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November 20

Have you entered our '12 Days of Christmas' competition yet?! The deadline for entries is 5.00pm this Friday (November 24th).Starting December 1st twelve sports clubs from Rhondda Cynon Taf will be awarded with an early Christmas gift. 

 Sport RCT 12 Days of Christmas 2017 ENGLISH

 

November 18

Looking for a Safeguarding and Protecting Children Course?
Book on to our Play Your Part course!
December 7th 6.00-9.00pm at Ton and Gelli Community Centre
Price: £27
Visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/playyourpartcalendar to book a place

 

November 16

Looking for a Sports First Aid course?
Book our next Play Your Part course!
December 5th 6.00-9.00pm at @USWSport Sports Park
Price: £25 per person
Visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/playyourpartcalendar to book a place

 

November 15

TennisWales are now accepting nominations for their 2017 Tennis Wales Awards. The deadline to submit nominations is noon on Friday 24th November and is fast approaching! To make a nomination visit https://www.lta.org.uk/news/british-tennis-awards/

 

November 13

Do you know a sports volunteer that deserves some recognition? Nominate them for our Volunteer of the Month award. Visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/VolunteeroftheMonth to complete our online nomination form - it only takes 5 minutes!

Volunteer of the Month JPEG

 

November 12

Aberdare Town FC Ladies and Girls are recruiting players for their Under 7's - and they are welcoming new players across all of the other teams! They have junior teams for 5-14 year olds and a senior team for ladies aged 16 and over. See full details below.

aberdare town girls and ladies

November 10

Congratulations to Mountain Ash Fly Fishers on achieving the Disability Sport Wales insport Ribbon accreditation.

 

November 9

In May last year EGH Judo moved to a new dojo in Pontypridd. We recently visited the dojo to witness adults and children as young as 3 showcasing their skills. EGH Judo welcome new members of all ages and abilities - take a look at the film on Facebook and contact them for further details.

 

November 8

Last night our Sport Wales Community Chest panel awarded £13,934 to 13 sports clubs from Rhondda Cynon Taf. Congratulations to all of the successful applicants!

 

November 6

Do you provide sports sessions for children under 7?
If so our FREE ‘Developing a Tots/Physical Literacy Session’ WORKSHOP is perfect for you! It will provide advice and practical examples of how to keep your sessions fun and inclusive!
Sunday 19th November
10am – 4pm
Sobell Leisure Centre
Visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/playyourpartcalendar to book a place

 

November 3

It is time to announce our October Volunteer of the Month... Congratulations René Medcraft! 
René is a volunteer coach with RCT Tigers an disability football club. He is first to training to set up the equipment and last to leave after putting everything away. He coaches all age groups at the club and he has recently started coaching with the South Wales Region development squad. His natural enthusiasm is infectious and all of the children and parents love him. As well as coaching René also has the important role of Father Christmas at the clubs Christmas Party.
Club representative Peter told us: "every club needs a René"!

 

November 1

Our '12 Days of Christmas' competition is back for its third year!!Starting December 1st twelve sports clubs from Rhondda Cynon Taf will be awarded with an early Christmas gift. Could your club benefit from some equipment or kit? Or maybe something else?Read all about our competition below.. and make sure that your sports club enters!!

 Sport RCT 12 Days of Christmas 2017 ENGLISH 

 

October 30

Our Half Term Sports Camps start today!! If you haven't yet booked on, it's not too late. Contact the leisure centres to check availability!

 

October 27

Today our four new Gold Young Ambassadors will represent Rhondda Cynon Taf at the Gold YA Conference in Sport Wales National Centre. We are pleased to have them on board and look forward to working with them in the years to come!

 

October 23

One week left until the start of our sports camps. It's your last chance to pre-book! Visit or call your local leisure centre to secure your places now!  #7daystogo

 

October 20

Congratulations to All Stars Gymnastics Club on achieving the Disability Sport Wales insport Bronze accreditation

 

October 17

Pontypridd Panthers is a Basketball Club based in Hawthorn. The club started back in 2011 following a 5x60 project with two local comprehensive schools. Watch our new film to find out more - www.facebook.com/RCTCBCsport

 

October 16

FREE WORKSHOP: Managing Your Athletes – a perfect course for sport club coaches looking for advice on athlete nutrition, psychology or injury prevention. 
Date: Wednesday 8th November
Time: 6-9pm
Venue: @USWSport Sports Park
Visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/playyourpartcalendar to book a place

 

October 14

Would you like to be a member of the #PlayYourPart 100 Club? When you sign up with us to be a Sport RCT Volunteer we will support you and provide you with a variety of opportunities. We will also track your hours and reward you with incentives when you reach 100 hours!! Read more at www.rctcbc.gov.uk/100club

 

October 9

We are recruiting Sport RCT Volunteers to support the sports camps taking place in October Half Term. The camps will be in Abercynon Sport Centre, Hawthorn Leisure Centre, Rhondda  Sport Centre and Sobell Leisure Centre. Interested? Sign up at www.rctcbc.gov.uk/BecomeaSportRCTVolunteer 

 

October 6

It is time to announce our September Volunteer of the Month... Congratulations Jordan Rosser! 
Despite having multiple disabilities and chronic illnesses Jordan is an inspirational volunteer and role model. He is a mentor for Swansea Inclusive Futures, a Gold Young Ambassador, a member of the Golf Development Wales Youth Panel, a member of the Disability Sport Wales National Youth Board and he is part of the National Leadership Academy. He volunteers at Disability Sport Wales insport events and many Golf Development Wales events. Being a Level 1 Golf coach he also volunteers at Hensol Golf Academy.  
Well done Jordan!!!

 

October 5

Today we are launching our October Half Term Sports Camps. Junior and Tots camps will run in Abercynon Sport Centre, Hawthorn Leisure Centre, Rhondda Sport Centre and Sobell Leisure Centre. See details below and visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/sportscamps for further info!

 

October 3

We are recruiting community based Silver and Gold Young Ambassadors – and we need your help!!
We are looking for proactive young people aged 14-17 years who are coaches and/or leaders at a community sports club!The Young Ambassador programme will give them the recognition they deserve as well as fantastic opportunities, support and training! 
Visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/youngambassadors to download an application form NOW! 
Deadline for applications is 5.00pm on October 11th.
Interviews will take place on October 19th.

 

September 28

We are recruiting Sport RCT Volunteers to support the sports camps taking place in October Half Term. The camps will be in Abercynon Sport Centre, Hawthorn Leisure Centre, Rhondda Sport Centre and Sobell Leisure Centre. Interested? Sign up at www.rctcbc.gov.uk/BecomeaSportRCTVolunteer

 

September 26

The Aviva Community Fund is back, offering support and funding to causes that make a real difference where you live. Put forward an idea that will benefit your community and it could get funding, ranging from up to £1,000 to up to £25,000. Visit https://www.aviva.co.uk/good-thinking/community-fund/ for further details. 

 

September 25

We are recruiting community based Silver and Gold Young Ambassadors – and we need your help!!
We are looking for proactive young people aged 14-17 years who are coaches and/or leaders at a community sports club!The Young Ambassador programme will give them the recognition they deserve as well as fantastic opportunities, support and training! Visit here to download an application form NOW! 
Deadline for applications is 5.00pm on October 11th. Interviews will take place on October 19th. 

 

September 23

The European Week of Sport starts today - if your sports club is in action this weekend comment below to tell us how you did! We would love to see photos too!! #EuropeanWeekOfSport

 

September 22

Exciting news.. We are getting ready to reveal the details of our October Half Term Sports Camps! The camps will follow on from the success of our summer sports camps. Look out for further details in the coming weeks...

 

September 18

Wales Sport Awards - nominations open!
Visit http://walessportawards.co.uk/2017-categories 

 

September 11

Is your sports club looking for support from our Community Sport team? Come to our Club Development Evening!! It is a drop-in session for clubs looking to develop governance, write club development plans, recruit and retain volunteers or become more visible in their community.  
September 27th
3pm – 8pm
Abercynon Sport Centre
Visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/playyourpartcalendar to book 

 

September 9

It is time to announce our August Volunteer of the Month... Congratulations Taylor Addicott! This summer Taylor signed up as one of our Sport RCT Volunteers and clocked up over 50 hours supporting our summer sports camps! She is keen to volunteer her time, despite having to juggle her own sporting commitments. Taylor not only trains several times a week with her weightlifting club but she also competes for Mountain Ash RFC Youth and Cardiff Blues Youth. Well done Taylor! 

 

September 8

Learn all about the three girls rugby hubs in Rhondda Cynon Taf; the Bridgers, the Miners and the Timbers. The cluster set up has meant that hundreds of young girls aged 6-15 years are taking part in girls-only rugby during the summer months. Visit www.facebook.com/RCTCBCsport to see our new film 

 

September 6

The Gold Coast 2018 Queen's Baton Relay arrives in Pontypridd today! Please go to www.rctcbc.gov.uk/queensbatonrelay for more info! #QBRCymru2017 

 

September 1

There are 5 days to go until the Gold Coast 2018 Queen's Baton Relay visits Pontypridd! Please go to www.rctcbc.gov.uk/queensbatonrelay for more info! #QBRCymru2017 

 

August 26

Thank you to all of the children that attended our Summer Sports Camps! Don't forget the camps will return in October Half Term - we will release further details in September!

 

August 17

Good Luck to Amy Evans and the rest of the Welsh team as they play Hong Kong today in their final Rugby World Cup group game! The game kicks off at 17:15 and you can watch it on the s4c website here: http://www.s4c.cymru/en/ #WRWC2017 

 

August 13

Good Luck to Amy Evans and the rest of the Welsh team as they play Canada today in their second Rugby World Cup game! The game kicks off at 17:00 and you can watch it on the s4c website here: http://www.s4c.cymru/en/ #WRWC2017 

 

August 11

It is time to announce our July Volunteer of the Month... 
Congratulations Tony Davies of Bridger’s girls cluster hub and Llantwit Fardre RFC. 
Over the last 18 months Tony has been the driving force behind the development of the Bridger’s girls hub, which boasts nearly 100 players. He has just wrapped up another successful summer season with them where he was instrumental in the hub delivering many successful festivals for the Blues region. WRU National Manager for Women’s Rugby said ‘ Tony and the team at Llantwit Fardre have really got behind the cluster concept and supported not only the Bridgers locally but also regionally and nationally and have delivered some exceptional festivals. We are very grateful for his drive and enthusiasm behind the women and girls game and look forward to seeing what happens this coming season.’’More recently Tony has supported the start of two new Llantwit Rhinos teams: U18 girls and Senior women’s to expand and support the pathway for the Bridger’s. We anticipate that these will enjoy similar success!!
Well done Tony!

