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.

Ladies and Gents, I urge you all to read the following piece of information and take it to heart.


WHAT do you reckon is one of the main reasons most kids quit sport? While you’re pondering, let’s absorb this stat from the US: Each year 20 million children register for baseball, soccer, football, hockey and other competitive sports; about 70 per cent of those will quit by age 13.


Also according to the National Alliance for Sports, these kids will never play those sports again. Never.

Pass another doughnut and plonk them down at the computer screen until it’s time to take them to hospital in a specially built and reinforced obese person’s ambulance. Never is an awfully long time.

While you are standing on the sidelines of the cricket/netball/hockey/rowing this morning before you drive off to another sideline on the other side of town, do you think your child will be among the 30 per cent who stick at it?


Well, going by research, if you are a yeller, probably not. Children hate mothers and fathers behaving aggressively on the sideline of junior sports events, especially their own.

So, how’s that new barracking rule working for you? You know the one where some sporting codes have introduced lollipops for parents to put in their mouths because their barracking became so out of hand and abusive.

I met a man in the butcher’s shop (where all good gossip happens) and he’s talking about his latest efforts coaching junior teams for his three kids – rugby, league and hockey. This is an intelligent, skilled, thoughtful junior coach out there in the nice suburbs of Brisbane.


“Every weekend I am called a f—wit and even a c—, on the sideline, in a carpark full of Mercedes and BMWs. Even in front of their kids.”


Parents. We’re just fantastic creatures, aren’t we? We tell our kids how much we do for them, driving them everywhere for sport, buy all the gear so they look like mini-professionals – 10-year-olds in $300 boots and top-line $150 compression gear “to reduce lactic acid and muscular fatigue” – and what’s it all about really?

If we’re honest, it’s ego. Not the kids’. The parents’ ego. Deep down, if we interrogate our motives, what starts off as wanting our children to be active and learn to love physical activity can sometimes morph into something else.


What’s all that hoopla about sons in the first XI and first XV stuff? Yes, it’s admirable to strive to sporting excellence. But when I first moved to Brisbane and realised actual grown-up men were standing around at a party talking and obsessing over that kind of thing, I had to check: “You are talking about your KIDS’ sport, aren’t you?”


When I was growing up, parents mostly didn’t really hang around. They dropped you and went off to take care of the other 10 kids in the family. Or did other grown-up things like earn a living, shop for groceries or go to the pub.

Mostly we played sport unwatched. The ref wasn’t screamed at and abused by hostile parents. We played our sport for ourselves – basically for the fun of running around a paddock with our mates. And it was bloody fantastic and enormously freeing.


Someone who has spent his life playing and coaching sport and pondering how to retain young athletes in sport for life is Peter Gahan, head of player and coach development with Australia Baseball, after years at Queensland Academy of Sport. I rang him to pick his brains about kids and sport (in a month of Bernard Tomic’s father assault charges and Nudgee College’s steroid scandal) and to ask: “Where has all the fun gone?”

Fun needs to be at the very heart of sport, says Gahan. Even at the elite level, he says, research now shows all athletes need a fun activity in their training session. He says countries must walk the fine line of wanting elite sportspeople while encouraging mass participation.


“Research looking at 8000 schoolchildren in the UK revealed that the perceived lack of competency and ability stopped them from playing. They wanted to impress and look good but they couldn’t, they gave up,” Gahan says.

He says New Zealand has introduced a fundamental movement skills program in primary school with a sports officer in those schools to oversee the program.

“It covers 14 basic skills including running, hopping, throwing – the basics that are age-specific from Year 1. From what I hear, New Zealand is going to start kicking our arse at the next Olympics because, with this program, they will have a greater pool of athletes to choose from coming through.”


He sees the obesity epidemic as entirely avoidable.

“A lot of the research on childhood obesity points at the fact that the kids are eating the same amount of calories as their fitter counterparts. They are just not moving. They are sitting in front of a TV or computer.”

So, why do most kids quit sport? Well, one of the main reasons, apart from the obvious ones – didn’t like the coach, not enough time, too much pressure – is one parents don’t want to think about: The car ride home.


The car ride home after playing sport can be a game-changer. Whether you are five or 16, the journey from ground to home can be a non-stop parent teaching moment.

Whether you’ve played well or lousy, your dad can let you know what you should have done.

Should have run when you should have passed, should have kicked.

He becomes one of those shoulda- coulda-woulda dads.

Mum goes off about the netball umpire, bitch, and your coach not giving you enough playing time, cow. Yep, that car ride home can be pure joy.

If you can, try not to stuff up the car ride home, Gahan says.


The car ride home is when the kid just wants to quietly let the game sink in – whether a win or a loss.

They know if they’ve played well or badly. You don’t need to tell them. The car’s a pretty intense closed environment. They can sense your every thought, disappointment, anger, even a bit too much pride. It’s all there, crowding in. Every sigh, every shrug is amplified.


So, I ask, what do you say on the car ride home?

Gahan says: “What about, ‘geez, I love watching you play out there’?”


Because of the heavy rain showers and the threat of thunder and lightning, Swansea Valley training is cancelled tonight; Tuesday 10th June.

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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