A group of defensive backs at the Sandwell Steelers, known as the Legion of Swag (Britball Nation Award 2017 Best Dressed Ballers nominees), have decided to spend the 2019 season giving back to the community.
They’ll be raising money for their chosen charity, The Kaleidoscope+ Group, who deliver high quality and appropriate services for people who experience ill health, promoting recovery, independence and integration at all times and raise awareness of health issues across the communities they serve, challenging the stigma associated with mental illness.
While some of the methods are being finalised, members are already donating money each day they don’t workout, the whole group will be donating sums for training ground misdemeanours and in-game successes, alongside schemes such as inviting teammates to pay to decide the inevitably awful field fashion we play in.
The Legion have invited five guests of Kaleidoscope+’s choosing to each of our home games this season and supporters can donate at the Legion’s JustGiving page or by sharing information about their efforts via social media – even if you can’t afford to donate at this time, just head to the page and give it a share on your social platform of choice to increase awareness and support for this worthy cause!
“We’re excited to have settled on a more than deserving charity to raise funds for. It was important that they make a real difference in the local community, and Kaleidoscope+ have a proven track record” said cornerback Gareth Thomas.
This group of Steelers are also offering an incentive to defensive backs at the Steelers’ youth team, with the first ‘Scholarship of Swag’.
“We wanted to be able to give back to the team at the grassroots level”
said safety Sam Busher.
“To set a good example for the youth team to aspire to.”
Members of the Legion are already attending Sandwell U17 training sessions ahead of the season to identify one worthy winner who will have their subs paid for in entirety for 2019, and be presented a hand-picked ‘Swag Pack’ to ensure the next generation looks good, feels good and plays good from day one.
“One of the key areas we discussed to increase the cross-programme support from our three teams,” said corner Pete Roden.
“The scholarship and our involvement in training sessions aims to show the players of the youth team that the Adult programme have an interest in their development. In turn, we hope this will lead to players graduating and returning to the club, and the Legion of Swag, at Adult level.”