Club keen to tackle rumours they've folded
A RUGBY club in Port Talbot has quashed rumours that its senior side has folded — and is calling for those interested to come and join the team.
Baglan RFC — which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year — have been subject to rumours across the area.
Stuart Mort, chairman of the club, said: "A lot of people think that Baglan RFC senior side has folded, which is not the case.
"There are around 12 players from last year's team no longer playing for Baglan, but this doesn't mean we've folded.
"This just opens up the opportunity for new players to step up and realise their potential."
As well as celebrating half a century since the club was founded last year, the clubhouse was also turned into a set for the filming of Paul Potts movie One Chance.
Despite refuting rumours of the end of its senior team, Mr Mort said that it does still need to increase numbers.
"Anybody who wants to take part in regular Saturday senior rugby can turn up at the club for training on a Wednesday at 6.30pm.
"Baglan RFC celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and our facilities are excellent, our coaching staff are well qualified and have experience of coaching at premiership levels.
"We have qualified first aiders on hand at every game and a loyal supporter following.
"We also have a thriving junior section with teams from 6 to 11 years of age."
And the club was also given a new lease of life in the summer, with a makeover.
Natwest Rugby Force sent down five volunteers to help update the facilities, as part of its Rugby Force weekend on June 30.
The aim of the makeover was to attract the community back to the club, and involved painting, laying a new patio and general cleaning of the club.
Mr Mort said the weekend was a good start, and the club would continue to build on the work done. The issue of dwindling player numbers in Welsh rugby has been a big issue at the start of the season.
This week, with the campaign just two weeks old, Dulais Valley club Banwen have had to withdraw from division five south west of the national league because of a lack of playing numbers.