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Former Welsh Rugby player donates legendary kit to Hawthorn High School in Pontypridd

Former Welsh rugby International, Gemma Hallett, has recently backed Hawthorn High School in Pontypridd, donating the legendary Welsh Colleges Girls Rugby kit as part of her ongoing support for Generation Z.

Having earned 35 rugby caps for her home nation of Wales and previously spent five years coaching the Welsh Colleges Girls rugby team, Gemma has now kindly donated the kit to the local high school as a show of encouragement and support for the girl’s high school rugby team.

Already bolstering the success of young people through her employment app, miFuture, this is Gemma’s latest act to get behind the next generation in Wales and on this occasion, our future Welsh rugby stars.

Speaking of the donation, Gemma said:

“This kit has true sentimental value to me and has an incredible legacy, having been worn by incredibly talented members of the Women’s Welsh rugby team. I’ve had this kit for several years now and I knew that I didn’t want to donate it to just anybody. For me, it had to be a well-considered process and given to a team which truly understand what this kit means. After hearing about the talent and dedication of the girl’s rugby team in Hawthorn High School, I knew I had found the right place.

“I wish the girls the best of luck in their rugby development and I hope to see at least some them in the Welsh international squad one day to continue the legacy.”

Some of the women who have come through the Colleges framework wearing this kit include Kerin Lake, Adi Taviner and Ffion Lewis who are becoming household names for women’s rugby.

The full kit has been donated to the school all except number 14, a shirt which was worn by the late Elli Norkett who passed away in a tragic car accident in 2017. Her iconic number has been retired to Elli’s family in memory of all that she achieved during her rugby career.

Speaking of the sponsorship, Jonothan Campbell, the school’s WRU Officer working within the PE department, said: “We are continuously grateful for any backing within the PE department and we are truly honoured that Gemma chose Hawthorn High School for this incredibly kind gesture. We’re always looking to encourage our girl’s rugby team and we believe that we have incredible talent here, some of which could be the future of the women’s Welsh rugby.”

Also commenting on the donation, Marsha Ward founder of the Number Hub and miFuture advisory board member said: “I’m thrilled to see Gemma and miFuture support Hawthorn High School, a school which is close to my heart and has already been backed by The Number Hub. I believe acts like this are essential to encouraging the students to engage in sports activities both now and in the future. We hope to see great things from this team.”

miFuture was founded by Gemma Hallett in 2015, out of the necessity to find and communicate employment opportunities to Generation Z via a platform that they could understand and fully utilise. For more information about miFuture, visit: https://www.mifuture.co.uk/