 

August 9

Good Luck to Amy Evans and the rest of the Welsh team as they take on New Zealand today in their opening Rugby World Cup game! The game kicks off at 14:45 and you can watch it on the s4c website here: http://www.s4c.cymru/en/ #WRWC2017 

 

August 1

Our summer Sports Camps are taking place across three Leisure Centres. Visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/sportscamps for further details.

 

July 28

The Volunteer of the Month deadline is TODAY at 5.00pm. Email the team at: sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk to get your volunteer recognised!!

 

July 23

Today we are filming at the Timbers Girls Rugby festival in Aberdare. The film will showcase the three girls hubs that we have here in RCT. Keep your eyes peeled for it next month!

July 21

Naomi Reid is our third and final RCT athlete competing at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas. Naomi competes today in the 800m heats. If she qualifies for the final she will run tomorrow. !

 

July 20

The Commonwealth Youth Games Rugby Sevens competition continues today! Good Luck to Kayleigh Powell and the rest of the womens squad. The girls will be aiming to make finals that are being held tomorrow!

 

July 19

The Commonwealth Youth Games Rugby Sevens competition starts today! Good Luck to Kayleigh Powell and the rest of the womens squad who have their first group games. We will report on their progress tomorrow!

 

July 18

It may be the first day of the Games but our first Bahamas 2017 athlete is already very busy - Sam Ashton competes today in the Judo preliminaries, hoping to get a spot in tonight's finals! Due to the time difference we will not know the results until tomorrow. We will share them with you when we have them. GOOD LUCK SAM!!

 

July 15

The Commonwealth Youth Games start in three days. We are proud to announce that there are three young athletes representing Wales that are from Rhondda Cynon Taf. Sam Ashton of Aberdare is competing in Judo, Naomi Reid is running the 800m as part of the Athletics team and Kayleigh Powell from the Rhondda is a member of the Rugby Sevens squad. Look out for our posts next week which will keep you updated on their progress!

 

July 10

Is your Sports club looking to apply for a Sport Wales Community Chest grant? The next deadline for applications is August 15th and our Community Sport Team are running a drop-in support session to provide advice and support. August 3rd 5.00-8.00pm at Abercynon Sport Centre. Book your place by emailing the team on sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk 

 

July 3rd

It is time to announce our next Volunteer of the Month.. Congratulations Chloe Jordan! Chloe is an RCT Platinum Young Ambasasdor and an Hockey Wales Gold Young Ambassador. She is a member of the National Leadership Academy, the Hockey Wales Youth Panel, the European Hockey Federation Youth Panel AND the Disability Sport Wales National Youth Board. Through all of these roles Chloe works to increase participation in sport and encourage others to volunteer. Chloe also plays hockey for Wales U18's. Read more about Volunteer of the Month at Volunteer of the Month 

 

June 28th

It’s 10 weeks until the baton arrives in Pontypridd. This map shows the route it will take through Wales. Further information will be released in the next few months! Stay tuned.

 

June 26th

This week is National School Sport Week.. Primary and Secondary schools across the UK are encouraged to promote sport to their pupils and organise fun events. Pontypridd High School have a week of events planned and we are proud to say that our coaches are supporting them! If your school is doing something then we would love to hear from you. 

 

June 23rd

Lido Ponty is open, and remains open until September! Over 30,000 visitors swam at the Lido last summer and we are sure that even more will visit this year! Visit www.lidoponty.co.uk for more information!

 

June 18th

Our summer Sports Camps are taking place across three Leisure Centres. Below are the details for the camps taking place at Sobell Leisure Centre! Visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/sportscamps for further details.

Summer Camps Sobell Junior 1 Summer Camps Sobell Tots 1

 

June 15th

Our summer Sports Camps are taking place across three Leisure Centres. Below are the details for the camps taking place at Rhondda Sport Centre! Visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/sportscamps for further details.

Summer Camps Rhondda Junior 1 Summer Camps Rhondda Tots 1

 

June 12th 

Our summer Sports Camps are taking place across three Leisure Centres. Below are the details for the camps taking place at Abercynon Sport Centre! Visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/sportscamps for further details.

Summer Camps Abercynon Junior 1 Summer Camps Abercynon Tots 1

 

June 7th

#VolunteersWeek: Would you like to be a member of the #PlayYourPart 100 Club? When you sign up with us to be a Sport RCT Volunteer we will support you and provide you with a variety of opportunities. We will also track your hours and reward you with incentives when you reach 100 hours!! Read more at http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Resident/SportsandLeisure/SportRCT/PlayYourPart/BecomeaSportRCTVolunteer/100Club.aspx

 

June 4th

Has #VolunteersWeek inspired you to #PlayYourPart??If you are interested in volunteering but you aren’t sure how to get started - visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/BecomeaSportRCTVolunteer to sign up as a Sport RCT Volunteer 

 

June 1st

Do you use Ynysangaharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd? You may play sport there, swim at the Lido, walk the dog or take your child to the playground.. if you use the park for any activities Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC would like to hear from you. Visit the following link to complete a short survey: http://www.cwmtafhub.co.uk/KMS/dmart.aspx 

 

May 29th

There are 100 Days until the Gold Coast 2018 Queen's Baton Relay arrives in Pontypridd. Further information will be released in the next few months! Stay tuned.

 

May 24th

In January 2016 Mountain Ash Golf Club had one junior member aged 17. After working with us and Golf Development Wales they now have 36 children, with some as young as three years old. Visit www.facebook.com/RCTCBC to watch our latest film and find out more about their journey!

 

May 20th

Beat The Street has returned to Rhondda Cynon Taf! If you missed it last year Beat The Street is a FREE, real-life walking and cycling initiative aiming to get communities moving! Visit beatthestreet.me/rct for further details! 

 

May 15th

Nominations are open for the 2017 Welsh Community Football Awards! The awards aim to recognise and reward people across the country that make a difference to grassroots football within their local community.Visit the website to nominate your football club, volunteer or coach. http://welshfootballtrust.org.uk/Awards2017

 

May 10th

Is your Sports club looking to apply for a Sport Wales Community Chest grant? The next deadline for applications is June 13th and our Community Sport Team are running a drop-in support session to provide advice and support. May 23rd 5.00-8.00pm at Abercynon Sport Centre. Book your place by emailing the team on sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk

 Comm Chest drop in session

 

May 6th

Congratulations RCT Performance Swim Squad on your success achieving two medals in the British National Para Swimming Championships, held in Sheffield. The Club sent two members to compete in the National meet for swimmers with disabilities. Seren, aged 12 and Becky, aged 13, who both have cerebral palsy, represented RCT Performance Swim Squad in 4 and 5 events respectively. Seren achieved Personal Best times in 100m and 400m freestyle events, as well as 100m backstroke and 200m Individual Medley, narrowly missing the 400m freestyle GB final. Becky went on to the GB finals in the 100m butterfly and the 400m freestyle, winning Bronze medals in both events and only missing out on the silver by fractions of a second. Due to this success, Becky has been chosen to represent Wales in the World Para Swimming World Series to be held in Berlin in July this year. 

 

May 1st

Congratulations RCT Performance Swim Squad for your amazing achievements at the Swim Wales Long Course Championships held in Swansea over the Easter weekend. A team of 19 experienced swimmers qualified to enter the prestigious gala and compete against the best athletes from clubs across Wales.The meet was held over 4 days, during which hundreds of swimmers competed across all events. The Rhondda Cynon Taf Performance Swim Squad team achieved 18 places in the finals, and went on to win 2 gold ( Emma Sutton 50m backstroke and 100m Backstroke) and 2 silver medals (Carwyn Salmon 200m IM and Emma Sutton 50m Butterfly). As well as gaining valuable racing experience at a high level meet, the team also achieved 44 personal best times over the weekend. 

 

April 27th

Our Community Chest Panel met last night to review applications submitted by community sports clubs and organisations across RCT. Sport Wales are able to support sports clubs thanks to investment from Welsh Government and The National Lottery. This infographic shows the impact Community Chest made on sport in Rhondda Cynon Taf last financial year.

Sport RCT Comm Chest infographic ENG

 

April 22nd

Aberdare Tennis Club is running two FREE six week tennis courses for children aged 5-8. As part of the course the child will receive a free tennis racket after week 4. If you interested please sign up on the LTA website below.

The courses will start April 29th 1:00-2:00pm and 2:30-3:30pm - 10 spaces available on each course.  Visit www.lta.org.uk/tennisforkids to sign up

 

April 15th

The Welsh Council for Voluntary Action are asking for nominations for their Volunteer of the Year 2017 Awards! Do you have a volunteer that deserves some recognition? The deadline for nominations is April 21st. Visit www.wcva.org.uk/voty for more details!

 

April 10th

Tuesday April 11th 10.00am – 1.00pm

YEPS Extreme sports day at Sobell Leisure Centre
Free Running, Trampolining, Climbing Wall and Street Dance
For more information contact Rhys from the Youth Engagement and Participation Service - 07887450724

 

April 5th

Chris was nominated for his contribution to Aberdare Town Football Club and here's why.. As well as being club secretary he is also the driving force behind the development of the women and girls teams. Chris manages and coaches the senior ladies team, the Under 11's girls and the Under 9's girls. To develop these teams Chris supported our primary school Beatball project last year, he also supported a Game On Wales project and he currently delivers weekly girls' football sessions at Aberdare Community School. Chris is very passionate about the development of football opportunities for women and girls and he has a long term vision for the club including more female teams and more female coaches!

 

March 27th

Girls cluster rugby is back and the WRU are looking for positive and enthusiastic people to help make the first rugby experience of girls across Rhondda Cynon Taf a positive one. Cluster rugby runs between April and August offering girls age 6 to 15 the chance to try tag, touch, contact and 7s!  If you are interested in helping out please fill in this very short form: https://goo.gl/T0VS04

 

March 21st

Disability Sport Wales are recruiting for a new programme that will run in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Interested? Take a look at the job advert below and contact them for further information.

GOGA advert ENG

 

March 20th

Rhondda Swimming Club continues its rise with more competition successes, the likes of which it once could only dream.

It won the Glyn & Margaret Harris inter-club gala on 11 March with a convincing victory after fielding a very strong team of boys and girls. It is the second year in a row that the club has won this gala, named after Rhondda’s Club President Margaret Harris and her husband Glyn, still one of the coaching team. They have both been with the club for over 40 years after initially offering to help out with their own children. The opposition clubs comprised Merthyr Tydfil, Cwmbran, Brecon and Barry.

The weekend before, the club entered some 50 swimmers to the third round of the RCT Grand Prix competition. They swam in individual events with other local clubs. “It was an awesome day,” says Head Coach Craig Napper. A new club record of 3:53.41 was set by eight-year-old Levi Thomas in the age nine-and-under 200-metre backstroke, smashing Charlie Nash’s record from 2016 by a whopping 18 seconds. Rhondda swimmers took 22 first places, 24 seconds and 16 third places, enough to make everyone go home full of smiles.

