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You may have been aware of the Tops4Teams kit giveaway scheme that was recently piloted for Yorkshire based BARLA clubs.

BARLA are please to inform you that after a massive response and the enormous success of the pilot, the Tops4Teams scheme has now been launched nationwide and is open to BARLA clubs in all areas.

The scheme was officially launched on the Sky magazine programme, `Boots ’N All’ and clubs will be able to apply for the offer by emailing either; or

Lancashire-based Waterhead Rugby League Club – affectionately known as the place of attainable dreams – are the first team to receive a sponsored kit. Kevin Sinfield and Barrie McDermott, both Waterhead legends, made the presentation when the Top4Teams Scheme was launched on air on Boots ‘N’ All.

Four UK businesses have joined forces to support British Amateur Rugby League Association (BARLA) clubs nationwide, in response to Sport England’s decision to cut funding to the sport by over £10 million.

In an initiative fronted by England Rugby League captain Kevin Sinfield and former Great Britain and BARLA GB international Barrie McDermott, the four organisations will donate over £100,000 of kit to more than 110 BARLA clubs throughout the country.

National central heating specialist Help-Link, Yorkshire-based clothing firm Xamax, heating appliance manufacturer Worcester Bosch and plumbing and heating product supplier Plumb Center, have collectively ploughed the six figure sum into the ‘Tops4Teams’ Scheme.

With the sport lying close to the hearts of all four businesses, the aim is to invest in grass roots rugby and help continue to nurture future talent within the sport. At least 114 clubs will be provided with UK manufactured high quality shirts, shorts and socks in their home team colours, on a first come first served basis. By equipping these junior teams with the professional kits needed for them to perform to the best of their ability, the sponsors hope to offset some of the difficulties that the funding cuts will pose.

Mel Butler, managing director of Help-Link explains:

“Amateur rugby league clubs will face new financial struggles now over the next five years. As sponsors of the Tops4Teams initiative, we want to invest in the legacy of these teams, encourage their continued development in the sport and support an active and healthy lifestyle amongst these youngsters.

“There has been a decrease in the number of people registered to play rugby league in the last two years, therefore to ensure that the spirit of the game encourages interest for generations to come, we have decided to invest in the future of the game by giving back to ARFL communities nationwide.”

Yorkshire-based Help-Link is one of the largest central heating specialists in the UK, employing a 550-strong nationwide team. Help-Link’s unique low monthly repayment plan, which allows customers to replace their old boiler and pay back monthly, has become so popular that the company fits over 2,000 new central heating boilers per month; putting them second only to British Gas for central heating installation in the UK

Xamax Clothing Company is a Wakefield based, established workwear and promotional clothing specialist. The company has more than 20 years’ experience providing bespoke quality clothing to everything from call centres to sports teams

Worcester Bosch is a leading manufacturer of heating and hot water appliances for the home. They are leading the way in environmentally friendly heating and hot water production, through their commitment to producing renewable energy solutions.

Plumb Center is the UK’s market leader suppliers of plumbing and heating products including central heating systems, bathrooms, showers, drainage and renewable technologies.

For further information please contact; Jessica Speight, Marketing Assistant, Help-Link UK LTD, 3310 Century Way, Thorpe Park, Colton, Leeds, LS15 8ZB, Direct Dial: 01977 877622,

Alternatively; Roger Fagge, BARLA Administrator, West Yorkshire House, 4, New North Parade, Huddersfield, HD1 5JP,
Tel: 01484 599113,


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