The Mangaung Rugby Club in Bloemfontein is buoyant, having received a much-needed technical sponsorship. It is envisaged to bolster the club’s profile on and off the playing field, as well as to develop prospective future male and female players. The deal, valued at R85 000, from Betway South Africa was presented to this community team on 1 November. The technical sponsorship includes rugby equipment and outfits. The team is hopeful the support will enable achievement on the playing field, challenge them to win trophies and develop future players capable of playing provincially, nationally and internationally. The Mangaung Rugby Club, which competes in the Free State Club Rugby League, was founded in 1994, with the intention to introduce the sport of rugby to the black community. The club utilises the Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre in Rocklands for training purposes. Its mission is to attract future star players, male and female alike. The club is added to the list of beneficiaries of the sponsor, focusing on reaching communities across various sporting disciplines throughout this year. David Rachidi, sponsorship marketing manager, has encouraged the club to build on its intention to source and develop players, adding that the group is encouraged by sports organisations that play such important roles in society. “We draw pleasure from lending a helping hand in our communities through sport. With the understanding of how expensive sporting equipment is for community clubs, this is our way of giving back to the community,” said Rachidi. According to the club’s president, Peter Peter, the club has brought together into its fold unemployed youth who struggle to afford tertiary education, and is giving them an enjoyable and healthy activity which can possibly be turned into a career. A result of good work by the club is the signing of Otsile Ranthako (21) by the Free State Cheetahs. The youthful player has become a regular feature for the Free State rugby side in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge. Thembela Sibizo, Mangaung chairperson, said with very limited resources, the club still managed to produce talented players who have become role models and inspire the next generation to play rugby. He has expressed great appreciation for receiving the technical sponsorship, which will enable the team to continue identifying and developing top players.