With rugby becoming the fastest growing sport in the world, there is a need for development at grassroots level. To ensure that this happens, the Hollywood Foundation visited Black Lion Rugby Football Club in the Eastern Cape this December, to hand over kits which forms part of the rugby sponsorship initiative.
The club was overjoyed to learn that they are one of over 200 beneficiaries this year who received assistance from the Hollywood Foundation. Black Lion Rugby Football Club was established in 1969 at Mayipase under Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality, after seeing the need for rugby development in the area and how the community loves the sport. Since its inception, the club has had a positive impact in the community in terms of keeping the youth away from substance abuse.
Like any other clubs, they have experienced resource related challenges such as lack of essential equipment for the players. On 01 December 2022, the Hollywood Foundation contributed essential items to the club, including rugby jerseys, shorts, socks, tracksuits, tackle bags, contact shields, first aid kits, kitbags and ball pumps. This was done as part of the Hollywood Foundation’s rugby sponsorship initiative.
Olwethu Bakaco, the Team Manager for the Black Lion Rugby Football Club, expressed the team’s gratitude for the generosity of the Hollywood Foundation and said that the equipment will help the players to be more confident when playing against other teams.