And this weekend, the club entered 16 swimmers in the Tiger Bay Open Meet in Cardiff, in which swimmers won medals and gained new personal bests.

The club has a busy programme of events lined up for the rest of the season. In April, the club will be entering the long course Level 1 Cardiff International Open Meet. Level 1 meets are relatively tough and we have 20 swimmers with qualifying times, the most anyone can remember for such a high level meet.

Mr Napper says: “The club is definitely operating at a new, higher level. Our numbers are strong, commitment is firm and as the gala results show, we’re bringing home the bacon. I’m a very proud head coach.”

They are a welcoming and inclusive club with a friendly atmosphere. Contact membership@rhondda-swimming-club.org.uk to request a trial. Follow them on Twitter, YouTube or at www.rhondda-swimming-club.org.uk 

rhondda swimming 1
(Above: Glyn and Margaret Harris presenting the winning shield to Rhondda Swimming Club captains Morgan Withey and Keenan Napper, watched by Head Coach Craig Napper - Photograph by Mark Murphy)

 

March 12th

Rhondda Miners Girls Rugby taster sessions
Saturday March 25th
See below for details 

Miners girls rugby

Timbers Girls Rugby taster sessions
Tuesday March 28th
See below for details
Timbers tasters

 

March 8th

NEW Strength and Conditioning/Fitness Fundamentals Workshop

in partnership with USW Sport and WRU
It will provide coaches, volunteers and parents of athletes aged 19 and under with important information and ideas about the fundamentals of fitness training.
Wednesday 22nd March 2017
6pm – 8pm
USW Sport Park, Treforest, CF37 5UP
FREE for RCT sports clubs – 2 places per club
To book email sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk 

 

March 1st

Congratulations Leah Marshall – you are our Volunteer of the Month!

Leah was nominated for being the driving force behind the successful development of Rhydyfelin Netball Club. Starting approximately two years ago with a few ladies wanting to get back into netball and improve their fitness Leah has built the club up to over 50 members. The club now have four senior teams that all play competitively as well as a junior section who have their first friendly next week!

New members arrive every week, thanks in part to the fantastic family ethos the club have. As chairperson and junior coach Leah has recruited a enthusiastic committee who are just as committed as her, volunteering their time each week.   Here a player tells us why Leah deserves this recognition: “She is a huge inspiration to all. She has given the women and children of the community a great opportunity to engage in sport whether it be for socialising, fitness, sport or fun. I now have a extended family, a netball family of sisters!"

 

 

February 25th

Postcode Community Trust grant available

Kit & equipment for team sports projects focusing on mental health
Apply before March 1st
Visit http://www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk/community-sports 

 

February 20th

This week is Student Volunteering Week, highlighting participation, collaboration and celebration. We work with Coleg y Cymoedd and the University of South Wales to offer placements to students.

Lloyd Evans has been on placement with us and Llanharan RFC and he has written about his experiences. Read more here:

http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Resident/SportsandLeisure/SportRCT/EventsandNews/RoleModels/LloydEvansVolunteer.aspx

 

 

February 18th

No Six Nations action this weekend - so why not go along to watch your local team?! There are 28 rugby clubs throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf with numerous teams across Minis, Juniors, Youth, Ladies and Seniors - you may just see the next Welsh superstar in action!

 

February 12th

In April 2014 Game On Wales started a Walking Football Project in Pontypridd. Almost three years later and the sessions are as popular as ever with over 20 attending each week.

With some support from us and a Sport Wales Community Chest grant the group is now part of Treforest Football Club, playing in official kits sponsored by Drink Wise, Age Well Cwm Taf. This has been a fantastic project by Game On Wales and we are proud to have played a part in it. The group meet every Wednesday at 10.00am at Hawthorn Leisure Centre.  We also have two walking football projects running at Abercynon and Rhondda Fach Sport Centre – contact us for details!

To watch our latest case study film visit our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/RCTCBCsport

 

February 9th

Tuesdays @ Ton & Gelli Community Centre

5.30pm - 6.30pm
£1 per session

Beatball Treorchy ENG

 

Tuesdays @ Ely Valley Community Sports Park
U11girls only session: 4pm
U14’s girls only session: 5pm
£1 per session

Beatball Ely Valley ENG

 

February 5th

Sport and Spin 

Abercynon Sport Centre
Tuesday 4-5pm
Starting 7th February (5 week pilot)

To register interest contact: Phil Clarke 07881 268167 / phillip.clarke@rctcbc.gov.uk

Sport  Spin Flyer ENG

 

January 30th

The Volunteer of the Month for January has been chosen and we would like to congratulate All Stars Gymnastics club volunteer Maria Akers.

Maria works full time and still volunteers every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning. She runs reception, helps members, completes various admin tasks and helps in the cafe. Recently Maria has also taken on the role of Club Welfare Officer, a vital role within any sports club.

She is a valuable asset to the club and another well deserving Volunteer of the Month! Well Done Maria!

 

January 26th

Sport Wales want club stories for their Club Solutions website. Clubs can make a film on a phone or tablet, record an audio blog or write a story.

If the story is used on the website the club will receive £100! Visit http://www.clubsolutions.wales/how-do-you-do-it/ for full details.

 

Wales host Silver Ferns for test series

January 20th: Tickets on sale now

On the 7th and 8th February Welsh Netball will host New Zealand’s national netball team the Silver Ferns for a test series in Cardiff. The Silver Ferns are second in the world and Wales have played them just fourteen times over the last sixty years.
It promises to be a memorable visit, so get your tickets now!
http://welshnetball.tumblr.com/post/155986745716/wales-v-silver-ferns-tickets-faq?is_related_post=1

 

Connor's debut with WKGB national squad

January 16th: Tri Nations Karate competition

Connor Evans aged 14 from Ferndale competed for Wales on Saturday in a Tri Nations Karate competition. Connor is a part of the Welsh Shotokan Karate Organisation and trains out of the Ferndale club.

Saturday was his debut with the WKGB national squad and he was superb! He fought against an excellent Scottish fighter in his 1st bout and won 5-1! He then fought a highly experienced Irish fighter and unfortunately lost 2-1.

His aim now is to cement his place in the WKGB National squad and get selected for the Junior World Championships at the end of the year.

 

Cycle After Dark

January 11th: Safe sessions within Aberdare Park

After Dark Cycling Sessions in Aberdare Park
Monday and Wednesday 6.00-7.00pm
Enter via the Top Gates (CF44 8HN)
All abilities welcome – 16+ years
Riders must wear a helmet and have a very good front light
Contact Lee for more info: 07471140713 

 

New promotional film

January 8th: Rhondda Ladies Hockey Club

Visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RCTCBCSport) to see our latest film showcasing Rhondda Ladies Hockey Club.

With over 80 members ranging from age 6 to age 60 the club is full of mothers, daughters, aunties and cousins who love playing alongside each other. You don’t have to be related to benefit from the family atmosphere however – the club have worked hard to develop a really strong #HockeyFamily with a ‘one club’ ethos. If you want to get involved visit their website http://www.rhonddaladieshockey.co.uk/ or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Help for clubs looking to recruit and support volunteers

January 6th: Play Your Part Calendar continues

Next Sport RCT Play Your Part workshop:
People in your Club
18 January 6.00-9.00pm
University of South Wales Sports Park
BOOK A PLACE NOW – www.rctcbc.gov.uk/playyourpartcalendar!

 

Volunteer of the Month competition

January 3rd: The December winner is announced

The Volunteer of the Month for December has been chosen and this month the award is shared between two people: Huw Griffiths and Stuart Whippey of Mountain Ash Golf Club!

Huw and Stuart have been an essential partnership overseeing the development of Mountain Ash Golf Club’s new junior section. In the past year they have achieved over and above what anyone could have imagined.  Working closely with Sport RCT and Golf Development Wales plans were put in place to recruit new volunteers and junior members. Initially they supported the delivery of a primary schools festival where over 100 children attended. Following this festival Stuart and Huw began to deliver tots and junior sessions at the club on a weekly basis.  After just under a year the junior section has grown from 1 to 64 members aged 3 – 14 years. 

Stuart and Huw have worked hard raising money, achieving grants, developing volunteers and creating a family environment. The club recently gained Golf Development Wales Junior Club Accreditation which is a huge achievement.  The club has gone from strength to strength in the last year and with Stuart and Huw at the helm it will no doubt continue.

 

A new year, and a new competition

January 1st: Social Media competition 

In December we gave 12 sports clubs early Christmas presents as part of the Sport RCT Twelve Days of Christmas.. On the first day of 2017 we have one further present to give away.. A £50 voucher for an RCT sports club, which can be spent on coach education, equipment, kit or facility hire!! To enter you must Like our Facebook page, Share the appropriate post and Comment with the name of your Club!! Enter before 9.00am on January 6th to be included in our prize draw which will take place at midday! Pob Lwc!

 

2016 draws to a close

December 31st: Happy New Year to all residents

Happy New Year from Sport RCT! Here's to a 2017 full of sport and physical activity!!

Good Luck to everyone running the Nos Galan in Mountain Ash tonight. I wonder who the Mystery Runner will be?!

 

New Walking Football project

December 28th: Over 50's in Abercynon get active

New Over 50's Walking Football
Abercynon Sport Centre
10.30am – 11.30am Tuesdays (starting January 10th)
First session FREE!

 

Merry Christmas

December 25th: Time for Santa to arrive

Merry Christmas from Sport RCT! We hope that Santa has delivered lots of sporty presents to the homes of Rhondda Cynon Taf!

 

New Tonteg Walking Group

December 23rd: Tonteg residents get their walking boots on

New Tonteg Walking Group
Meeting on fortnightly on Thursday mornings
Starting at 9.30am from Tonteg Community Centre
Contact Lyndon Walker on 07747 392428 for details and to confirm the date of the next walk

 

Twelve Days of Christmas

December 19th: Overwhelming response from sports clubs

A BIG thank you to all of the clubs that entered our 2016 Twelve Days of Christmas competition!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year: Aberdare Tang Soo Do, Angela Green Fitness, Beddau RFC, Breezes Weightlifting, Bridgers Girls Rugby, Carnetown FC, Cilfynydd RFC Ladies, Crossfit Initiate, Cwmbach Royal Stars, Cymer Netball, Dare Valley Pony Club, Dare Valley Vixens Roller Derby, Ferndale Netball, Gilfach Goch RFC, Gym Fusion, Hopkinstown Mini FC, Llanharan RFC, Llwydcoed AFC, Mountain Ash Karate, Paragon Kickboxing, Penrhiwceiber Con FC, Pontyclun Petanque, Pontyclun FC U13’s, Pontypridd Panthers, Pontypridd School of Kyokushin Karate, Pontypridd Town AFC, RCT Performance Swim Squad, Rebounders Trampolining, Rhondda Ladies Hockey, Rhydyfelin Netball, Silver Cloud Archers, Taff Ely Triathlon, Taffs Well RFC, Tip Tops Dance, Tonypandy Netball, Top Tots Netball and Treforest FC.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Twelve Days of Christmas

December 16th: On the twelfth day of Christmas Sport RCT gave to me..

