Vale youngsters saved from wandering away from rugby.
A Barbarians-style rugby team has been formed in the Vale of Glamorgan after youngsters from three clubs were faced with the prospect of not playing any matches this season.
The under 13s squads from Barry RFC, Dinas Powys RFC and Llantwit Major RFC were all struggling for numbers at the start of the season, so they have merged together to form the 'Vale Wanderers'.
The team has been set up by coaches Miff Connelly (Barry RFC), Chris Davies (Dinas Powys RFC) and Tim Jones (Llantwit Major RFC), who said: "We are really pleased that we've been able to keep the boys playing rugby and prevent a whole age group from being lost to the game. Hopefully the Wanderers will be a short term solution, and that extra players can be found to enable the boys to go back to playing for their respective clubs next season. However, if necessary, the Vale Wanderers could continue. The most important thing is that we keep the boys switched on to playing rugby."
As the Vale Wanderers are a mix of three teams, they wear their old clubs' shorts and socks, just like the Barbarians. However, while the Baa-Baas are known for their world-famous black and white hooped jersey, the Wanderers are currently having to make do with alternating between the three different club shirts.
Tim is hoping this won't be the case for long, and is looking for a sponsor to come forward who can help provide a new set of shirts for the boys, while still maintaining the mixed club shorts and socks.
Delighted with the way the Vale Wanderers have been formed, The Vale of Glamorgan Council's rugby development officer Matt Silva said: "It's vital that the boys don't miss out at such an important age for their development. Obviously it would be ideal if the boys were still able to play within their own clubs, and we are working hard to increase participation, but in the short term this is a great way for them to continue playing regular rugby. From what I've seen, the boys also have a lot of Barbarians spirit, showing excellent maturity to put aside old rivalries to become good team-mates and friends."
To find out more about the Vale Wanderers, or if you are interested in sponsoring the club, please call Tim Jones on 07795 423258. For further details about rugby development in the Vale of Glamorgan please call Matt Silva on 01446 704603
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