26 September 2016 / Club News

Fair play at the heart of Llandaff rugby festival

Young rugby players across South Wales were given their chance to shine when Llandaff opened its doors to host a Half A Game festival on Sunday.

More than 200 children, representing 16 clubs across the Cardiff and Vale region, took part in the bumper rugby festival and every player was given an equal opportunity on the pitch.

The teams from Barry to Llanishen join in excess of 1000 minis and juniors sections signed up to ‘Half A Game’ which ensures children are given the opportunity to play a minimum of half a game.

Llandaff were among the first to adopt the successful Half A Game concept of fun and inclusivity to stop youngsters dropping out of the game. The festival hosts paid tribute to all the Cardiff and Vale teams involved, which included Barry, Cymru Caerdydd, Cowbridge, Fairwater, Glamorgan Wanderers, Llandaff North, Llanishen, Llanrumney, Old Penarthians, Penarth, Pentyrch, Rhiwbina, Rumney, St Albans and St Peters.

Ron Jenkins, Junior / Youth Club Secretary at Llandaff, said: “Equal playing opportunities for young players is something we feel incredibly passionate about as Llandaff and it is fantastic to see such enthusiasm for the Half A Game initiative sweeping the region this season. The weekend’s festival was a fantastic success and that’s testament to the positivity and fair play demonstrated by all the teams involved; coaches, parents, children and supporters alike!”

WRU Rugby Coordinator Jake Thomas added: “The support within the Cardiff and Vale District for Half A Game festivals has been tremendously positive, not least by Llandaff who were one of the first clubs to drive Half A Game within the region. Llandaff are a shining example of the benefits of the scheme with healthy registration numbers across all age groups and greater player retention through the transitional stage from U16s to Youth rugby. It’s all down to their dedication and a positive rugby environment and it is very fitting Llandaff hosted a successful Cardiff and The Vale Junior District Association festival, the first of many Half A Game festivals in the Cardiff Blues region.”

Half A Game is part of the WRU Rugby Pathway, providing clubs, coaches, children and parents with support in the form of training as well as practical and promotional resources.The Half a Game campaign is part of the WRU’s overarching remit to engage more people, more often with more enjoyment and more success. Find out more on the WRU Coaching Locker:


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