The twelfth and final ‘12 Days of Christmas’ prize draw has taken place and the winning club is..... EGH Judo!! On the weekend of November 18th seven members of EGH Judokan travelled to Brecon to compete in the Welsh Judo Championships. Despite some tough opposition from players from all over Wales, all seven members came away with medals, with 4 taking gold medals and becoming Welsh Champions. This was the last major tournament of the year for the club and all the players have been working hard in the build-up to this event in the hope of being crowned Welsh champion. Many of the players had previously travelled to major competitions throughout the country including Birmingham, Sheffield, Kent, Southend taking medals at every competition.   EGH Judokan train every Monday & Thursday evenings at the dojo in Rickards Street Pontypridd.   You can follow EGH Judo on Twitter: @EGHJudo and you can also visit their website: http://www.eghjudo.com/

EGH Judo will receive an early Christmas present from our Community Sport Team! Next week we will tell you about some of the other clubs that entered our competition.

 

Twelve Days of Christmas

December 15th: On the eleventh day of Christmas Sport RCT gave to me..

The eleventh ‘12 Days of Christmas’ prize draw has taken place and the winning club is..... Briars Bridleways!! Briars Bridleways are an equestrian group based in the Cynon Valley that have increased their members this year up to 85! They cater for all levels of rider and newcomers are always welcome.

They organize a number of equestrian activities throughout the year to keep current members interested and to recruit new members. Each month they organise a fun ride within the local area. This year they have raised nearly £400 for Cancer Research Wales and the British Horse Society.

They also organize an annual fun horse show, held at the Ty Newydd Penderyn. This allows adults and children who wouldn’t normally compete to do so in a relaxed and friendly environment. This year’s show was bigger and better than ever before, and they raised over £1000 which was re-invested in to the club.

On a monthly basis they also hold a training clinic allowing members and their horses and ponies to improve. All abilities are catered for from young horses to more experienced horses and riders. There has been great feedback from all who have attended. These training events benefit the club as the riders are better prepared to compete.

You can follow Briars on Twitter: @BriarsBridlewa1 and you can also visit their website: https://briarsbridleways.wordpress.com/

 

Twelve Days of Christmas

December 14th: On the tenth day of Christmas Sport RCT gave to me..

The ‘12 Days of Christmas’ prize draw has taken place and the winning club is..... Wattstown RFC Girls Under 18’s!! This season Team Pink has had over 20 girls playing and training on a weekly basis, and the team is currently sitting top of the East Wales Girls Youth League. 11 of their players have recently been selected to represent their county as part of the Cardiff Blues regional squad – which is a deserved reward for their hard work and commitment. The most important thing for the coaches is that all girls enjoy their rugby and that new players are always welcome.

To keep up to date follow them on Twitter: @TeamPinkWRFC & @WATTSTOWNRFC Wattstown RFC Girls Under 18’s will receive an early Christmas present from our Community Sport Team! The next prize draw takes place tomorrow morning.

 

Twelve Days of Christmas

December 13th: On the ninth day of Christmas Sport RCT gave to me..

The ninth ‘12 Days of Christmas’ prize draw has taken place and the winning club is..... Miskin Manor Cricket Club!! The Miskin Manor Cricket ground at Glyn Park is considered to be one of the most picturesque ground in South Wales. The club provides cricket opportunities for 180 cricketers with the following teams playing every week during the cricket season: Four senior teams, one Under 19 team, one Under 15 team, two Under 13 teams, two Under 11 teams and three Under 9 teams. They also have approximately thirty Under 7 cricketers who practice every week.

A total of 25 players from Miskin Cricket Club play at County level and this year two players represented Wales in the Under 11 age group.

For more information visit their website: https://miskinmanorcc.wordpress.com/ or follow them on Twitter: @MiskinManorCC

 

Twelve Days of Christmas

December 12th: On the eighth day of Christmas Sport RCT gave to me..

The eighth ‘12 Days of Christmas’ prize draw has taken place and the winning club is..... Aberdare Town FC Girls!!

For a number of years there has been demand in the Cynon Valley for girls’ football but there have been limited opportunities. Earlier this year two girls football projects started in Aberdare – an FAW Trust funded Beatball project for 8-11 year olds was organised by Sport RCT and an 11-16 year old session was developed by Game On Wales.
Both organisations were looking for a local club to lead these projects long term and along came Aberdare Town FC. The club started two training sessions; one for 8-11 year olds and one for 11-16 year olds. Sport RCT supported the club with funding to purchase equipment and playing kit, helping them to become self sustainable. We also helped them to make strong links with Aberdare Community School, St John Baptist Church in Wales High School and Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun in order to recruit girls from the 11+ age group.

Months on the club now have a new junior girls section with registered players aged from 5 through to 12. The girls train and play on a weekly basis, with two teams competing in the South Wales Women’s and Girl’s League. Their numbers have grown from a handful at the start to around 25, with players joining virtually every week.
Long term the club hope to add to the 2 junior girls teams, creating a full pathway up to senior age, which will compliment the club’s Women’s team. There is already a strong link between the adults and the juniors as several ladies from the senior team help to coach the junior teams, something which the club are keen to develop.

For anyone interested in joining – the U9 and U11 teams train at Abercwmboi RFC 3G on Thursdays at 5.00pm & the Ladies team trains on Thursdays at 6.00pm in Merthyr (contact Chris for training venue – 07870 899015).
You can read more about the club on http://www.aberdaretownfc.co.uk/ 

 

Rhondda Swimming Club continues its meteoric rise

December 9th: Huge successes at recent swim meets

At this year's SE Wales Sub-Regional championships, held in Newport on the last weekend of November, Rhondda Swimming Clubentered 27 swimmers, the highest number for many years. Head Coach Craig Napper said the swimmers racked up so many medals and personal best times, he lost count. Two new club records were set at the meet by Jac Wood-Jones in the 200m butterfly (2.54) and by Brandon Rees in the 50m freestyle (27.09).

Another amazing highlight was the club's strong performance in the relay events, where we entered 14 teams and won 10 medals (seven gold, one silver and two bronze). That Rhondda beat big clubs such as Cardiff did us all proud and stands us in good stead for our continued rise, Mr Napper said.

He added: "It's nice to get PBs, we had loads. It's nice to get medals, we had lots – too many to count. It's nice to get club records, we had two from Brandon and Jac. But the team spirit and the performance, the attitude of all the swimmers, especially in the relays, showed that Rhondda Swimming Club is definitely the club on the rise."

Separately, the club was represented by three senior swimmers at the level two Welsh Short Course Championships on 2 December at Wales National Pool, Swansea. The meet is aimed at aimed at the top ranking swimmers in Wales. Brandon Rees, Jac-Wood-Jones and Thomas Williams all put on "awesome performances", said Mr Napper.

He expects the club's growth to continue and to send an increasing number of swimmers to next spring's Regional Championships and 6-8 swimmers to next summer's Welsh National Championships.

At last weekend's friendly inter-club gala in Pontypool, the club finished second out of six clubs, with a fine all-round performance once again, and yet another club record tumbling.

The club's competitive swimmers have a busy programme of meets coming up. They train throughout the week and enjoy high fitness levels and great camaraderie many youngsters dream of. It offers qualified and methodical instruction to young swimmers, with total emphasis on technique and development of swimming skills (and having fun!).

To enquire about joining, contact our membership secretaries: membership@rhondda-swimming-club.org.uk or visit www.rhondda-swimming-club.org.uk

 

Twelve Days of Christmas

December 9th: On the seventh day of Christmas Sport RCT gave to me..

The seventh ‘12 Days of Christmas’ prize draw has taken place and the winning club is..... RCT Weightlifting!! RCT Weightlifting is an Olympic Weightlifting club based in the Rhondda, offering sessions for people of all ages and abilities. This year the club has spent a lot of time establishing connections with local schools. They started a mini session for chidren at Rhondda Sport Centre in Ystrad which has become very successful. They also run a lunchtime session at Porth Country every Thursday, where they offer Year 10 girls various weightlifting sessions.

The club has also entered an adults weightlifting league where they compete against various clubs in South Wales. This gives beginners the chance to get a feel for what a real weightlifting competition is like.

You can find out more information here: http://www.crossfitinitiate.co.uk/ or you can find them on Facebook by searching for RCT Weightlifting.

 

Twelve Days of Christmas

December 8th: On the sixth day of Christmas Sport RCT gave to me..

The sixth ‘12 Days of Christmas’ prize draw has taken place and the winning club is..... Pontyclun Blues Under 12’s!! Moving in to the 2016/2017 season Pontyclun Blues U12’s had over 30 boys training. Although fantastic this caused a dilemma for the coaches, as only twenty players can be registered per team. To ensure that all of the players could play competitively the coaches decided to enter two teams in to the league, for the first time in the club’s 120 year history.

At the first training session of the new season there was an amazing turn out and the development of the boys’ technical ability since then has been fantastic. Coming up against more established sides in their first few games they had some tough defeats but showing great commitment they became stronger and stronger in every game. There is no doubt that the players will continue to improve as the season progresses, thanks to their outstanding attitude, commitment and togetherness.

 

Twelve Days of Christmas

December 7th: On the fifth day of Christmas Sport RCT gave to me..

The fifth ‘12 Days of Christmas’ prize draw has taken place and the winning club is..... Mountain Ash Golf Juniors!!

On January 1st of this year Mountain Ash Golf Club had only one junior member registered. They now have 64 children aged between 3 and 14 years, and their progression has been phenomenal.

The development of the junior section started at the end of January with the appointment of a new junior organiser and several other dedicated volunteers. These club volunteers were trained and a tots club for 5-7 year olds was started in February.
Later in February an indoor Golf Festival for primary schools was held at Abercynon Sports Centre, organised by Sport RCT. Four schools attended with a total of 116 pupils involved. Following the festival the club started indoor Tri Golf sessions for 7-11 year olds.

Junior Coaching sessions are now held at the club every Saturday and approximately 30 children attend on a weekly basis. One girl age 10 (Niamh) has played in the Ladies Winter League this year and one boy aged 7 (Sean) reached the finals of Golf Union Wales' under 8's Welsh Summer Tour competition @ Cotterel Park.
In September the club held their first Junior Presentation evening, which was well attended and supported by the club, members and their families.

In October a golf themed Halloween part was held at the club. Approximately 30 juniors enjoyed a free evening of Halloween themed golf games with food provided by parents.
As well as an increase in junior members the club has seen three new adult members as a direct result of the junior initiative.

The club website is: www.mountainashgc.co.uk and you can follow them on Twitter at: @JuniorsMAGC

 

Twelve Days of Christmas

December 6th: On the fourth day of Christmas Sport RCT gave to me..

