Glamorgan Gazette - - Sport -

BRID­GEND Ath­letic RFC are once again grate­ful to Si­mon Apsee of JH Apsee & Sons, re­movals and stor­age spe­cial­ists for spon­sor­ing their re­cent fix­ture with Wau­narl­wydd at the Mor­gan­stone Brew­ery Field.

Si­mon and his highly rep­utable com­pany have been in­volved with the Ath­letic across the 40 odd years that they have been trad­ing and are the long­est con­tribut­ing Ath­letic club spon­sors. They also spon­sored this sea­son’s all-weather suits for sub­sti­tutes.

Grand­fa­ther John Apsee, founder of the busi­ness, be­came in­volved with the Ath­letic when his el­dest son, cur­rent head coach John, played in the youth in 1977 be­fore rep­re­sent­ing Maesteg, Brid­gend and Wales B at cen- tre. Younger son Si­mon, now the prin­ci­ple in the com­pany, played back row for the Ath­letic and Brid­gend. Their sons Dan (No 8) and Rho­dri (prop) have also rep­re­sented the Ath­letic and Brid­gend and are cur­rent Mal­tese in­ter­na­tion­als. Dan has made 189 se­nior Ath­letic ap­pear­ances, while Rho­dri has made 62, in­clud­ing a re­cent per­mit game from the Ravens against Am­man­ford.

Spon­sors like the Apsees have al­lowed Brid­gend Ath­letic to thrive and, since its for­ma­tion in 1972, pro­vide rugby for over 400 play­ers weekly, from Un­der 7s to Youth and Se­nior level. This sup­port has been vi­tal in see­ing many Welsh Youth and Se­nior Welsh caps emerge from its base, as well as two Bri­tish & Irish Li­ons in a great suc­cess story over the last 45 years.

Si­mon Apsee and son Rho­dri

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