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SME Finance Partners sponsor Llwchwr district under 11s rugby team

17th August 2018

The Llwchwr District Under 11’s rugby team have had their best year yet, competing in their kits proudly sponsored by SME Finance Partners. Having reached the finals of the prestigious DC Thomas Cup they narrowly missed out on becoming the champions, but what a Cinderella story it’s been for the team of budding sportsmen and women.

Llwchwr district Under 11s is the smallest school’s rugby district in Wales, based in the Swansea area and was formed over thirty years ago.

SME Finance Partners took on the role of kit sponsor at the end of last year to encourage the boys and girls (aged 10) on their conquest to become the champions of Wales. The team is made up of the best players from local schools to represent Llwchwr district

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For the first time in history, the team made it to the final of the DC Thomas cup, a game which was played at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff earlier this year. After a successful year-long campaign, the youngsters from Swansea and surrounding areas worked extremely hard to make it to the final. During their journey, they knocked-out larger teams in the fixture list such as Cardiff, Bridgend, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire to go head-to-head with Pontypool who they’d already beaten earlier in the year.

Before the match the team were lucky enough to meet Dan Biggar, Welsh International Rugby player, and Gwyn Jones, former Welsh International Rugby player who wished them well before the final and presented them with their kit. Lewis Edwards, Llwchwr district team captain said: “It was a brilliant experience meeting Dan Biggar and Gwyn Jones, I think it gave us all the boost we needed before the game. They’re very inspiring, and I think it’s fair to say we all learned something from them.”

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A challenging match for both teams, but Llwchwr narrowly missed out on being crowned champions in the final as they lost 15-10 to Pontypool. An incredible experience for the young team whose names showcased on the stadium’s scoreboard, as well as arriving like professionals in a private coach and having the privilege of using the official players changing rooms, something which they’d never normally get the chance to do. Playing in front of the crowds at such an iconic venue is such a huge achievement for all of the young players.

Darren Edwards, co-founder of SME Finance Partners said: “We are incredibly proud of all the players who have taken part this year. We feel honoured to have been able to sponsor the jerseys for the team’s kit and have thoroughly enjoyed following their journey. It was lovely to see so many people from all over the country sending their well wishes to the team.  They should be incredibly proud of everything they have achieved this year, it’s a huge accomplishment to have made it to the final.”