The fourth ‘12 Days of Christmas’ prize draw has taken place and the winning club is..... Treherbert Bowls Club!!

Treherbert Bowls Club was founded in 1918. For many decades the Club successfully fielded both men and ladies teams, however in recent years, as with most bowling clubs membership declined and its future was in doubt. Thankfully the hard work of club volunteers, namely their Secretary and Tresurer Clive Sheridan, has turned the club around. Improvements have been made, new equipment has been purchased and a new junior section has been added with members aged 7 to 18 years. The club is now very busy every evening with male and female bowlers of all ages.

This season Treherbert Bowls Club completed a project with Havod Tenancy Support Group. As part of this project they provided sessions at the club for individuals with learning difficulties. Sadly the group were turned down at other clubs. All participants really enjoyed the bowls sessions and refreshments were provided in the clubhouse afterwards with lots of chatter and laughter. The club felt privileged to welcome these visitors and they are looking forward to next season when they hope they will visit again.

Visit the club website for latest news and further information www.treherbertbowlsclub.co.uk.

Treherbert Bowls Club will receive an early Christmas present from our Community Sport Team! The next prize draw takes place tomorrow morning.

 

Twelve Days of Christmas

December 5th: On the third day of Christmas Sport RCT gave to me..

The third ‘12 Days of Christmas’ prize draw has taken place and the winning club is..... All Stars Gymnastics!!

All Stars Gymnastics are a new club that started in April of this year. Over the last seven months they have grown rapidly and they are currently running 6 classes per week at the Taffs Well Village Hall. They have over 100 children aged 3 years and over attending their recreational sessions and 18 of the children entered their very first competition in October.

The club also have a competitive squad for whom they hire an additional facility for 5 hours a week. Five of these gymnasts successfully qualified for the Welsh Novice and Intermediate finals this year.

The club website is: www.allstarsgymnastics.co.uk and you can follow them on Twitter at: @allstarsgym1

All Stars Gymnastics will receive an early Christmas present from our Community Sport Team! The next prize draw takes place tomorrow morning.

 

Twelve Days of Christmas

December 2nd: On the second day of Christmas Sport RCT gave to me..

Does The second ‘12 Days of Christmas’ prize draw has taken place and the winning club is..... Abercynon RFC!!

In May this year a Meningitis charity rugby game was held at Abercynon RFC in memory of Keelan Christopher King, someone who is close to the hearts of all at the club. The match was arranged between Abercynon Veterans and Aberdare Veterans.
A great day was had by the vast amount of people from the community who attended and close on £4,000 was raised for a great cause. Various events and fundraising activities happened throughout the day; with the Vets teams playing in a hard fought game and the minis providing half time tag rugby. This was followed by a BBQ, band and an auction at the clubhouse where some excellent auction prizes were donated. The biggest prizes were a pair of Gareth Bale’s boots and a pair of Gareth Anscombe’s boots where generous bidders donated their hard earned cash for a great charity.
To read the whole report please visit: http://abercynon.rfc.wales/news/1eaa48eb-8f95-490d-8799-4f75d1298d1b/4000-raised-for-meningitis-in-memory-of-keelan-christopher-king

The club website is: www.abercynon.rfc.wales and you can follow them on Twitter at: @AbercynonRFC

Abercynon RFC will receive an early Christmas present from our Community Sport Team! The next prize draw takes place at midday on Monday.

 

Twelve Days of Christmas

December 1st: On the first day of Christmas Sport RCT gave to me..

The first ‘12 Days of Christmas’ prize draw has taken place and the winning club is..... Treorchy Netball Club!!

Treorchy Netball Club is a brand new club that has been set up at Treorchy Comprehensive School. There are two teams: Under 11’s team and Under 13’s, and they both train on Thursdays! Since starting in September an average of 48 girls have attended across the two age groups!

Hiedi, the Head Coach said: “Netball is becoming more and more popular here in the Rhondda. I love being a part of the club and getting to know such great young girls! I am so encouraged that within such a small space of time we have so many girls attending. We really do feel we are making a difference to the young girl’s lives!”
Treorchy Netball Club will now have an early Christmas present, presented by our Community Sport Team!

 

Volunteer of the Month

November 30th: Kate rises above the rest

The Volunteer of the Month for November is... Kate Barrett from Rhondda Ladies Hockey Club!

Kate is only 14 years old and she has already achieved so much within her club, Rhondda Ladies! She has been involved since the age of 6 when she joined her mum, auntie and cousin who were already playing. Since the day she joined Kate has been an asset to the club.

This year Kate joined the club’s fundraising group and she has recently trained as a Silver Hockey Young Ambassador.

As part of her fundraising role, Kate played a huge role in organising and advertising a Halloween Disco. On the night she took the lead on entertaining the children, and the evening was a huge success. In addition to this, the club recently held their Annual Shopping Trip and Kate took the lead with fundraising on the trip selling all the raffle tickets and bingo tickets, helping to raise over £150.

As part of her Young Ambassador role Kate has been so enthusiastic about growing the club and raising awareness of the club through social media. She leads on all Rhondda Ladies social media and website development and regularly creates blogs around the clubs progress. Over the next few months Kate will be leading on a disability project, promoting the clubs’ inclusive opportunities to people within the community.

Here is a quote from the Rhondda Ladies Hockey Club: “Kate generally has massive motivation to grow Rhondda Ladies and expand our hockey family and we are lucky to have her as part of our club.”

Congratulations Kate!!!
If you would like to read more about Rhondda Ladies visit http://www.rhonddaladieshockey.co.uk/!
You can also follow Kate’s social media posts by searching for ‘Rhondda Ladies Hockey Club’ on Facebook or by following them on Twitter @RhonddaLadies!

 

Play Your Part Calendar

November 18th: Disability Inclusion workshop

Does your club welcome members with disabilities? If so do you have any coaches that would benefit from a Disability Inclusion course? Please find below details of a workshop available through Sport RCT.

DISABILITY INCLUSION TRAINING aims to cover:
• The influence of perceptions and experiences
• Techniques for good inclusive practice
• Coaching implications
• Potential challenges to participation and identify possible solutions
• Understand key aspects of legislation
• Pathways within disability sport
• Classification in disability sport
• Sources of additional information and guidance relevant to disability sport

Date: Sunday 11th December 2016
Time: 9:30-16:30
Venue: Ton & Gelli Community Centre, Dinam Park, Pentre CF41 7AT
Price: £50

To book your place, please visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/playyourpart to download a booking form. This booking form can be emailed to sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk or sent via post to Sport RCT, Abercynon Sport Centre, Parc Abercynon, Abercynon, CF45 4UY.

 

Play Your Part Calendar

November 14th: Physical Literacy workshop

Is your sports club running or developing a sport session for tots or Under 7's?
Our Physical Literacy workshop is designed to raise awareness and provide ideas to those people delivering 'tots' sessions in the community. Our Junior Sport Manager will be tutoring the workshop and will provide support to those looking to start sessions as well as those already delivering to under 7s at their community club or group.

What is Physical Literacy? - children need to develop their basic skills during ages 3-7, the key is to develop a range of travelling movements, body management skills and the ability to control objects such as beanbags, bats and balls.

Tuesday 6th December 2016
6pm – 9pm
Tonteg Community Centre
FREE

To book your place, please visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/playyourpart to download a booking form. This booking form can be emailed to sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk or sent via post to Sport RCT, Abercynon Sport Centre, Parc Abercynon, Abercynon, CF45 4UY.

 

Play Your Part Calendar

November 8th: Coach workshop

Our next 'Play Your Part' workshop is called Managing Your Athletes – and it is a perfect course for sport club coaches. It takes place in three weeks so book your place now!!

Managing Your Athletes
Date: Wednesday 30th November
Time: 6-9pm
Venue: Pontypridd RFC
Price: FREE
Max of 2 places per club!

The workshop will offer advice to coaches, parents and athletes around injuries, psychology and nutrition.

To book your place, please visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/playyourpart to download a booking form. This booking form can be emailed to sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk or sent via post to Sport RCT, Abercynon Sport Centre, Parc Abercynon, Abercynon, CF45 4UY

 

Pentref Bowmen hit the target

November 6th: Sport Wales Community Chest success

In August of this year Pentref Bowmen were awarded £1500 by the Sport RCT Community Chest panel. The grant has helped the club to start six new sessions, attracting 24 new participants. The funding has been used by the club to purchase equipment and upskill coaches. Below is a photo of the club recieving their money, and  “Pentref Bowmen is very grateful for the grant from the Community Chest, it will help us achieve our aims and will allow us to take our sport into the community.  Thanks again to Sport Wales and Rhondda Cynon Taf for their help”

pentref bowmen

 

Calling any budding sports coaches

November 4th: Sport RCT are recruiting

Do you have a Level 2 Coaching Qualification??
Do you drive and have access to a car??
Are you available on weeknights between 3.00pm and 8.00pm??                  
We are looking to recruit new coaches to be part of our paid coaching workforce.
Take a look at the job advert below and contact us if you have any further questions - sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk!

Coaching Team advert

 

New Mini section of Hopkinstown FC hailed a success

November 1st: October Volunteer of the Month

The Volunteer of the Month for October is....... Grant Blacker of Hopkinstown FC!

Earlier this year Grant Blacker decided to launch a new Mini football section at Hopkinstown FC. He had been approached by local parents as there were no local sports clubs providing opportunities for children. Grant played for the senior team at Hopkinstown FC and had previously coached junior football at another club.
Grant has worked hard recruiting volunteers and players and now there are 3 new teams (U6, U7, U8) plus one development session (4-5 years) with 63 children taking part each week.

To support start up costs Grant applied to Sport Wales for a Community Chest grant. The club were successfully awarded £1499 which helped them to purchase equipment and upskill 8 volunteers with coaching courses and first aid.
Grant has headed up the development of the new teams, ensuring that all coaches are qualified and DBS checked, appointing first aiders and a safeguarding officer, administrating the players, liaising with the league, planning training and sourcing kit and equipment. He has also organised regular fundraising events.

Here is what Grant had to say about what he has achieved: "This was set up with the sole purpose of getting children playing football, numbers have been greater than anticipated which brings its own challenges. Hopefully we are doing a good job!!" Here is a photo of their Under 8's team!

 

Early Christmas gifts for RCT sports clubs

October 31st: 12 Days of Christmas competition

Our '12 Days of Christmas' competition is returning for its second year!!
Starting December 1st twelve sports clubs from Rhondda Cynon Taf will be awarded with an early Christmas gift.
Could your club benefit from some equipment or kit? Or maybe something else?
Read all about our competition below.. and make sure that your sports club enters!!

Sport RCT 12 Days of Christmas web

 

Clubs, volunteers and athletes recognised

October 30th: Welsh Cycling Awards

The Welsh Cycling Awards were held on Saturday evening and eight awards were given to clubs, volunteers, coaches and athletes.

