Last season was one to remember for Glyncoch as they secured a league and cup double.
The Rhondda club added the SWALEC Bowl to their Division Six Central title as they went unbeaten throughout the season. But the importance of rugby in the area goes further than just the changing rooms with the sport playing an absolutely vital role in the community.
The 2011/12 season saw Glyncoch win all 22 of their league games, easily claiming the Six Central crown and racking up 106 points in the process. The team ran in a total of 135 tries and conceded just 21 as they ended up a massive 24 points clear of second placed Caerau Ely.
Add in a thrilling cup final victory at the Millennium Stadium and it's easy to see why Glyncoch are a club on the up. Trailing 14-0 to New Tredegar in last season's final, full-back Shaun Baggs masterminded a comeback to seal a 16-14 win as the club took home the SWALEC Bowl.
But with a past reputation for anti-social problems in the area, the rugby club is playing a key role in keeping locals off the street and getting them involved in the game.
"It's a tough council estate and there's not a lot going on so the club plays a huge role in providing an outlet for the boys on the estate," said Mark Rowlands, Glyncoch's head coach.
"The club has kept all the boys off the streets and it's vital in the area," added team manager and club chairman Dai Jones. "We try and do as much as we can for the boys and they come down at weekends to watch the matches and get involved in the club."
And this youth policy seems to be working with nine of the side who played in last season's Bowl final having come through the youth set up over the last three or four years.
The club's success has helped to improve the lives of those in the area with Glyncoch running a zero tolerance drugs policy on those who play for the club.
"We had a bad reputation in the past for fighting but we're looking to improve that now and go up the leagues."
And that is exactly what Glyncoch will be doing if last year is anything to go by with The Gladiators confident of success in Division Five.
"Our pre-season has been really good and the boys are up for the challenge so we should be there or thereabouts come the end of the season," said Rowlands.
"A cup run would be nice but we are focusing on the league. Only one player has left and we've got four or five new signings so we're looking strong," added Jones.
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
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Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.