Apologies for the strong headline, but this is a real possibility for some teams unless they get their registrations in order.
This is a reminder to everyone that there is to be a Player Registration Audit this coming week, and the outcome will be that once any outstanding registrations in the hand of the registration secretary are processed, we will then run a print out from the WRU computerised system we use, and this will tell us which teams at which clubs, have insufficient registered players to allow them to play. At that point we will be contacting senior club secretaries and informing them their teams are suspended from playing until the registrations are brought up to date.
We will also be notifying other teams in the district that are due to play these teams to prevent games going ahead with uninsured players.
We are sorry it has come to this, but sadly many individuals have been showing complete contempt for the need to play only registered players.
OK that’s the bad bit done We DO appreciate that paperwork is not the strong point of many people who just want to coach. we also appreciate that getting the documentation can be difficult so with that in mind I have put together the following to help you.
1. PHOTOGRAPHS – you don’t have to take the player to get photos done, you can take a head and shoulders shot with a digital camera or mobile phone and print them out. this is always the easiest way as the players are there, you just line them up and take the photos. Then you can print them out, cut them out, (if you don’t cut them out they will be returned as this is too time consuming when there are hundreds to be done) attach them to the forms and submit them. cheaper and quicker for you.
2. FORMS you can download the forms by clicking on the links and printing them out. Don’t worry about having to print them in the correct colour, just make sure you have the correct from Minis or Juniors
The above documents will make it possible for you to register players easily and without the need to travel to get cards, forms, or photographs.
These registrations/transfers should be completed and can either be delivered to the registration Secretary’s address, or brought to the district meeting (next meeting is Monday 10th November.)
I can’t tell how important it is for you to ensure your registrations are up to date, as if teams don’t have enough players to play matches, we will be preventing matches going ahead, and any club playing an inter-club game/event with unregistered players will be liable for disciplinary action from the WRU.
We REALLY want to avoid this action but sadly we are now left with no option due to the number of unregistered players playing rugby on a weekly basis.
Swansea Valley will now play Aberavon Schools at Tata RFC on Friday 7th November with a 6pm kick off. Arrival times, etc, will be given out at training on Thursday (4pm) at Maesydderwen Comprehensive School.
Neath play South Powys at Llandarcy Academy of Sport on Friday 7th November with a 4pm kick off. Players should confirm with their PE Teachers that they need to leave at 2.45pm to arrive at Llandarcy for 3pm. PE Teachers have been informed that you will be making the request to leave early.
Following on from a few issues over the team named Valley Crusaders at the last District meeting all these issues have now been cleared and the team are all clear to play in the Afan Nedd u14 matrix picking up the Cwmgors fixtures. The team now come under the senior club of Cwmgors and are a team of players from Cwmgors and Alltwen RFC.
Any issues please contact the Afan Nedd Committee.
Sustaining your Club’s future Workshop
Monday 13th Ocotber @ Tondu RFC
Monday 20th Ocotber @ Morriston RFC
Arrival from 6.00 p.m. for a 6.30 p.m. start
The Welsh Rugby Union and Natwest Rugbyforce are once again hosting a programme of workshops called “Sustaining your Club’s future”. It’s designed to assist the “off the field” team in developing and sustaining their rugby club business. We received a fantastic response last year and once again, invite clubs to attend this workshop.
Set out below are frequently asked questions which outlines the workshop in more detail.
To register to attend the workshop, please clink on the link below and complete the online form:
If your senior committee has attended this workshop, please offer this opportunity to volunteers in your junior sections who may be interested in attending.
Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to make contact on the numbers below.
Frequently Asked Questions
‘Sustaining your Club’s future’
What is the workshop?
This workshop forms part of the WRU Club Operations Team initiative to assist clubs in being sustainable as well as developing where possible. The WRU recognises that volunteers are responsible for managing the business of rugby and with this in mind aims to provide volunteers with skills to create sustainability and growth.
This workshop is the first in a series and aims to support clubs in reviewing their club objectively, identifying areas where the club performs well as well as areas the club can improve on.
What’s involved in attending the workshop?
The workshop is presented by John Oates, a consultant who has an impressive history working in sport and developing clubs. As well as a booklet, there is an interactive presentation and group work which aims to put theory in to practice.
How long will the workshop last?
We ask attendees to arrive between 6.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. This gives you the opportunity to meet John and talk with other clubs before the workshop starts. It usually lasts about 2 hours so we aim to finish at 8.30 p.m.
The Swansea Valley Dewar Shield squad will change their training venue and return to Maesydderwen Comprehensive School on Monday 29th September.
Players need to arrive by 4pm and report in to Steve and Craig who will be leading the session. If you have any problems with regards to attending then let Team Manager Adrian Lock (07974156583) know as soon as possible.
The session is scheduled to finish around 5.15pm.
There are still clubs out in the Afan Nedd district that have not paid their affiliation fees and cup entry fees. This is not fair on other clubs that have paid their fees more than 6 weeks ago. Can the clubs that have not paid their fees please pay so in the next 7 days.
Tonna u16!are looking for players to join them. They are recruiting at the moment. Any boys interested can contact Steve Evans on 07974570384.
Under 12s preliminary cup round
Tonmawr v Abercrave
Cwmtwch v Cwmavon
Taibach v Briton Ferry
Glynneath v Baglan
Bryncoch v Neath Athletic
Skewen, Pontardawe and DVL
Under 13 preliminary cup round
AGS v Ferry Steelers
DVL v Cwmavon
Neath Athletic v Skewen
Pontardawe v Abercrave
Bryncoch, Ystradgynlais and Tonmawr
Under 14s preliminary cup round
Ystradgynlais v Cwmavon
Resolven v Bryncoch
Taibach v Tonmawr
All games to be played to pathway rules and Afan Nedd District cup rules.
Under 12s and 13s cup games are to be played by the next district meeting.