As the new rugby season gets under way if you are looking for a rugby club to join in the Neath Port Talbot area then feel free to contact David Arthur ( or Michael Dyer ( and we’ll help guide you.

At present Taibach under 12′s are looking for new players so if you are in year 7 at school and would like to join them then contact Team Manager Katie Heycock on 07792 491265. Training sessions take place on the Taibach RFC’s pitch “The Plough” on Tuesday evenings between 5.30 and 6.30pm.

Girls who are just going to Comprehensive School and who may have an interest in any form of rugby (Atomic/Touch/Contact) need to be aware of the Girls Development Centre that runs out of Llandarcy Academy of Sport (SA10 6FJ) on Mondays between 7pm and 8pm.

For further information contact Michael Dyer 07584488259 or Dai Arthur on 07740612791. Otherwise just roll up in training kit and bring a drink.

Neath schools u11 will be holding a club festival on Sunday 21st of September at Briton Ferry RFC.

It is set out for the school boy coaches to see players play a few games and look for players for this years neath schools u11 Squad.

Could coaches of clubs that come under the Neath schools area that are interested in taking a team along please contact Nick Evans on 07773555743 or email
Or alternatively leave a message on Neath schools rugby page on Facebook.

On the back of a once again successful Pathway Rollout, the WRU/Ospreys Coach Development Department would like to announce its next CPD event for the 2014/15 season.

Being one of the most crucial areas of the game relating to player safety and restarting play, SCRUM READY will address how to ensure your players are able to develop, adopt and maintain an appropriate scrummaging profile.

Not only is the profile related to scrummaging it is proven to have a positive impact on the ability to tackle, lift in the lineout and enter contact.

Coaches are invited to bring along a player from their age group to work with for the duration of the workshop; one coach one player.

The workshop will take place at Llandarcy Academy of Sport, on Monday 1st September 2014, running from 6pm – 8pm. The lead coach on the evening will be Wales and Ospreys Front Row Forward, Ryan Bevington.

If you would like to attend this event, please confirm your attendance by emailing Dan Owens, WRU Coach Development Officer at

Both Swansea Valley and Neath schools under 15′s will return to training on Monday September 8th.
The sessions will be delivered at Llandarcy Academy of Sport between 6.30 and 8pm.
Boys will receive further information on returning to school.

Places are still open and if you attend school in the Swansea Valley or Neath and are in year 9/10 then you are welcome to attend. If you require further information then contact David Arthur on 07740612791.

There are two opportunities to attend the IRB Strength and Conditioning course now available in the Ospreys region via

It is a one day course that involves practical participation, and will cost £40.

Further details are available at

All Clubs in the Ospreys Region.

A reminder for you to register for the Ospreys Cup 2014-15 by Friday 1st August? 

Register at 

Details of the draw/launch event on Monday 18th August will follow the close of registration.

The following Afan Nedd Teams have registered:

Under 15′s Neath Athletic, Cwmtwrch, Pontardawe, Briton Ferry, Bryncoch and TATA.

Under 16′s Bryncoch, Pontardawe and Abercrave.

Afan Nedd AGM will be held at Llandarcy Academy of Sport on Monday 11th August at 6.30pm.
Straight after this meeting there will be a registration meeting and affiliation fees meeting.
All clubs need to register their teams for the forthcoming season 2014/15.
Afan Nedd cup U12/13/14 entry will also be taken at this meeting.

Fees this season are as follows
Club affiliation to district £70
Team registration is £5 per team
Afan Nedd Cup u12/13/14 is £15 per side.

Also festival applications will be collected for those wishing to hold a forthcoming Afan Nedd Mini Festival.

Fun & exciting camps and courses for children aged 3-14 years
Fun and interactive
Safe learning environment
Latest WRU coaching methods and techniques

Meet new friends
Improve your rugby skills 


Rugby Stars Camp 29th, 30th and 31st July, Llandarcy Academy of Sport. 

Rugby Stars Camp 5th, 6th and 7th August, Brackla Sports Centre.

Book at:

I am pleased to invite coaching team delegates from each of the following age groups to attend the annual WRU Mini’s to Millennium – Pathway Rollout event to be held as follows:
· Llandarcy Academy of Sport – Indoor Arena
· Saturday 9th August 2014
o U7/U8 Coaches – 10am-11am
o U9 Coaches – 11am-12pm
o U10 Coaches – 1pm-2pm
o U11 Coaches – 2pm-3pm
· Each Coach is encouraged to bring along ONE player that also represents their age group in order to participate in coaching practicals
· This event is FREE to attend

What’s Involved?
Each age group, over the hour slot will receiving the following opportunities:
For the Coaches
· Informal and intimate coaching discussion with WRU Coach Development Officer relating directly to the interpretation of the player pathway laws for their respective age groups.
· Discussion will be support with video footage as supplied by WRU Referees Department to clarify identified “hot spots” of the pathway game.
· Observation of an age group game played by relevant age group players and refereed by a WRU Player Development or Participation Officer.
· Information relating to Ospreys Rugby ticketing initiatives.
For the Players
· Skills development session delivered by a WRU Player Development / Participation Officer directly related to how to play the game at their age group
· Opportunity to test their skills with and against other players of the same age
· Experience an environment under which the game should be played to take back to their team mates.
· Information relating to Ospreys Rugby ticketing initiatives
· Information relating to WRU Rugby Stars Camps

Spaces will be limited for each age group.To register your interest for this event (coaches) email Dan Owens (WRU Coach Development Officer, Ospreys) at asap.

Officials Contact Details

 Chairman: Andrew James
 Tel: 01639 645075
 Mob: 07926 613917

 Registration Sec: Colin Short
 Tel: 07815 720717

 District Sec: Chris Edwards
 01639 710132 / 07971 366377

 NPT/ WRU Development Officer
 Andrew Thomas 07814 781 015

 Ospreys/ WRU Development Officer

 Dai Arthur 07740 612 791

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