There were three finalists from Rhondda Cynon Taf, including two clubs and one Future Champion.
*Pontyclun Flyers were a runner up in the Club of the Year category
*Rhys Britton was a runner up in the Colin Thornton Memorial Award for Welsh Junior Performance
*The Bicycle Doctor Club were a runner up in the Go-Ride Club of the Year category

Congratulations to all finalists - we hope that you enjoyed your evening!!

 

Sport Wales call sports club volunteers to completely survey

October 27th: Potential to win £100 for your club

Calling all club volunteers If you are a club volunteer in an administration role - such as a chair, secretary, welfare officer or treasurer - Sport Wales need your help!!

They have developed a survey, aimed at volunteers and clubs, to find out more about the learning opportunities that would benefit your club. There is a potential £100 prize to be won for your club for completing the survey.
Visit https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=147496960255

 

Next Play Your Part Workshop

October 22nd: Help around Funding and Finances

Our next 'Play Your Part' workshop is called Club Funding and Finances – and it is a perfect course for committee members of sport clubs. It takes place two weeks from today so book your place now!!
Club Funding and Finances
Date: Wednesday 9th November
Time: 6-9pm
Venue: Pontypridd RFC
Price: FREE
Max of 2 places per club!
The workshop will support clubs with financial planning, monitoring and controlling your budget as well as offer advice around accessing and applying for funding.
To book your place, please visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/playyourpart to download a booking form. This booking form can be emailed to sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk or sent via post to Sport RCT, Abercynon Sport Centre, Parc Abercynon, Abercynon, CF45 4UY.

 

St Davids Awards 2017

October 19th: Opportunity to recognise volunteer sports coaches

Do you know somebody exceptional?

The St David Awards, which will close its nominations at midnight on Monday 21st October, annually recognise and celebrate the exceptional achievements of people in Wales. They acknowledge people who are making a real difference for this country – either at home or abroad – and are the highest accolades that Welsh Government awards the citizens of Wales.  There are eight categories in total including Citizenship and Sport, and nominations are particularly welcome for those who work at grassroots level such as coaches, mentors and volunteers etc. For further information or to see the full list of categories and to nominate go to: http://stdavidawards.org.uk/?lang=en

 

SANTA RUN 2016

October 15th: Dare Valley Country Park turns red and white

Have you registered for this year's Santa Run?
Dragons Running Club are hosting the festive event at Dare Valley Country Park on Saturday December 10th! There are two options: a 2km family run at 11.30am and a 5km run at 12.00pm!
To enter visit https://www.entrycentral.com/DragonsSantaRunAberdare
Entries close on Saturday 3rd December

 

NEW Porth Womens Running Group

October 12th: Social beginners group

RUN WITH US PORTH running group starts on November 10th.
Sessions will begin from Wattstown Rugby Club, taking place each Thursday 6.30pm-7.30pm.
It is a social walk to run group for those 18 years and over.
£1 cost per session.
For further information call Claire or Paige on 01443 497176

 

Sports First Aid Course

October 10th: Play Your Part Workforce Training Calendar

Our next 'Play Your Part' course is Sports First Aid - a perfect course for volunteers and coaches of sport clubs across Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Date: Thursday 20th October
Time: 6-9pm
Venue: Abercwmboi Rugby Club, CF44 6AX
Price: £25 per person
Max places: 20

To book your place, please email sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk with the name(s) and payment arrangements. Cash can be collected at your nearest sport centre and all cheques must be made out to RCTCBC.

 

Lowri and Bethan chosen to represent Wales

October 7th: Wales U21 Netball Europe

Congratulations to RCT girls Lowri Jenkins and Bethan Moore who have been chosen to represent Wales U21's at Netball Europe this weekend.

The Wales U21 team compete at Netball Europe from 7th and 9th October at Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff.

This year U21 Netball Europe is a qualifying tournament for the World Youth Cup in 2017 in Botswana. The team will play U21 England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Fixtures are:
Wales v Scotland: Friday 7th @ 6.00pm
Wales v N.Ireland: Saturday 8th @ 4.00pm
Wales v England: Sunday 9th @ 12.00pm

Good Luck to the team and to Lowri and Bethan!!

 

Nina is the cream of the crop

October 4th: Volunteer of the Month for September chosen

RCT Sparks Netball was founded in April 2014 as a turn up and play junior netball session. To start with the founding members had no experience of running a junior club but following the support of Sport RCT and Welsh Netball all members completed the necessary coaching and umpire courses. Sport RCT also helped the club to link with local primary schools and assisted with marketing. The club found a great venue at Gilfach Goch Community Centre and sessions took off with a flying start. Within a year of starting the club have moved from two sessions a week to three sessions a week with their biggest increase in the 12-16 age group. The club received a Sport Wales Community Chest grant to help them start the third session and it has gone from strength to strength. They now have the following sessions, with around 20 girls attending each.

Every Wednesday evening there are three sessions –
Years 3/4/5 6-7pm
Years 6/7 7-8pm
Years 8+ 8-9pm

Two and a half years in they have so many girls attending that they are having to consider using a waiting list – something they never thought they would have to do! The club pride themselves on making the sessions fun and varied whilst ensuring that the girls learn key skills and the rules of netball.

Nina Manuel, along with the support of Kirsty Manuel, Louise Powell and Rachel Collins has been instrumental to this success. For this reason Nina has been chosen as the September Volunteer of the Month. Nina is a fantastic example to others; volunteering her time to develop junior netball in her community. She has worked tirelessly to develop the new club and has created a really positive ethos at all the sessions, with the main emphasis on fun and enjoyment. We hope that the club continues to grow and even more young girls have the opportunity to get involved! Well done Nina, and all of those at RCT Sparks!

 

Sport RCT challenge the women and girls of RCT to get active

October 3rd: Women's Sport Week

Today sees the start of Women's Sport Week, running from October 3rd to 9th. It is an opportunity for everybody involved with playing, delivering, leading or working in sport to celebrate, raise awareness and increase the profile of women’s sport across the UK.  The objective of Women's Sport Week is to celebrate and showcase women’s sport at every level, from the grassroots to the elite, and highlight the incredible contribution that women make to sport. The overall aim is to get more women and girls physically active and playing sport.

If you would like to get in to sport but you are not sure which clubs are out there - visit our website www.sportrct.co.uk!

If you cant find what you are looking for then email us at sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk #WSW16

 

Wales Sports Awards 2016

September 25th: Chance to get volunteers recognised

The nominations are now open for Wales Sport Awards 2016!

Once again BBC Cymru Wales and Sport Wales are inviting people to nominate the best grassroots coaches and volunteers for recognition at this year's prestigious Wales Sport Awards.

The categories up for nomination are: Community Coach of the Year Community Coach to Disabled Sportspeople Young Coach of the Year Young Volunteer of the Year Volunteer of the Year Lifetime Achievement

Help us get the amazing coaches and volunteers of RCT recognised - visit http://www.walessportawards.co.uk/ to make your nomination!!  #WSA2016

 

Game On Wales Girls' Soccer School

September 22nd: Girls football sessions in Pontypridd

Game On Girls Soccer School TODAY in Pontypridd

Where? Pontypridd High School sports hall (CF37 4SF)
When? Thursdays September 15th – October 20th
Times? 5-6pm (5-7 years) & 6-7pm (8-11 years)
Price? £4.00 per session OR £20.00 for six sessions
Booking is essential – 01443 495938 or email info@gameonwales.org

 

Pontypridd parkrun to celebrate its third birthday

September 18th: Milestone for RCT's first parkrun

Three weeks today it will be the Pontypridd parkun's third anniversary! To mark the occasion they are inviting all runners, old or new to join them! So on Saturday October 8th head on down to Ynysangharad War Memorial Park to get involved.

Organisers are encouraging runners to participate in Fancy Dress, but if that isn't your cup of tea then normal running attire will be just fine! If you are planning to pop along and you haven't registered yet visit the parkrun website! Registration is free, and only needs to be done once - www.parkrun.org.uk/register 

If you can't run but you want to show your support how about volunteering? Check out the Pontypridd parkrun facebook page for all of the information you will need!

 

Pickleball session in Llantrisant

September 15th: Perfect for Over 50's looking for a low impact alternative  

Pickleball is a fun and lively racket sport game for all ages and abilities. Pickleball is a combination of badminton, tennis and table tennis - the rules are simple and the game is easy to learn, but can be developed into a fast paced, competitive game for more experienced players. The sport is low impact on your joints and is ideal for anyone who has given up racquet sports due to minor mobility problems as well as it being extremely fun for those of you looking to try a new activity.

Sessions take place at Llantrisant Leisure Centre every Wednesday 10am – 12pm at a cost of £3 per session.
For bookings or more information about Pickleball sessions please contact Lynda Gorwill using the following details.
Phone: 01443 201227 or 07533886324 Email: Lynda.gorwill@btinternet.com

 

Volunteer of the Month for August

September 12th: Congratulations Claire  

It is time to announce the Volunteer of the Month for August...
Congratulations Claire Humphreys!!

Claire is the Secretary of AFC Porth BGC. At the club there are 9 female teams and 7 junior boys teams adding up to over 250 children. The club is growing by the day and it is all down to the dedication and commitment Claire puts in. She works tirelessly 7 days a week planning and recruiting, all to make fun memories for the children. Claire is also the registration secretary for the South Wales Womens and Girls League. She completes over 1800 mini and junior registrations a season. Both roles are voluntary and help to develop grass roots football in RCT.
I hope you agree that Claire is a very worthy winner!

 

Sara reaches the Table Tennis Singles Quarter final

September 11th: Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Update 

Following two days of competition Sara head made it through to the Quarter finals of the Rio 2016 Table Tennis singles. Today Sara took on Li from China but unfortunately lost 3-0.

We are so proud of Sara and we will continue to support her as she competes in the Table Tennis team competition next week. 

 

Rhys reaches the T37 100m final

September 11th: Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Update 

After a Personal Best of 11.77 in Round 1 Rhys Jones ran in the T37 100m final today and placed 6th with a time of 11.94!

We are so proud of Rhys and all of his achievements.

 

Tour Of Britain Stage 5

September 8th: Olympic riders arrive in Aberdare 

The day has finally arrived - this morning the Tour Of Britain visits RCT. Stage 5 of the prestigious event will begin in Aberdare Park at approximately 10.45am. The riders will then travel through the town centre and head south towards Mountain Ash along the B4275. When riders reach Mountain Ash they will cross over the river and turn right on to the A4059. The riders will travel south along the A4059 until the reach the A470 roundabout, at which point they will join the A472 and exit the county borough.

