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
OR
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:

http://www.wru.co.uk/eng/club/workshop_registration.php

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

Bye:-
Skewen, Pontardawe and DVL

Under 13 preliminary cup round
AGS v Ferry Steelers
DVL v Cwmavon
Neath Athletic v Skewen
Pontardawe v Abercrave

Bye:-
Bryncoch, Ystradgynlais and Tonmawr

Under 14s preliminary cup round
Ystradgynlais v Cwmavon
Resolven v Bryncoch
Taibach v Tonmawr

Bye:-
Tonna

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.

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 (darthur@wru.co.uk) or Michael Dyer (mdyer@wru.co.uk) 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 nick_evs88@hotmail.com.
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 dowens@wru.co.uk

Officials Contact Details

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

 
 Registration Sec: Colin Short
 Tel: 07815 720717
 Email

 
 District Sec: Chris Edwards
 01639 710132 / 07971 366377
 Email

 
 NPT/ WRU Development Officer
 Andrew Thomas 07814 781 015
 Email

 
 Ospreys/ WRU Development Officer

 Dai Arthur 07740 612 791
 Email

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