrook Hospice and was the culmination of months of work by the team of volunteers running the club
Mr Briers said: “I was extremely proud to be a part of today’s opening ceremony on behalf of the RFU and to see the club linking up with the local community was a major inspiration.”
Brian Loughnane, the club’s vice chairman, added: “The club has taken some giant leaps in the last year adding a girls section and an under 18’s group along with running three senior teams and another eight teams in the mini-junior sections. It was important that we upgraded our facilities to take the club forwards and also to forge stronger links with the local community.
“The partnerships of Inspired Facilities and Willowbrook Hospice are part of a wider program of club investments and I am proud to be part of that.”