Stage Five will prove to be another tough day on the road covering 205 kilometres and 3,675m of climbing. Tour of Britain will cross South Wales and enter Gloucestershire with the finish in the stunning UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath.
After RCT the race will head east through Pontypool and Usk before running through the Forest of Dean and up along the Severn Estuary into Gloucester. Coming out of the cathedral city the riders will head south into the Cotswolds before passing through Stroud and Dursley as they make their way to the finish in the picturesque city of Bath.
For more information visit http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage5/index.php#.V7WNI61THIU

 

Rhys ready for Rio

September 4th: Paralympic hopes for Rhondda boy 

Rhys Jones is a Paralympic sprinter from Clydach Vale, Tonypandy. Rhys is 22 years of age and he has always loved sport. He started playing football with a friend at a local disability football club, the RCT Tigers where he was spotted in 2009 for his speed and potential for athletics. After only a few months, Rhys started to race competitively and he’s never looked back. His main events are 100m and 200m sprint and he competes within the T37 classification. In 2012 after only 3 years of competing in Athletics Rhys was selected to represent Great Britain for the first time at the London 2012 Paralympics. In 2013 he was selected to represent Great Britain once again at the IPC World Championships in Lyon, France. Here he came 7th in the 100m and 8th in the 200m. In 2014 Rhys was selected to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and he claimed a Bronze medal in the T37 100m. A month later Rhys represented Great Britain at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea, where he claimed another Bronze!  The 2016 Rio Paralympics begin on September 7th, and Rhys will compete for Team GB in the T37 100m. Here are Rhys's competition dates (subject to change): Round 1 - Saturday September 10th (between 2.00pm and 5.00pm UK Time). Final - Sunday September 11th (between 2.00pm and 5.10pm UK Time). We promise to keep you updated on Rhys' progress. Follow Rhys on Twitter: @RhysJonesRuns or visit his website: http://rhysjonesruns.co.uk/ 

 

Sara heads for Rio

September 3rd: Paralympic hopes for Beddau girl 

Sara Head of Beddau is in Rio ready for the 2016 Paralympic Games! Sara is one of the most experienced athletes in the GB squad, having competed in two Commonwealth Games for Wales (Manchester and Melbourne) and the Paralympic Games in London where she and team-mate Jane Campbell came back from 2-0 down to win the bronze medal in the women’s class 1-3 team event.
Sara was introduced to table tennis in 2001 by a boyfriend and in taking secret lessons to enable her to beat him she discovered she had a talent and a passion for the sport. Fast-tracked by Wales she was taking part in her first competition after only three months and since then she has won seven medals in major championships, including European team gold in 2011.

In Rio Sara will compete in two Table Tennis events: Singles and Team.
Her Singles competition dates are:
Qualifiers - 8th and 10th September
Quarter Final and Semi Final - 11th September
Final - 12th September

Her Team competition dates are:
Round 1 and Quarter Final - 14th September
Semi Final - 15th September
Final - 16th September

Show your support for Sara by following her on Twitter: @saraheadtt #SmashItSara
Read more about her here: http://rio.paralympics.org.uk/meet-the-team/athlete-profile/sara-head 

 

Paralympic inspired event

September 2nd: Disability Sport Wales 'Come and Try' day

Insport series from Disability Sport Wales
9th and 10th September, 10:00-16:00
National Indoor Athletics Centre (NIAC)
Suitable for all ages and impairments

 

VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT

August 30th: Safeguarding and Protection of Children

If you are looking to upskill a club coach or volunteer as your Safeguarding Officer, here are details of a Safeguarding and Protecting Children course that we have organised in partnership with Sports Coach UK.

Date: Wednesday 7th September 2016
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Venue: Abercwmboi RFC, Cardiff Road, Aberdare, CF44 6AX
Price: £25

This workshop is a ‘Minimum Standards for Active Coaches’ requirement for many governing bodies of sport. The 'Minimum Standards for Active Coaches’ are seen as the basic standards every coach needs to meet to carry out their role safely and effectively. Please check with your National Governing Body for more information.

To provisionally book a place email Scott Woodford – scott.woodford@rctcbc.gov.uk To confirm your place please send a cheque which is payable to RCTCBC, to our office at Ty Elai, Dinas Isaf, Williamstown, Tonypandy, RCT, CF40 1NY. Please mark the letter FAO Scott Woodford and include a contact email address and/or number along with the names of the candidate/s attending the course. Please let us know if you have any additional/special requirements for the course.

 

CYNON VALLEY NETBALL CLUB

August 28th: Player recruitment

Cynon Valley Netball Club has teams from U9 to U15 and they are looking for new players of all abilities.

Having started in April 2015 with 4 girls the club now have over 60 members who train and play weekly. As well as playing in local leagues the club enter National competitions where players can play against teams in all of South Wales. New for 2016 – one team of players showing maximum potential has been entered into the A470 adult league.

Due to increased numbers the club are looking for more volunteers to help with training sessions. Preferably new volunteers would have some netball experience in coaching or umpiring etc.

All teams train on Monday evenings at Sobell Leisure Centre in Aberdare:

Mondays 5.00-6.00pm: U9’s, U10’s, U11’s & U12’s

Mondays 6.00-7.00pm : U13’s & U15’s

Contact: Lauren Grant (Head Coach) - lsgrant93@gmail.com (preferred) or 07788375162

 

FUTURE CHAMPIONS BLOGS

August 25th: Jordan Rosser

We are in the third year of our Future Champions Programme and Jordan Rosser has been part of the programme since the beginning. I think its fair to say that golfer Jordan has progressed a great deal since we first met him, and he is like a different boy. We are so proud of the progress that he has made and the opportunities that he has taken with both hands. We asked Jordan to write a blog about himself, and here is what he wrote:
“I was 11 when I first seriously took up golf but didn’t compete much as it was all mainstream. At age 13 my mam found the Welsh Disabled Golf Association and at the end of 2013 I won the inaugural Race to Wales tour (10 competitions around Wales with points accrued for first, second and third place and played using the R&A disabled rules). I was the only junior against adults and I won the tour and my handicap went down by 11 strokes. The following year I started playing mainstream competitions as the golf clubs were willing to use the R&A disabled rules for me and I wiped the floor and won most matches and competitions. I won Most Improved Golfer and my handicap dropped 10 shots.  In 2015 I was ill but still tried to do competitions as I was the Junior Captain at the golf club. At the end of the year I won Best Overall Junior. Sadly by the end of 2015 I was out of playing regularly due to being very ill. I still am very ill and undergoing a barrage of tests currently so am only playing with the Welsh Disabled Golf Association at the moment but will likely be called up for a 4th year to play for Wales again on the disabled Welsh team.
It’s been more difficult than it would be for others due to having disabilities. They all impact on my golf and also on me after I’ve played golf. Things that others find easy take me longer or are harder to achieve.
Future Champions has taught me a lot about the psychology side as I never had self-belief and also struggled with making realistic goals. It has helped build my confidence.
I have represented my country on a number of occasions competing in international matches with the disabled Welsh team.  I am a Level 1 golf coach and working towards my level 2 coaching qualification. The Professional Golf Association and ISPSHanda have awarded me for all that I’ve achieved in and for disabled golf. Most recently not only was I a finalist in the BBC Sport Wales Young Coach of the Year category but I won The Golf Foundation Presidents Awards Burroughs award for making progress in golf in the face of adversity.
At the moment due to being ill I’m just keeping my golf ticking over but I still have the goal to play for Wales again and ultimately I’d like to become a Golf coach and coach and help others to achieve all they are capable of.”
We are extremely proud of Jordan and we think that he is an inspiration to others!

 

FUTURE CHAMPIONS BLOGS

August 25th: Megan Hamer-Evans

Megan Hamer-Evans is a canoeist from Ton Pentre. In April we reported on her selection as Number 1 Junior in Britain for the World Championships in July and for the European Championships in August. Four months on Megan is at the European Championships in Slovenia, which begin today, and she has months of intense training and racing behind her. As one of our Future Champions we keep a close eye on Megan and are very proud of all of her achievements. We understand the hard work that she puts in and we asked her to write us a short blog outlining what she has been through. Here it is and we hope that you enjoy it: “My name is Megan and I am a Canoe Slalom athlete.  Canoe slalom is an Olympic sport with British athletes in Rio winning a Gold and a Silver medal.

To get to where they are they have had to make many sacrifices. Sacrifice can be interpreted negatively, but when you want to be the best, it's not a sacrifice you make, it’s a choice. When I look back at all the times I missed being with my friends from school in order to attend training, all the early morning starts and the cold winter sessions I realise how much it was all worth it. I'm am in my final month, of a total of 3 months away training and racing in Europe. While I write this I am sat in the sun, on a mountain in the French Alps and this is when I start to appreciate the choices I made. The rewards I have now completely outweigh the hard training sessions.

A lot of this would not be possible without the help from programmes like Future Champions. The financial support as well as knowledge of sport I have been taught has given me a great advantage. All of which has allowed me to compete in the World Championships this summer and in the coming weeks the European Championships. Looking ahead to next year I want to maintain my position as the highest rank Junior paddler in Britain as well as medal at the World Championships 2017.  I am looking forward to watching our athletes over in Brazil over the next few weeks and look forward to using that motivation to train hard this winter in order to meet my goals for next year.” We wish Megan Good Luck for the European Canoe Slalom Junior Championships and we will keep you updated on how she gets on!

 

FUTURE CHAMPIONS BLOGS

August 24th: Jesse Frost

A month ago we launched the third year of our Future Champions Programme. Jesse Frost has been part of the programme since the beginning and we are so proud of the progress that she has made. Jesse is fairly new to her sport of shooting but she has achieved so much in the last 18 months that she is an inspiration to others. We asked Jesse to write a blog about herself, and here is what she wrote:

“Watching Rio 2016 has been a reminder to me of my aspirations and ambitions within my sport (Shooting). Watching Ginny Thrasher take Gold for America in 10m Air Rifle was an inspiration to my shooting and I'm sure to many others. I can only hope that one day all my hard work and sacrifices lead me to such a stage as the Olympics.

Over the year and a half that I have been competing for Wales it has been more than a blessing and without the help and financial support from the Future Champions program I wouldn't be in the position I am today. I was blessed to have received a bursary which made a massive impact on my training. I was able to pay for much needed equipment that boosted not only my confidence but the all important scores. I was also able to contribute towards travel and food costs when away on national and international competitions.

In terms of sacrifices my time is mainly spent thinking, breathing and living shooting which has its perks and of course some disadvantages, just as any sport would. I do believe as any athlete you should have a balance. That’s why I try to fit in a day or two of rest and an odd weekend between training and competing where I meet up with friends and distant family. Keeping up with the people that most want me to succeed tends to rub off and fills me with a sense of "I want to make them proud" and that definitely is the main culprit in terms of keeping me going and fuelling my development.

Yes, I have a long way to go and I definitely have a lot more developing to do to get to where I want to be but I sure am ready and excited for it. I believe without the help of Sports Wales and Future Champions I wouldn't be the athlete I am today. I now have the Common Wealth Games in sight and look to medal for my Country.”

We will continue to support Jesse and we hope that the people of Rhondda Cynon Taf will also show her support as she pushes herself to achieve her ambitions!

