Ospreys players and staff join forces with BT Cymru Wales volunteers to help Bonymaen RFC club
The Wales Rugby Union Division 1 West Central club, famous for developing Wales and Lions legend Alun Wyn Jones, enjoyed a deep clean and mini-makeover thanks to the small army of volunteers and strong link that exists between BT and the four Welsh rugby regions. Working closely with Ospreys in the Community it was decided that Bonymaen RFC was a worthy recipient of BT’s helping hand. The whole club house was given a spring clean and the lounge, entrances and bar were all given a fresh coat of paint. The ladies team, who were Division 3 champions last season, were also given a surprise with their team room receiving a complete makeover and tidy.
Ben Koscian, programme director at BT and regional board member, explained: “Volunteering plays a big part in the BT ethos and we’ve been working closely with Ospreys in the Community to see how we can work together for the good of the community. Bonymaen RFC was a great opportunity and we’re delighted that so many of the team were able to volunteer their time to help such a fantastic local club. I think the link between BT and Ospreys in the Community is something incredibly positive and there’s opportunity to do more in the future.”
Paul Whapham, Foundation Manager Ospreys in the Community commented: “It’s been great for the Ospreys in the Community staff to join the BT volunteers at Bonymaen. The club are incredibly supportive of both the Foundation, and Ospreys Rugby, so it’s nice to be able to play a part in both organising and doing something to repay that support. It was so nice to see everyone working so hard together to do something to benefit Bonymaen and we’ll be looking at ways in the future we can do other volunteer days to help benefit the community around our region. B&Q in Swansea were incredibly kind and donated the supplies that were needed and Subway also gave a huge discount on food to keep the workers going all day. We’re also grateful to the Ospreys players who came down after training and mucked in to help get the job done.
Gareth Lewis, Director of Bonymaen RFC remarked on the makeover at his club: “It’s a remarkable change. I came in at 9am and people were already cleaning the place before they started painting. The transformation within 6 or 7 hours, well I just can’t believe it to be honest. The BT and Ospreys in the Community staff have made a great team and there’s been lots of banter. It’s been great for the club because it certainly needed the lift."
Every year BT staff are encouraged to volunteer three days of their time to the local community. This forms part of its commitment to working with communities and being aware of its social responsibility. Across the UK BT staff volunteered the equivalent of 40,000 days in 2016/17 towards local causes which ranged from cleaning local rivers to teaching software programming to local school children.