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Club Volunteering

Every rugby player has their roots in the clubs which make up the Welsh Rugby Union and rugby clubs depend on volunteers to make all aspects of rugby possible.

Volunteering in rugby goes beyond the coaches and referees. We have opportunities for everyone to get involved in a range of activities and roles which are essential to our game.

Recruiting volunteers is one part of the task facing clubs. Once clubs have volunteers in place, it is essential we work together to support and train volunteers to make them feel part of the club environment. With this in mind, the WRU supports the Give to Gain principles. These principles apply to volunteers and clubs with the aim of supporting volunteers to develop and clubs to grow a skilled volunteer workforce.

Give to Gain principles

1. Volunteers know exactly what is expected of them - this can be achieved through actively using clear role descriptions with time commitments or inductions.

2. Volunteers are valued, developed and supported - education courses, workshops or recognition awards will move towards this principle

3. The mutual benefits of volunteering are clear to everyone - emphasising why volunteers are key to our game and the benefits to volunteers such as improved health, employability and confidence will help grow our workforce.

Many clubs will be activating these principles, some may need support to grow further, some maybe at the beginning of the journey. With a clear focus on volunteering and developing the workforce, some clubs have nominated a Volunteer Coordinator to make sure that all volunteers are aware of the opportunities avaible to them, feel supported in their role and new volunteers have a clear pathway in to the club.

Want to register a volunteer coordinator for your club? Please email contact details to

Volunteers really are the heart of our clubs. We have to make sport appealing, enjoyable and easy to access. The WRU wants to support clubs in recruiting and training volunteers. If you would like further support, please email

Volunteer Training

Is your club interested in providing it's volunteers with necessary skills to perform their role in the club? Some of the courses below maybe to interest to you:

St John Cymru Emergency Aid for Rugby - a 3 hour course tailored towards rugby volunteers focusing on injuries commonly seen on the pitch. This course is delivered at the clubhouse and volunteers attain a first aid qualification for three years. Suitable for all volunteers over the age of 16 years or older.

WRU Strapping Workshop - a bespoke workshop developed by the WRU in partnership with Physique Management and delivered at the clubhouse. The workshop introduces four strapping techniques to volunteers. This workshop is a practical one and suitable for volunteers engaged with under 13's teams or older.

For further information on either course, please contact Claire Coleman (Volunteer Development Manager):

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