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16 August 2017

Wales’ oldest tour operator starts charity to give back in Asia

NEI UK Ltd has been running tours in India and South Asia for over 25 years.

For some time the business owners have been looking for a way to give back to the countries that have had such an impact on their business, and have recently started a new charity to help bring Wales’ favourite past time to Asia.

Rugby is a fast-developing sport in Asia, and many of those already helping raise awareness of the sport are Welsh.

Thousands of young people are now learning to play rugby but India and Sri Lanka are very short of rugby coaches. Eric and Peter of NEI UK have formed a Not-for-Profit Community Interest Company, called the International Rugby Coaching Initiative which aims to identify people in Wales who would be willing and keen to volunteer to travel to India and Sri Lanka (and other places in the future) to spend a few weeks supporting an established rugby club for young people.

IRCI is now fundraising to make sure that a steady supply of volunteers are available to travel abroad and take part in this worthy cause.  Donations of outgrown or unwanted kit are also welcomed. Companies small and large and individuals are warmly invited to participate via very affordable sponsorship.

Neil Blockley, South Wales Development Manager, said: “It’s great to see NEI using its very unique business position as Wales’ oldest tour operator to give something back to the countries that have brought so many good memories to thousands of Welsh tourists. I look forward to seeing the scheme develop.”

To support the scheme and for more information visit the IRCI website  -