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.
Being part of one of our clubs leads to you developing life long skills, from business administration to life-saving knowledge. The WRU aims to provide volunteers with opportunities to learn and develop their skills as a thank you for their time and commitment to the game.
Club Administrators are central to the clubs. Volunteers like Rhian Edwards of Seven Sisters started their rugby roots because their children were involved in the game. Rhian's roots began with supporting the junior section to develop the club. It developed in to a role with the senior committee giving Rhian the opportunity to apply existing skills and develop more.
If club administration is not for you, we have team based roles. Team Managers and First Aiders are central to making training and games happen every week. David Jones of Colwyn Bay is an example. As a youth team manager, he attended a Rugby First Aid course. He now uses this knowledge on a weekly basis with his team. He's also used them outside of rugby attending to an individual who collapsed in a petrol station.
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): firstname.lastname@example.org