We are proud to announce our recent sponsorship of The Hakes at St Ives RFC, sponsoring them with equipment as part of our commitment to empower and support our team members who invest their time for the good of their local community.
You can read the Q&A with Justin Ferguson, Service Centre Manager at our Cornwall Approved Repair Service, about his involvement with St Ives RFC below:
Q: How long have you been working at Ross Care?
I have been working in the role at Ross Care (forma Millbrook) for 6 Years, after leaving my Job at Virgin Media of 22 years as myself and family relocated to Cornwall.
Q: What is your current role, and what do you most like about working at Ross Care?
My current role is Service Centre Manager.
I like working at Ross Care because we are providing a service to the community which ensures people have a better quality of life.
This gives me a sense of pride and achievement knowing that I have helped provide someone with a wheelchair that will help improve their life.
Q: Could you tell us a little bit about the club and who it’s for?
The aim of St Ives RFC Youth section is to provide young people with the core values, and skills, to enable them to not only play rugby, but also develop a life long love of sport. We cater for both boys and girls from the ages of 6-18.
Q: How did you become involved with St Ives RFC and in what ways do you participate in the club?
I came involved with St Ives RFU shortly after we had moved to Cornwall and my son said that he wanted to play rugby. I took my son along to training sessions were he fell in love with it from a young age. Initially he began training and later went on to signing to play for them them. At that point my son asked we if I could train his age group along with the existing coach. I jumped at the chance to help my son and all the youth section carry on and enjoy rugby.
Q: What benefits do you think the children get from taking part in the team?
Apart from the obvious fitness benefits, the core values of rugby are teamwork sportsmanship, and resilience, which are incredibly important life skills. As well as this we foster a family approach. Most teams are made up of young people from at least three schools, enabling the young people the opportunity to forge new friendships.
Q: How does the sponsorship support the club?
Like everyone else, as a club and a charity, we are facing increased costs for both playing kit and equipment. This charity donation/sponsor will enable us to absorb these increased costs without having to pass them on to our members. This will enable us to keep the sport more accessible, and ultimately means there will be more young people playing the sport.