Tech start-up founder donates legendary rugby kit to high school

Former Welsh rugby international and now tech entrepreneur Gemma Hallet has donated the legendary Welsh Colleges Girls Ruby Kit to Hawthorn High School.

Having won 35 rugby caps for Wales and spent five years coaching the Welsh Colleges Girls rugby team, Gemma recently backed the Pontypridd-based school by giving them the kit.

Gemma is the founder of employment app miFuture, which aims to help youngsters find high-quality jobs, training and courses throughout Wales.

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.

She decided to make the donation in a bid to support the school’s rugby activities. “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,” she said.

 “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.”

Many of the women who have worn this kit include Kerin Lake, Adi Taviner and Ffion Lewis. They are quickly becoming household names for women’s rugby in Wales.

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.”