THE owners of SILSDEN'S Cobbydale Forge gym say they are 'super excited' to be the kit sponsor for young and aspiring rugby players from Silsden Storm.

Founders of the Forge, Leah and Ben Sowrey, have a wealth of knowledge in the realms of sport and development so jumped at the chance to sponsor the youngsters of Silsden.

Ben’s passion is rugby. During his 10-year professional career he played for Worcester Warriors, Newcastle Falcons, Yorkshire Carnegie and Wharfedale. He knows what it takes to be committed and appreciates how a secure grassroots programme can develop keen players to make it to the top.

He said: “We are over the moon to be sponsoring our local team. It’s a great community link we have created. The kids and dads are all members of our family-run gym so it felt perfect that we could give back. Being a father of two sons and knowing the life skills rugby can provide I want nothing more than for our village to be creating a quality set-up which no doubt both my lads will be a part of - when they’re out of nappies!

"Here’s wishing Tim Wilkinson and the team all the best for this season."