LOCAL housing developers Allison Homes South West has gifted North Tawton Rugby Club with a donation as part of its commitment to support local businesses across the Devon region.

The sponsorship has enabled the team to update its away kit for the men’s first team.

The kit prior had been used by the team for around four years and was much in need of an update. Rugby often results in the kit becoming overused and the standard of the shirts can fade over time.

The new away kit isn’t the only change for the North Tawton side this season, the league has recently been updated, going from a mixture of Devon and Cornwall teams competing in one league to being split to just a league for Devon and another for just Cornish Teams.

As part of the sponsorship, Allison Homes has been invited to do the club’s sponsors' lunch, which is held each season, offering club sponsors the opportunity to network with other businesses that have also sponsored or supported the club in different ways.

Commenting on the donation, Player and Club Committee Member, Alexander Fewings said: “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Allison Homes team. North Tawton is a growing community in the heart of Devon. Over the past decade demand for development and housing has increased as new work opportunities arise in the local area. 

“The Allison Homes development will allow local families and the community to grow, and affordable safe housing will no doubt be welcome by all those who live in the area and wish to move here for a fresh start.

"The sponsorship towards the club allows the development to be advertised and promoted to other areas of Devon and the club will also push to inform those who attend matches and events of the work the development plan to do in the future.” 

Commenting further Allison Homes, Head of Sales, Michele Jones added: “As a business Allison Homes is committed to supporting communities and initiatives close to our developments that help make a difference in the local area. The North Tawton Rugby Club is an amazing team nurturing local Devon talent and it is an honour to have partnered with such a great team.

“The team look fantastic in their trendy new kits and we look forward to hearing more about the team’s success this season.”

The North Tawton rugby club’s home pitch is located less than five minutes away from Allison Homes’ Weavers Place development, which offers a range of three and four-bedroomed homes.

Perfect for modern family life, the Weavers Place development offers homeowners access to independent boutiques, a general store, a Post Office, local cafes, and restaurants around the central square, as well as a choice of traditional pubs. The beautiful Dartmoor National Park is right on the doorstep of Weavers Place.