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The Duke of Cambridge: Launching the WRU Coach Core apprenticeship

The Duke of Cambridge: Launching the WRU Coach Core apprenticeship

THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE has launched the Welsh Rugby Union’s new Coach Core apprenticeship programme.

Coach Core was created by The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in 2012 as part of the Olympics Legacy and it aims to improve the quality and availability of sports coaching, especially in schools and communities in deprived areas, while also creating employment.

With financial support from The Hunter Foundation, the WRU programme will be run over a 12-month period in the Cardiff Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons regions, supporting 12 young people aged 18-24. The coaching and mentoring programme will help the young people gain new skills and qualifications in rugby development and coaching, supported by WRU staff and coaches.

His Royal Highness met the 12 newly selected apprentices and took part in some rugby coaching led by the apprentices themselves at Sport Wales before attending the Wales v Fiji Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium.

Former WRU rugby development officer Carl Scales has been appointed to develop and manage the WRU Coach Core programme, while Neath Port Talbot College is supporting the WRU as the learning provider to put the successful apprentices through recognised qualifications and invaluable on-the-job work experience with the Welsh Rugby Union, one of the leading sports governing bodies in the country.

WRU chairman Gareth Davies said, “We are delighted to have received the support of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to enable us to set up this exciting new programme. The WRU Coach Core Apprenticeship scheme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain new skills and experience within the field of rugby and sports coaching. It will open doors, not only for the apprentices themselves, but also for all those they engage with on a community level during the 12 month programme.”

WRU Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey added, “The apprentices will be working with our coaches and development officers in schools and clubs and will become role models in their own right within their communities.”

Supporting children and young people to achieve their potential is one of three key areas of focus for The Royal Foundation. Through strategic partnerships, seed funding and raising awareness, the Foundation helps young people to build their skills, confidence and aspirations. Engagement through sport plays a key role in achieving these outcomes.

Four Coach Core programmes have already been run in other locations: two in London with Greenhouse Sports and two in Glasgow with Glasgow Life. This is the first Coach Core programme in Wales but the Royal Foundation is actively looking for further opportunities to expand the programme throughout the country.

Sir Tom Hunter, Hunter Foundation chairman said, “This is a fantastic way of supporting young people and their communities to deliver sustainable positive outcomes. We are delighted again to support The Royal Foundation as they grow the already successful Coach Core programme and being part Welsh, this is a brilliant next step in that journey!”

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, said: “The WRU is to be congratulated for their forward thinking approach that has already produced such good results in terms of persuading more young people to take part in school and club rugby. Adding this apprenticeship opportunity to their scheme demonstrates how well sport can benefit both the individual and the community and I look forward to seeing other sports follow the WRU’s lead.”

The final selection of the 12 WRU Coach Core apprentices was made this week. Owen Young of Aberdare said, “I see this as a great opportunity to promote the game I love and follow in my father’s footsteps. To develop young people will be a great achievement for me,” while Cameron Douglas of Neath said, “I see the apprenticeship as a pathway to influence people’s lives with sport specifically rugby and increase participation in Wales.” Tom Robinson of Ystrad said, “I am excited to be involved in this programme and will use my passion for the sport to inspire and coach others”, while Jessica Hancock said, “At school I wanted to play football but wasn’t allowed. I was called fat. This inspired me to lose weight and play sport. I want to inspire others to do it if you want to and not take no for an answer”.

The 12 WRU Coach Core apprentices:

Connor Prankerd, Owen Young, Cameron Douglas, Jacob Thomas, Kyle Raubenhaimer, Elliott Smith, Tom Robinson, Craig Duncan, Callum House, Lily Gallagher, Jessica Hancock, Dan White

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Veteran Vikings beaten by Swansea



HAKIN United Over 40s travelled to the Llandarcy Academy of Sport last Sunday (Nov 28) to play Swansea University.

Hakin took the lead inside 10 minutes as Matthew Price raced clear of the Uni defence before side footing the ball into the bottom corner.

A great start for the Veteran Vikings, but on the half hour mark, two quick goals for the Swansea men turned the game on its head.

A third goal just before half time put Swansea firmly in the drivers seat, but, the Hakin players felt that the goal was offside and that there was a handball in the build-up.

However, despite all of the protests, the goal stood.

Hakin looked far more purposeful in the second half, but they failed to find a goal that was going to get them back in the game.

Hakin are next in action on Sunday, December 12, when Church Village visit the Obs.

Hakin 40s: Jim Payne, Nick Jones, Adam Collins, Ali Davies, Paul Hannon, Marc Devonald, Simon Atyeo, Mark Riley, Paul Jones, Matthew Price, Phil Richards.

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Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League results



IN the Pembrokeshire Junior Netball leagues on Saturday (Nov 27), there were wins for Sapphires White Under 12s and Pembroke Under 14s.

There was also a win for Fishguard Under 16s as they beat Pembroke 28-24.

Results for Saturday, November 27:

Under 12’s:

Sapphires White 7-4 Chaos Thunder

Players player:

Sapphires: Orla Maulio Martina

Chaos: Annabel Richards

Under 14’s:

Pembroke 23-17 Sapphires White

Players player:

Pembroke: Carys Kenniford

Sapphires: Florence Barker

Under 16’s:

Fishguard 28 v 24 Pembroke

Players player:

Fishguard: Evie Rands

Pembroke: Megan Bowen

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Seagulls snatch late win over Nantgaredig



FISHGUARD scored a late try to seal their first win of the League 2 West season on Saturday (Nov 27) as they came from behind to beat Nantgaredig.

The Seagulls held a 12-5 lead at the break but Nant hit back in the second half to take a 17-12 lead.

Luke Marshall and Robbie Jones went over for the visitors while James Griffiths added one conversion.

Winger Iwan Thomas scored for the home side and vice-captain Gavin Orson scored and they were also awarded a penalty try.

Griffiths then slotted a penalty through the posts to bring the score back to 17-15.

With the clock ticking over the 80-minute mark, Fishguard attacked and were rewarded when Griffiths scored the try to put his side into the lead. Griffiths then added the extras before the referee blew for full time.

It left the home side feeling deflated having had the victory taken away from them in the last play of the game.

On Saturday, December 4, Fishguard are at home to Milford Haven while Nantgaredig travel to Tycroes.

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