Achievements

The major aim of the Trust is to promote rugby at all levels and assist the personal development of young people in Wales through encouraging participation in the Game. In its efforts to implement this strategy, current Trust achievements include:

  • The development of instruction and coaching resources for teachers and coaches and youngsters, including the widely acclaimed ‘Play the Game’ package, which has been adopted by the International Rugby Board (IRB) to support the development of the Game worldwide and distributed under license to all 93 member Unions.
  • Support for Dragon Development Officers (DDOs) in partnership with Unitary Authorities.
  • Support for District and Club Youth Competitions.
  • The establishment of a high quality Saturday Schools League. With the support of the Trust’s lead sponsor, Lloyds TSB, this has grown from 24 teams to almost 90 in only three years and has re-ignited interest in schools rugby amongst youngsters, their parents, the media and the wider population.
  • The establishment of a high quality National Youth League for all U19 Clubs accross Wales. 164 clubs have registered, making it one of the biggest and most exciting initiatives in Welsh Rugby to date.
  • Financial assistance for Welsh Schools and Welsh Youth Rugby.
  • An award scheme which assists outstanding young players with scholarships to complete their education or vocational training in Wales, whilst developing their rugby skills in the National Elite Academy.
  • A unique Apprenticeship programme and National Accreditation Centre, in partnership with clubs and supported by the Welsh Training and Enterprise Councils led by West Wales TEC, for those players who wish to pursue vocational training as an alternative to an academic education, whilst developing a professional rugby career.
  • The appointment, in association with the WRU and Welsh Women’s Rugby Union of a National Co-ordinator for Womens and Girls rugby.
  • Starter Kits of equipment to enable those primary schools which do not play rugby to introduce the game to boys and girls.
  • Grant Aid to assist the development of rugby in the junior sections of clubs and in primary and secondary schools throughout Wales.
  • The production of Dragon News, a 36 page, full colour magazine – the only publication of its kind produced in Wales – which is distributed to over 2500 schools, colleges and clubs in the Principality and to all 93 IRB member Unions.
  • The development of educational resources based on the design, construction and operation of the Millennium Stadium. These address the needs of a wide range of school and college curricular areas and are intended to engender a sense of ownership of their National Stadium amongst all young people in Wales.