NEWTOWN and Llanidloes High Schools have been praised after embracing an exciting new rugby development scheme.
The schools are among 11 across North Wales to take up the challenge in engaging grass roots rugby in their communities like never before.
Newtown and Llanidloes schools join Holyhead, Caernarfon, Llandudno, Llanrwst, Denbigh, Ruthin, Wrexham and Bala in appointing full-time development officers charged with developing the game and enhancing community links.
Marc Roberts, WRU regional manager for North Wales, said: “It’s an exciting time, the profile of the World Cup and the Welsh squad doing so well is really putting the sport in the spotlight.
“It’s brilliant therefore to be able to accelerate the development of the community game with the hub officers, whose roles are to deliver rugby for boys and girls within a specific secondary school and catchment area.
“We have seen some fantastic work already done in the recruitment of new players into the game and transitioning new players into the local club game.
“It all bodes well for the future with the addition of three rugby co-coordinators working in the areas without hub officers .”
Llanidloes High School officer Adam Price said: “"I am thrilled to have received the opportunity to become the hub officer for the Llanidloes area and am looking forward to the challenges ahead in increasing participation within the rugby community.
“I hope to use exciting and varied opportunities and a "whole club together" ethos to develop participation across all ages through playing, coaching, officiating and volunteering within the rugby club.”
Newtown High School counterpart Dai Roberts added: "I am over the moon to get the opportunity as hub Officer for Newtown and am looking forward to increasing awareness of rugby opportunities in the
area and encouraging greater participation.”
The appointments have also been welcomed by Dai Higgs, Rugby Gogledd Cymru (RGC) co-ordinator for the region.
“I am thrilled to have Dai Roberts and Adam Price joining Euros Jones (Ysgol y Berwyn) as hub officers for RGC South.
“Having four professional rugby staff in a rural area will make a massive difference to the unique challenges the area has.
“I look forward to this group of motivated, passionate, professional staff increasing further in the future."