The next Afan Nedd meeting will be held on Monday 10th of March at Llandarcy Academy of sport at 6.30pm. The U13/14 final info will be given at this meeting also it is the last chance to enter your mini teams in the Afan Nedd festivals to be held in April and May. No more teams will be entered after this date and also all entry fees need to be paid for the festivals on this night.
Can all last years U13/14 and festival cup shield and bowl winners also please return them in the above meeting.
The following squad has been selected to represent Swansea Valley in their Dewar Shield fixture against Islwyn on Friday 7th March:
Forwards: Nathan Truscott, Robert John, Charlie Milne, Callum Gallagher, Dylan Baugh, Ben Williams, Dylan Williams, Jonah Moxey, Harry Davies, Zak Beynon (capt), Owen Morgan, Phil Withers and Daffydd Thomas.
Backs: Kain Griffiths, Iwan Temblett, Liam Byrne, Taylor Phillips, Scott Simons, Nathan Williams, Jonathan James, Luke Evans, Sonny Dolan and Alex McNamara.
The bus leaves Pontardawe Tesco at 3.30pm, Ystalafera School Gates at 3.40pm and Glanrhyd Post Office at 3.50pm on its journey to Abercarn RFC for a 6pm kick off.
Players would be wise to eat a good lunch in school and carry an after school snack (plus drink) in order to ensure that they play on a full tank of energy.
Any issues please contact Team Manager Adrian Lock on 07974156583
On Tuesday 25th February Swansea Valley, Neath, Aberavon and Swansea under 14 training groups will have a development morning at Llandarcy Academy of Sport.
Boys need to arrive at 8.30am and will finish their session at 11am.
The morning session will be based on a series of small sided games against different districts; with the players getting the chance to show off previously learned skills. The session will take place on the 3G pitch at the centre.
The following squad has been selected to travel to North Wales (Colwyn Bay) on Monday 24th February, kick off 3.30pm:
Forwards:Nathan Truscott, Kingsley Morgan,Owen Pritchard, Charlie Milne, Callum Gallagher, Jacob Tate, Ben Williams, Dylan Williams, Jonah Moxey, Brandon Jones, Owen Morgan, Zak Beynon and Dafydd Thomas.
Backs: Kain Griffiths, Iwan Temblett, Taylor Phillips, Liam Byrne, Scott Simons, Liam Jones, Nathan Williams, Sonny Dolan, Luke Evans, Jonathan James, Alex McNamara, and Tilan Jones.
Bus leaves Pontardawe Tesco’s 8.15am, Graig Newydd 8.20am, AllBlacks Arms 8.25am, Ystradgynlais RFC 8.30am, Ystradgynlais Square 8.35am and Abercrave Bottom Road 8.45am.
Any problems with availability contact Adrian Lock on 07974156583.
Swansea Valley play against Pontypool in the Dewar Shield at Banwen RFC on Friday 7th February; kick off 7pm.
The following squad need to meet at 5.40pm. Hoodies to be worn before the match and shirt and tie after.
Forwards: Nathan Truscott, Robert John, Charlie Milne, Callum Gallagher, Kingsley Morgan, Ben Williams, Dylan Williams, Jacob Tate, Jonah Moxey, Phil Withers, Harry Davies, Zak Beynon (capt) and Owen Morgan.
Backs: Kain Griffiths, Iwan Temblett, Liam Byrne, Taylor Phillips, Scott Simons, Nathan Williams, Luke Evans, Liam Jones, Sonny Dolan, Jonathan James and Alex McNamara.
Match Postponed yet Again.
For the third time Swansea Valley will try and play their Dewar Shield fixture with Islwyn at Newbridge RFC on Friday 31st January, kick off at 6.15pm.
Forwards: Nathan Truscott, Rob John, Charlie Milne, Callum Gallagher, Kingsley Morgan, Jacob Tate, Ben Williams, Dylan Williams, Harry Davies, Zak Beynon (Capt), Owen Morgan, Phil Withers and Brandon Jones.
Backs: Kain Griffiths, Iwan Temblett, Liam Byrne, Taylor Phillips, Scott Simons, Nathan Williams, Luke Evans, Liam Jones, Sonny Dolan, Alex McNamara and Jonathon James.
Bus times: 3.30pm Tesco Pontardawe; 3.40pm Ystalafera School Gates; 3.45pm Glanrhyd Post Office.
Join The Beat
Updated website and additional functions
Clubs, big or small, are always looking to recruit more volunteers for a variety of roles from coaching to first aid to administration. The WRU is seeking to support clubs to recruit volunteers in a number of ways and one way is through the Join the Beat Programme.
This programme can be used at any time during the season and for recruitment aims. Events do not have to be based at the rugby club. What is important is the outcome is to benefit the rugby club and the sport of rugby.
The website for the programme has been revamped to add a number of new features aimed at supporting clubs as detailed below:-
1. Register a Vacancy – clubs can submit vacate positions to be advertised on the website and via twitter
2. Join The Beat – clubs can register for Emergency Aid Funding, Club Events and Max the Minis.
3. Club Recruitment Programme – rather than host one single event, a club can create a series of events to increase particpait0n and volunteer recruitment
Join the Beat merchandise to support clubs includes:-
1. Leaflets, posters and banners containing club content
2. Gazebo to use at events and during the season
3. Wind dancer banners to use at events and during the season
4. T shirts, and giveaways.
Clubs are also invited to submit news stories which fit with the Join the Beat programme.
If you would like to discuss volunteer recruitment, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Club Support Advisor – Volunteering
T: 029 20 822438
M: 07764 922852
The girls development centre (years 7 to 11) returns on Monday 13th January at Llandarcy Academy of Sport.
New and previous participants are invited to attend the indoor session which runs between 7pm and 8pm.
The centre will be extremely busy on Monday night so parents/carers be aware of the parking issue or merely drop off and pick up just after 8pm.
If you require further information contact David Arthur on 07740612791.
This match has been postponed; training as usual on Monday 20th.
Re-check website on Friday as Caerphilly CBC checking the playability of their fields on Friday.
The Swansea Valley squad to play Islwyn on Saturday 18th January in the Blacwood area is as follows:
Forwards: Nathan Truscott, Rob John, Charlie Milne, Callum Gallagher, Owen Pritchard, Jonah Moxey, Jacob Tate, Ben Williams, Harry Davies, Zak Beynon (capt), Phil Withers, Owen Morgan and Kinsley Morgan.
Backs: Cain Griffiths, Iwan Temblett, Liam Byrne, Taylor Phillips, Scott Simons, Nathan Williams, Liam Jones, Luke Evans, Sonny Dolan, Jonathon James and Alex McNamara.
The Bus Route and times are as follows: 8.30am Tesco’s at Pontardawe, 8.40am All Blacks Arms, 8.45am Glanrhyd Post Office 8.50am at Ystradgynlais RFC, 8.55am Ystradgynlais Square, 9.00am Abercrave main road, 9.05am Coelbren Crossroads and 9.15am Glynneath RFC.
Just a reminder that the next Afan Nedd District meeting will take place on Monday 13th January at 6.30pm at Llandarcy Academy of Sport.
Also any outstanding cup games must be played and results in by this meeting.
The new contact for fixtures for Neath Athletic U14s is Dave Lukes on 07870660415.
There will be issues with parking at the venue so share lifts or park outside the main car park.