Sandwell’s ‘Legion of Swag’ Continue Community Work

Earlier this year we wrote about a group of defensive backs at the Sandwell Steelers, the Legion of Swag, and their efforts to give back to the community. At the halfway point of their season, sitting comfortably atop the NFC1 South after a 5-0 start, we went back to get an update on their progress.

One of the areas they were keen to get involved in was youth football at the Steelers, offering a ‘Scholarship of Swag’.

“After attending a number of sessions to assess them personally, and getting feedback from their coaches, we eventually narrowed it down to one very deserving winner…” Said cornerback Gareth Thomas.

Josh Fellows was the recipient of the first scholarship, and he immediately stood out on the field too.

Members of the Legion with the first “Scholar of Swag”

“It was great to hear that Josh scored the first two touchdowns for the under 17’s team this year, and looking fresh while doing it and helping the team start 2-1.”

Additionally, they have done their part to give back to the Steelers’ game day volunteers, sprucing up the ‘Hydration Station’ helmed by the famous ‘Tipton Jesus’, Samantha Wilson.

Away from football, the Legion are continuing to raise money for Kaleidoscope+, a mental health charity based in the Black Country.

Having committed to a small “fine” for infractions such as dropping the ball or being beaten in coverage, a number of personal pledges, donations for on-field achievements and support from fans, the Legion have since surpassed their £500 target.

“Between us, we pledged £30 per turnover and another £30 per touchdown, and that’s pulled in £270 so far” said Gareth Thomas.

Rob Jones (#26) representing Kaleidoscope+ during the victory over Shropshire. Image by Whizzyfingers Photography.

“To be just halfway through the regular season and already beating our expectations is great, and we owe huge thanks to the whole Steelers organisation for sharing our updates on social media and in the matchday programmes.”

You can get further updates on the Legion’s progress on their Facebook page and donate to their campaign on JustGiving.

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Gareth Thomas

Gareth has played for the Birmingham Bulls and Sandwell Steelers, and as a frustrated offensive play-maker craves only the sweet rush that comes with interceptions. He joined Double Coverage at the request of Rob Amor and is only here until he's picked up by ESPN or Sports Illustrated.