A SCHOOL rugby team has received a welcome boost from a county recruitment firm after it agreed to sponsor its kit.

The Year 11 rugby team from Dyson Perrins CE Academy in Malvern has agreed the sponsorship deal with GMP Recruitment to provide its kits for this season.

GMP agreed the 12-month deal to help lift the spirits of the players, who have seen many games cancelled during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mike Pincott from GMP Recruitment said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has brought grassroots and school sport into sharp focus this year as it has meant children playing only some or no matches, and missing out on training and development.

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“That has been tough for sport-loving school children, especially in such a rugby-mad county like Worcestershire.

“Overall, we wanted to do something to help lift spirits and the new kit looks superb.

“It will make sure the boys look their best when competitive sport restarts in the coming weeks and months.”

Stuart Lockwood, who is the PE teacher and rugby coach at Dyson Perrins, added: “The boys are so proud of their new kits and they will look the part when they come up against other schools when we can start playing matches again.

“We cannot thank Mike and the team at GMP Recruitment enough for their support and generosity as it is a huge expense to the school to kit out a whole rugby team.

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“We look forward to keeping everyone updated with our progress on the rugby pitch in the months ahead.”

GMP Recruitment, which recently celebrated its first anniversary, works with organisations across the industrial, legal, finance, logistics, office and hospitality sectors.

Aside from the firm’s main recruitment base in Worcester’s Copenhagen Street, they are also planning to open a new office in Gloucester next year, followed by the opening of a Hereford base in the summer.

Organised grassroots sport is allowed to resume from December 2 as the Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced spectators can return to some elite sport, lockdown tier dependent.

In tier two areas, indoor sport can take place within households, and people can take part in group activity like exercise classes as long as there is no mixing between households.