Blaina RFC has one senior men’s team and a senior women’s team across the club and are looking to launch a mini and junior section soon. The club relies on sponsorships and grants to fund their work in the local community.

The Premier Forest logo features on the club’s kit and signage at their grounds, and their donation will support the club as they continue to grow grass roots rugby across the region.

Dilwyn Howells, co-founder of Premier Forest, has been involved with the club for over 40 years and is now club president at Blaina RFC, after playing there in his youth.

He said: “We’re so pleased to be able to support a club that is so close to my heart and plays such a pivotal role in the local community. As a company, we are always looking to give back and support the communities in which we operate, especially across Newport and Gwent, as that is where we first started. When we founded the business, I was playing for Blaina RFC in Heineken league one, so it’s great to see these two important things in my life support one another years later.”

Andrew Pugh, Chairman at Blaina RFC, said: “We’re very grateful for Mon Timber and Premier Forest’s support this season, as it is thanks to our sponsors that we can continually develop local talent at a grassroots level and see it thrive. We hope to see them cheering us on along the sideline this season, alongside Dilwyn of course.”

Premier Forest Products is a vertically integrated timber operation engaged in the importation, sawmilling, processing, merchanting, and wholesale distribution of timber and timber products from its multiple sites in the UK.