A RUGBY League team in Teignmouth which is raising awareness of the sport in Devon and getting people talking about mental health has been handed a new kit boost by by a local homebuilder.

Teignbridge Trojans RLFC, who play at Teignmouth RFC’s Bitton Park ground, has secured sponsorship from Barratt Homes/David Wilson Homes and is now hoping to push on and raise awareness of Rugby League in the South West during the summer season.

Formed in 2016, the club competes in the South West Men’s League along with others from across Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. It has provided a gateway for players from various rugby union teams throughout the area to experience rugby league, often for the first time.

As well as leading to new kits, the sponsorship will make an important contribution to the club’s running costs over the coming season.

The club says it is guided by a core ethos to promote and provide the platform to enjoy rugby league to as many people as possible, whether as a player, volunteer or spectator.

As well as their work on the pitch, the club is making a positive difference off it as well. Teignbridge Trojans has teamed up with men’s mental health charity Andy’s Man Club, and LooseHeadz, a rugby clothing brand that reinvests 100 per cent of its profits to raises awareness of mental health and challenge stigma. Through this partnership, team manager Joe Bramley will become a dedicated mental health lead at the club, providing support to players and members.

Bramley explained: ‘With the delayed World Cup in England later this year, and the addition of the sport’s top league being shown on free to air television, this is a great year for the promotion of Rugby League.

‘The South West also has its first professional team entering League One this year with Cornwall RLFC, so it’s a big year for the region and the development of the game in our community.

‘It’s fantastic, therefore, to have a recognised brand in Barratt Homes/David Wilson Homes as our main kit sponsor. It shows our ambition as a club that a company which plays such a positive role in the communities we represent wants to get involved. This will help tremendously as we grow and progress as a team.’

Nicki Reid, sales director at Barratt Homes’ Exeter division, which covers the wider Devon area, added: ‘We’re really pleased to be sponsors of Teignbridge Trojans RLFC and for the team to have their brand-new kit for the season. It’s incredibly important for us to help support local communities where we are building much-needed homes.

‘The club plays a vital role in helping people stay active and healthy, both physically and mentally, thanks to their partnership with inspiring orgnisations like Andy’s Man Club and LooseHeadz. We wish Teignbridge Trojans RLFC the best of luck for the season ahead.’