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My name is Tom Robinson and I am the new rugby development of cer in Brecon High School. As well as Brecon High School I provide rugby sessions and support to the feeder primary schools in the area.
The time and effort in these schools will ultimately bene t Brecon RFC with more enthusiastic and skilled rugby players but also new, currently unregistered players. This should then ensure the longevity of the club by making sure that all age groups have strong participation numbers coming through.
My plan for rugby in the area is to grow participation, club transfer and retention. To do this I will be using the timetabled lessons and after school sessions that I deliver in Brecon High School and feeder primary schools to increase the participation numbers across all age groups for boys and girls. I will then look to complete the player transfers from school rugby
to club rugby using novice days and rugby camps to show unregistered children what there is on offer for them at Brecon RFC.
Finally comes retention. This is a long-term objective that stems from offering a ful lling rugby environment for anyone that wishes to be involved in any aspect of the game. By getting the school rugby players to register and play with Brecon RFC there is more chance that they will remain involved in the game for many years to come and the game become ever more popular in the local area.
Meet Richard Smart who has joined the senior coaching set up this season...
My background has seen me ful l various roles within the game. My most recent position was as Director of Rugby at RTB Ebbw Vale RFC. During my time there I also coached the youth team and was Head Coach with the senior side.
Other roles I have had include Head Coach with the Ospreys regional age grade and forward coach and Head Coach with Bridgend District Rugby on the Osprey Player Pathway. These roles were heavily focussed on player development and included input and advice from senior Ospreys coaches and players.
I have also assisted at Ebbw Vale RFC in their rugby development programme, working with players from surrounding clubs to expose them to a different level of the
game. The purpose of which was to unearth future Ebbw Vale talent.
Another area of the game I have been involved in is coach development. I worked as a WRU coach educator within the Ospreys Region, delivering on Level 1 and 2 coaching awards.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my life at Brecon RFC since joining at the beginning of the season. Many of the people I have met all share the same vision and enthusiasm for the club. The pas- sion and commitment of the club’s volunteers is evident. Even as the dark nights draw in a
nd temperatures are dropping, it is good to see committee members and club of cials taking an interest in training. It is also pleasing to see that the club is  nancially investing in the running of a second XV. You can see the bene ts of this where the club is able to  eld a 1st XV when it is faced with all the real obstacles, which all other clubs have, such as injuries, work and holiday commitments. Working towards better cohesion between both teams, players, playing style and philosophy should become the priority to ensure the ongoing success and the club have the opportunity to do this over coming seasons.
I am very excited about the future of the club. My present role allows me to assist with the second team and analyse performance, with a view to make these players available for 1st team consideration. I have access an input to the 1st team which allows me to do what I most enjoy and that is coach. I am more than happy to help out wherever I can add value and, like every volunteer, I am passionate about what I do.
On Wednesday 23rd November Christ College hosted Crawshays Welsh Youth side in Brecon. There was excellent representation from Brecon RFC players with no less than 12 players from our U16’s and Youth sides playing.
The Christ College 1st XV side included 7 players from Brecon RFC with Archie Trevethen, Harry Jones, Ben Masters and Olly Lewis from the U16’s and Henry Morgan-Gervis, Huw Thomas and Tom Richards playing.
The Crawshays Welsh Youth side included Dafydd Edwards, Gareth Price, Rowan Starkey, Josh Hamilton and Rhys Evans who all currently play in our youth side.
The  nal score: Christ College 10 – 15 Crawshays Welsh Youth.
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