New interest in Kidwelly rugby as Scarlets come to town
KIDWELLY Rugby Club juniors have been paid a special visit by Scarlets props Rhodri Jones and Phil John — enticing as many as 10 new players to come on board.
The stars took part in the club's weekly training session as part of the club's Community Roadshow which aims to encourage participation in sport across the region.
The scheme sees development officers and players offer training sessions with a strong focus on encouraging participation, teamwork and fun through rugby.
Along with the regional WRU development officers, they hope to encourage new players to take up rugby, and say they were delighted to hear that 10 new players came along to the club's training session in Kidwelly.
Chairman of the Junior Section, Richard Jones added: "It was a good event and there was a boost in numbers throughout our grades.
"I think the Scarlets coming out into the community encourages children who would not ordinarily come and play really.
"With that additional impetus it's just enough for a child to be convinced that it's a worthwhile thing to attend in that first session — it's enough of a hook to get them in and playing."
Jones, originally from Machynlleth, said after a busy few weeks out and about across the region, they have had a fantastic welcome at all the clubs, including Kidwelly.
"Myself and Phil enjoyed the evening and the children were really enthusiastic," he said.
"We joined in with the club's training session and it's always nice to have a welcome out in the community.
"These young guys are the future of the region and it's fantastic to see so many boys and girls out training and really enjoying their rugby."
The club is making visits to junior clubs right across the region over the next few months.
For more information on when your club is due a visit contact the community department by e-mailing community@scarlets. co.uk