CHRISTMAS has well and truly kicked off for Italian youngsters who have been granted their festive wish by Leamington Rugby Club.
The sport is quickly gaining popularity in the country and the club in the Tuscan city of Pescia holds free training sessions for local youngsters.
And when Leamington RFC chairman Phil McGaffin heard about the work being done by the Italian coaches, he got in touch to offer a set of rugby shirts and World Cup balls for the children.
Pescia Rugby Club founder and coach Chris Phillips told the Observer: “This positive news has made our Christmas.
“Leamington RFC have no connection with us, however they found out what we are doing and decided to help us in a way which has made an incredible difference to our new club. We think Leamington should be enormously proud of these people and their club.”
The Leamington club hope this is the start of a long Anglo-Italian relationship.
A spokesman said: “Best of luck to the club. One man does not a club make but Santa hats off to Chris for getting the club up and running.
“This is just the start of a long rugby club friendship. We are glad to help and will continue to do so.”