Allan James from Rhyl has been a rugby officer in north east Wales since graduating from Coleg Llandrillo with a degree in Sports Coaching and Exercise several years ago. He has now been appointed as one of only four club developers across Wales, and will work closely with a dedicated group of clubs based in the north and west WRU district boundary.
He has developed strong relationships with the clubs in this region having worked on all areas of the club game for over a decade. He gained valuable club development experience working very closely with Rhyl RFC on its clubhouse project and ground-breaking move in recent years. He has also enjoyed working on several national club development projects as part of the ‘Pathway to Participation’ workstreams.
The Welsh Rugby Union has made a major commitment to supporting its 300+ clubs around Wales. A key part of the Union’s strategic direction going forward is to invest in the people and places that promote and nurture the national game of Wales: from playing the game, to supporting volunteering and creating vital partnerships.
The first part of this commitment is the creation of these additional roles within the club development team. The newly-appointed developers will work side-by-side with clubs to make a real difference in areas such as accessing grants and external funding streams. They will also support and upskill volunteers, and help clubs to draw up bespoke plans that work for them.
Head of club development Chris Munro said: “We are very excited to be able to put this team of people together who are determined to make a real difference to clubs around Wales – and importantly, to support the people at those clubs who, given the right support at all levels, transform them into thriving and sustainable hubs of their communities.”
WRU community director Geraint John said: “Rugby clubs have been at the heart of Welsh communities for 130 years. They represent the best of Wales and its people and form the foundations of our rich, sporting heritage. The experience of the past 18 months has highlighted the unique togetherness and strength of our clubs and the vital role they play within our communities – not only in nurturing rugby players, coaches and referees but in welcoming all sectors of society and supporting the health and well-being of the nation.
“We want to celebrate our clubs and the people that make them special and make a real difference in helping them to embrace the future of our game. Our club development team will be key to that and we are thrilled with the calibre of individuals in the team who have, between them a wealth of experience, not only across many levels of our game but across other sports and sectors.”
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