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Wales v Samoa, 13th November 2009 🕰️ The first time Sam Warburton ran out for Wales in Cardiff. We look forward to welcoming him back to Principality Stadium this autumn. #ThrowbackThursday

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New coach development system to meet changing needs of coaches

Welsh Rugby has adapted the landscape of community coach development in Wales to meet the changing needs of grassroots coaches and players.

The Welsh Rugby Union recently undertook a comprehensive series of workshops for community coaches of every level and the results of the consultation process have formed the basis of the new approach to grassroots coaching in Wales.


The new system prioritises the holistic development of the coach and enables them to access continued support, resource and qualifications throughout his or her coaching career, whether he or she remains in junior club coaching, moves on to male or female senior coaching at grassroots level, pursues opportunities within the performance end of the game or a mixture of the above.

Rather than a pyramid-type coach development system with Tag and Children’s Level 1 at the bottom and Level 4 at the top, the recent consultation process, along with research and collaboration with other governing bodies and organisations have helped the WRU design a new system which places the coach at the centre and recognises the various ways and entry points individuals may get into coaching. It allows for more regular workshops and assistance (CPD) outside the formal coach courses to enable coaches to become more skilled and supported at their chosen level of coaching, which will in turn help them to develop better players.

The coaching courses have also been changed, principally introducing a new ‘Coaching Early Contact’ course for under 9s to under 11s which recognises the need for additional support, especially around the important area of safety within the game, at a crucial time for players as tackling and other elements of the rugby are introduced and developed.

Community coach development manager Gerry Roberts said: “Grassroots club coaches form the vast majority of our active coaches in Wales and we believe this new approach to coach development will not only support them in their journey as coaches but in doing so will improve how we develop our players in Wales.”

WRU Head of Rugby Participation Ryan Jones added: “Players’ enjoyment of our sport is largely dictated by the one-on-one involvement they have with their coach – a fun, safe and inspiring environment gives them all a positive rugby experience. The changes being implemented are all with Welsh Rugby’s purpose at front of mind – more people, more often, with more enjoyment and more success.”

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Mae'r bartneriaeth newydd rhwng yr Urdd ac Undeb Rygbi Cymru eisoes wedi dwyn ffrwyth wrth i nifer o gyfranogwyr gynyddu 50%. Gwelwyd twf aruthrol yn nifer y disgyblion ysgol gynradd ac uwchradd gymerodd rhan yng nghystadlaethau rygbi amgen a gwyliau rygbi a drefnwyd ar y cyd rhwng yr Urdd a URC, o 7340 y llynedd i 11042 eleni.

Gwnaeth gŵyl Rygbi Traeth ym Mae Colwyn dydd Gwener cloi cyfres lwyddiannus o ddigwyddiadau rygbi rhanbarthol a chenedlaethol saith bob ochr, rygbi ta...g a thraeth ers cynnal y gystadleuaeth saith bob ochr cyntaf yr Urdd a URC ym Mhencoed ym mis Ebrill, pan ddaeth dros 3000 o ferched a bechgyn at ei gilydd i gystadlu.

Gwelwyd cynnydd ym mhob maes, gyda'r cynnydd mwyaf i'w weld yn y nifer ddaeth i'r digwyddiad ym Mhencoed ac yn y cystadlaethau rygbi tag ar gyfer ysgolion cynradd.

Meddai pennaeth Cyfranogiad Rygbi URC Ryan Jones: "Mae rhaglenni'r Urdd a URC yn cyrraedd y nod o weld Mwy o Bobol yn Fwy Aml ac o weld Mwy o Fwynhad a Mwy o Lwyddiant. Gan ddefnyddio format gwahanol ar gyfer merched a bechgyn o wahanol alluoedd yr ydym wedi llwyddo i sicrhau bod y gêm yn cael ei chwarae mewn amgylchiadau llawn hwyl a deniadol.

"Mae gweithio gyda'r Urdd mewn ysgolion ar draws Cymru yn golygu ein bod ni yn llwyddo i hyrwyddo dwy o'r elfennau pwysicaf ym mywyd diwylliannol Cymru, sef yr iaith Gymraeg a rygbi ymhlith y genhedlaeth nesaf. Mae'r cynllun Rygbi Traeth yn y gogledd yn dangos bod modd ymestyn apêl y gamp tuag at blant sydd ddim, fel arfer, yn cael cyfle i chwarae rygbi yn yr ysgol.

Gary Lewis, Cyfarwyddwr Chwaraeon yr Urdd, “ Mae’r cynnydd mewn cystadleuwyr a nifer y digwyddiadau eleni yn galonogol iawn ac rydym yn hynod falch o’r bartneriaeth gydag Undeb Rygbi Cymru. Fel mudiad mae cynnig gweithgareddau o bob math drwy’r Gymraeg yn flaenoriaeth i ni ac mae’n wych gallu cynnig cystadlaethau newydd megis y rygbi traeth mewn lleoliadau arbennig ar arfordir Cymru. Rydym yn edrych ymlaen yn fawr at ehangu’r bartneriaeth i’r dyfodol gan gynnig hyd yn oed fwy o gyfleodd i aelodau’r Urdd yn 2018.”

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As the dust settled on another Junior World Championship where Wales finished seventh in Georgia, Wales U20 head coach Jason Strange could have been excused for casting his mind nearly 10,000 miles away.

Winners all round with 50% increase in Urdd WRU Tag, 7s and Beach Rugby events

Primary and secondary pupil participation in the URDD WRU organised alternative format rugby tournaments and festivals held during the spring and summer terms has rocketed from around 7340 last year to 11042 this year.

Three Beach Rugby festivals in North Wales, culminating with last Friday’s 'Tag ar y Tywod' event on Colwyn Bay beach completed a successful series of regional and national Sevens, and Beach rugby events since this year’s inaugural Urdd WRU 7s at Pencoed in April when almost 3000 secondary school girls and boys competed over three days.

Numbers are significantly up across the board with the biggest increases in playing numbers seen at the Pencoed 7s and the regional and national primary school tag tournaments.

WRU Head of Rugby Participation Ryan Jones said, “The Urdd WRU programmes meet our purpose of More People More Often with More Enjoyment and More Success. Using alternative formats of the game to include boys and girls of all abilities in rugby makes for a fun, engaging environment.

“Working with the Urdd in schools around Wales means that two of the most important elements of the Welsh culture – rugby and the Welsh language – are promoted to the next generation of Welsh men and women and the Beach rugby pilot in North Wales is a perfect example of reaching out to children who traditionally had less opportunity to play rugby, especially in school.”

Gary Lewis, Sports Director at Urdd Gobaith Cymru, “The increase in the number of competitors and events this year is very encouraging and we are extremely proud of our partnership with the WRU. As an organisation, offering a wide variety of activities through the medium of Welsh is a priority and it is great that we’re able to offer new competitions such as beach rugby at these wonderful locations on the Welsh coast. We’re looking forward to develop our partnership in the future by offering even more opportunities for members of the Urdd in 2018”.

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