Ten-year old Luca was selected by Vodafone to deliver the match ball at Wales v England because of his dedication to grassroots rugby.
- Vodafone gave Luca Gates, a local grassroots rugby player, the opportunity to deliver the match ball at the 5 August 2023 Vodafone Summer Series game between Wales and England.
- Luca was selected by Vodafone to deliver the match ball because of his dedication to grassroots rugby.
- Vodafone has pledged to help 25,000 people in Wales over the next 12 months by giving local people, sports clubs and businesses the connectivity and skills they need to stay connected, as well as grants to help engage young people in sport.
- Local club Tylorstown RFC, from the Rhondda Valley, also met Wales heroes including Warren Gatland and Louis Rees-Zammit at the Captain’s Run, as part of the Sported partnership.
Vodafone, Principal Partner of the Welsh Rugby Union, gave local South Gower RFC player Luca Gates the opportunity to walk out onto the pitch at Principality Stadium and deliver the match ball at the 5 August 2023 Vodafone Summer Series game between Wales and England.
Luca, 10, was selected by Vodafone because of his passion for and dedication to rugby. He first started playing for South Gower RFC when he was 6 years old. During his time with the club, he has won a number of awards in recognition of his talent, passion and dedication both on and off the pitch.
Players and coaches from local club Tylorstown RFC, from the Rhondda Valley, also had the chance to meet Wales heroes, including Warren Gatland and Louis Rees-Zammit, at the Captain’s Run. A Sported partner club, Tylorstown were rewarded for their incredible work in the local community, helping underprivileged kids grow and develop their skills on and off the pitch.
Vodafone is committed to supporting grassroots sports clubs in Wales and across the UK. Through its charity partnership with Sported, a UK-wide grassroots sports charity, Vodafone is offering free connectivity, digital skills training and a grant-giving scheme to grassroots sports clubs to help engage more young people in sport, tackle inequality and boost health and wellbeing through sport.