Rugby is the hottest ticket in town! Following on from Wales' impressive win over England in the Six Nations, the largest college group in Wales has announced the appointment of a rugby engagement officer as part of a new partnership with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).
Grŵp Llandrillo Menai has partnered with the Welsh Rugby Union to host an officer as part of the WRU hub programme, which aims to grow, develop and enhance the national game whilst broadening its appeal. This will ensure that rugby will be inclusive and engaging to male and female participants of all ages and sections of our communities whatever their motivation and/or need.
Newly-appointed Hannah Hughes will be starting her new role at the college in March 2019 and will work across the Grwp's campuses in Denbighshire, Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesey. Hannah will be involved in developing an inclusive programme of learner participation.
By increasing and enhancing regular engagement and participation in vibrant educational settings, community clubs and clusters, the WRU can promote and retain the core values of rugby such as courage, integrity, discipline, respect, leadership and commitment, as well as providing the opportunity to improve health and wellbeing, family and community cohesion.
Along with re-establishing rugby participation within educational settings, a review found that the hub officers bring additional value to the schools, colleges and universities - such as improved attitude to learning and engaging challenging students in education.
Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is dedicated in its support of enrichment opportunities for learners by providing a range of activities which support and promote an active lifestyle. Its aim is to "inspire learners to choose and retain an active lifestyle", which is achieved through the promoting of active lifestyles, delivering a comprehensive and inclusive programme, supporting learners to become volunteers and coaches that deliver sport, physical and wellbeing activities and engaging underrepresented groups of learners.
Samantha McIlvogue, director, Learner Services, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai:
The partnership with WRU will offer a unique opportunity to introduce learners to the importance of leading active lifestyles through a diverse range of participation activities. The development of this inclusive programme will allow different levels of interaction and involvement and will promote links into the communities where Grŵp Llandrillo Menai delivers.
WRU participation and retention manager, Chris Ower, commented:
We are delighted to be entering into this rugby hub agreement with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. The hub appointment of Hannah is part of our increased coverage of hubs in North Wales and takes our national hub agreements to 90 across Wales.
Welsh rugby holds a longstanding and traditional position at the heart of Welsh culture: when the game, its clubs and educational providers are strong, it inspires and motivates people, binding them together in a way that no other sporting activity can.
Participating in rugby breeds values such as courage and integrity, discipline and respect, leadership and commitment, as well as building health, fitness and wellbeing, family and community cohesion. We will inspire the next generation of young people and their influencers to engage in rugby through a variety of fit for purpose offers, giving them a positive rugby experience.
Marc Roberts, regional rugby manager, added:
We are excited and looking forward to working with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and Hannah Hughes as rugby engagement officer. The partnership will establish exciting inclusive participation activities throughout the college sites and wider communities. We also see potential in training up male and female students to be future coaches, referees and volunteers across our rugby network. In doing so, we can continue to invest in healthy communities and grow our game.
To find out more, follow the progress of the GLLM Hub Programme @gllmrygbi