Underprivileged children in Bangladesh have been given an introduction to rugby during a visit from Northampton South MP David Mackintosh, who has presented the youngsters with kit donated by Northampton Saints.
The MP for Northampton South is visiting as part of a trip organised by the Conservative Friends of Bangladesh called Project Shapla.
During the visit to Sylhet and Dhaka, he has seen the work of The Leprosy Mission an met sufferers being helped by the organisation’s work.
To celebrate the ongoing Rugby World Cup, Mr Mackintosh handed over kit donated by Northampton Saints as part of an effort to get the youngsters playing the sport.
He said: “Rugby is not commonly played in Bangladesh, where cricket is very much the number one sport, but this is a chance to introduce them to the game at a time when it very much in the media spotlight. I am very grateful to Northampton Saints for donating kit to help the youngsters get started.”
David Mackintosh is one of four MPs making the trip, along with 30 representatives of the Conservative Friends of Bangladesh.
Chairman of the Northamptonshire branch, Naz Islam, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to spread the message of the Saints to a global audience.
“Northampton is home to one of the premier rugby clubs in the country and it’s a chance to grow the club, and the sport in general, in the sports mad communities in Bangladesh.
“We are hoping it will get people playing a new sport and will generate a massive new fanbase for the Saints as well.”
Saints donated a range of equipment including kit and balls, giving the youngsters the chance to hone their skills and learn a new sport that is currently experiencing a massive boost in its global popularity and profile.