 

FUTURE CHAMPIONS BLOGS

August 23rd: The Barrett-Rees family

The Barrett-Rees family from Beddau are pretty special as all three siblings represent Wales in Archery. 16 year old Grace and her 13 year old twin brothers Finnlay and Jakob only took up the sport four years ago and they hope to reach Olympic level!

They compete in competitions all over the country and earlier in the year the Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School pupils competed in the British Field Championships. Finnlay took gold in the junior recurve, Jakob second in the barebow category and Grace took second place in the overall championship.

Dad Stu said: “Thank you to RCT Future Champions programme. It has given Grace, Jakob and Finnlay lots of support and advice on all aspects of becoming improved athletes. As well as the advice the bursary helped us to purchase much-needed equipment, and to subsidise transportation to and from competitions, entry fees and coaching costs.”

We will continue to support the Barrett-Rees family and wish them every success in the future!

 

FUTURE CHAMPIONS BLOGS

August 22nd: Rhys Britton

Last month we told you how Future Champion Rhys Britton and his partner Matthew Walls became the Junior European Madison Champions at the European Junior Track Championships. Rhys is an incredible cyclist and we thought that the people of Rhondda Cynon Taf deserved to know more about him. So he sent us this blog and we hope that you enjoy it..

“I first became interested in cycling after the 2008 Olympics, watching the track cycling inspired me as I liked how the racing was fast and exciting. So I went to Newport Velodrome to try it and I was hooked from the start. I'm very lucky to be on the Great Britain Junior Academy cycling team and to have support from Welsh Cycling as well as Sport RCT. My club Bush Healthcare has been brilliant, and Martin Bush has provided equipment for me along with a wealth of information and advice. This is something I am very grateful for as it allows me to travel up and down the UK and abroad racing, doing something I really enjoy. The last month has been a very enjoyable and busy experience, starting with the Junior European Track Championships in Monticiari Italy. The weather was very hot and sunny and the racing was fast and furious. I was fortunate to win Gold in the Madison (a two man team event) with Matt Walls, and whilst I wasn't feeling too good on the day we managed to lap the field towards the end of the race and secure the win, my first European Championship and my biggest result to date. After Italy we drove straight to Aigle in Switzerland for the Junior World Track Championships. My first event was the 4 man Team Pursuit, the first time I had ridden this in a major competition. Although we lost to Denmark by 0.8 of a second we set a new British Record of 4 minutes and 3 seconds for the 4km distance, and secured the bronze medal. My second event was the individual pursuit, again my first time riding this event in competition as a junior. I placed 9th with a 3:19 another personal best which is all I can ask for. A week after Switzerland I was in Derby for 5 days for the Junior British Track Championships. The British track champs is always a big target of mine every year. I enjoy racing at these and I could really enjoy it this year. After being away for the best part of a month I was looking forward to racing back in Britain. The highlight of the week for me was winning the kilo in 1:03.8 and the Madison, this time with Jake Stewart on the same day. The Madison is my favourite event because of the unpredictable nature of it but also because of the skills and tactical awareness needed to win it. It was a very close win coming down to the last sprint which we managed to win. In addition I won Silver in the Scratch race and Bronze in both the Individual Pursuit and Points race so left feeling reasonably happy with my performance for the week. I wouldn't say that I've made that many sacrifices as I don't really feel that not going out is a sacrifice! I'm doing something I really enjoy. I get to do so much more, and get to visit so many more places through cycling. In 2016 for example I have raced in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. My goal for the next couple of years is to try and continue to move up the Great Britain pathway. I'm hoping to represent Wales at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and then hopefully move on to the 2020 Olympics.”

We are sure that Rhys will achieve his dreams and we think that the success he has already had is outstanding! We love that there is such a wealth of young sporting talent here in RCT and hope that we can play a small part in helping them to develop.

 

RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES COMES TO AN END

August 21st: Paralympic Games on the horizon

With the Olympic Games coming to an end today we look forward to the Paralympic Games, which starts on September 7th. Great Britain will have a team of 258 athletes competing in Rio across 19 sports. At London 2012 Team GB won 120 medals, including 34 golds, to finish third behind China and Russia - and hopes are high they can surpass that in Brazil. Two athletes hoping to contribute to the Team GB medal tally are our own Rhys Jones and Sara Head. Rhys will compete in the T37 100m and Sara will compete in the Singles and Team Table Tennis competitions. We will keep you updated on their progress through the competition. Visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/35621008 to see the full Team GB list.

 

#HOCKEYFEST IN RCT

August 17th: Rhondda Ladies open day

Rhondda Ladies Hockey Club are hosting a #HockeyFest event on Saturday September 3rd. The Family Club Open Day will be a great day for all members of the family to come along, watch some hockey and learn some new skills. The event will take place on Hawthorn High School ATP between 11.00am and 4.00pm. Visit their Facebook page for more details.

 

VALLEYS VELO 2016

August 15th: Fourth year of this prestigous event

The Valleys Velo Sportive is back for its fourth edition after rave reviews in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The event takes place on Sunday September 25th, starting and finishing at Dare Valley Country Park in Aberdare.
This end of season sportive organised in partnership with the Bike Doctor Cycling club and The Bicycle Doctor shop based in Porth brings together spectacular rolling mountain scenery, classic climbs, brilliant views and fast testing descents as it threads its way through the ex mining landscape of the South Wales Valleys.
There are two routes – a Standard 65k route and an Epic 95k route. While the Epic route is only 95km long there are a total of six major hills with almost 6000ft of climbing including the Bwlch, Rhigos and Maerdy as well as some other hidden gems.
Visit www.valleysvelo-wales.co.uk to enter!

 

PONTYPRIDD PARKRUN

August 12th: Huge achievement

Since Pontypridd parkrun started back in 2013 over 3000 individual runners have taken part at least once. The concept of parkrun is that runners old or new can complete a timed 5k on a Saturday morning surrounded by likeminded runners of all ages and abilities.  Pontypridd parkrun takes place in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park each Saturday morning with a 9.00am start by the tennis courts. You must register in advance using http://www.parkrun.org.uk/pontypridd/ but it is FREE!  

 

PONTYPRIDD AQUATHLON 2016

August 10th: Spaces filling up fast

Taff Ely Triathlon Club is organising The Pontypridd Aquathlon 2016 event in the grounds of Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in the historic Lido. Following on from a highly successful first event last year the Pontypridd Aqulthlon will take place on Sunday September 25th. It is open to children aged 8 years plus and adults, providing an exciting non-stop swim and run challenge over achievable distances. The whole event will consist of a number of races for adults and children with the Adult/Youth races in the morning and Tristars (up to 14 years of age) races in the afternoon. 

For more information or to enter visit: http://www.taffelytri.org/the-pontypridd-aquathlon-2016/

 

CHLOE TUTTON UPDATE

August 8th: 100m Breaststroke

Congratulations to Chloe Tutton for reaching the 100m Breaststroke Semi Final. Chloe finished 4th in her heat with a time of 1:06:88, a lifetime best. This time meant she progressed to her Semi Final where she finished 6th. Such an achievement for this young swimmer.

Chloe swims in the 200m Breaststroke heats on Wednesday! She has been drawn in Heat 3 which is scheduled to take place at 17:17 (UK Time).

 

#FindYourSport

August 7th: Get inspired

Throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games we will be challenging the people of Rhondda Cynon Taf to FIND THEIR SPORT. Each day our social media channels will be promoting 1-2 Olympic sports and the RCT clubs that are associated with those sports.

Make sure to check our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RCTCBCsport) daily in order to have the latest information on the sports clubs that exist within the county borough.

 

Chloe Takes to the Pool

August 6th: Tutton realises her lifelong ambition to compete at an Olympic Games

Chloe shone from an early age, with her talent quickly becoming apparent to the coaches at Rhondda Swimming Club. Since then she has gone from strength to strength winning two silvers and a bronze medal at the European Junior Championships.
Glasgow 2014 was Chloe’s first senior Commonwealth Games, however she did compete for Wales at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man in 2011. Chloe Tutton then burst onto the scene during the 2015 British Swimming Championships where she claimed the national 200m breaststroke title ahead of Molly Renshaw.
She set a new British record in the process with a time of 2:22.34, shaving three seconds off her personal best. While she impressed with the swim she narrowly missed the Olympic qualification time by 0.26 seconds! Luckily for her and us, her performance was enough to convince selectors of her potential and book her a spot with Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Representing GB at such a young age is an enormous achievement for Chloe and we will be behind her every step of the way!
Here are Chloe’s competition dates in Rio (subject to change):
Sunday 7th August, 2016 (100m Breaststroke Heats/Semi-Final)
Monday 8th August, 2016 (100m Breaststroke Final)
Wednesday 10th August, 2016 (200m Breaststroke Heats)
Thursday 11th August, 2016 (200m Breaststroke Final)
Friday 12th August, 2016 (4x100m Medley Relay Heats)
Saturday 13th August, 2016 (4x100m Medley Relay Final)
Make sure that you show your support for Chloe, who flies the flag for GB, Wales and RCT!!

 

Rio Raise the Curtain

August 5th: 2016 Summer Olympics gets underway

As the Rio Olympics kick off today we would like to wish GOOD LUCK to the 24 Welsh athletes that are representing Team GB. Here they are:
Athletics: Seren Bundy-Davies
Boxing: Joe Cordina
Cycling: Elinor Barker, Ciara Horne, Becky James, Owain Doull, Geraint Thomas
Judo: Natalie Powell
Rowing: Chris Bartley, Graeme Thomas, Victoria Thornley
Rugby Sevens: James Davies, Sam Cross, Jasmine Joyce
Sailing: Hannah Mills, Chris Grube
Shooting: Elena Allen
Swimming: Jazz Carlin, Georgia Davies, Chloe Tutton, Ieaun Lloyd
Taekwondo: Jade Jones
Triathlon: Non Stanford, Helen Jenkins
This is Wales' biggest contingent for an overseas Olympic Games. It is the first time that Welsh females have outnumbered males in selection for the Games. The first athletes set to compete are the rowers and Geraint Thomas (men's road race) on Saturday, August 6. Triathletes Non Stanford and Helen Jenkins will have to wait until the last but one day of the Games before they compete. The final Saturday (August 20) could also see Seren Bundy-Davies in action as the last Welsh competitor as the women's 4x400m final takes place on this day.
To read more about the Welsh athletes visit: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/other-sport/definitive-guide-24-welsh-sports-11636117

 

Sports First Aid Course

August 5th: Perfect for coaches or parents involved with a sports team

Here are details of a Sports First Aid course organised with 1st for First Training

Date: Tuesday 9th August 2016
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Venue: Rhondda Golf Club, Pontygwaith, Ferndale, RCT, CF43 3PW
Price: £25

The course is aimed at coaches, parents and anyone involved in playing or coaching sports at all levels. It provides an excellent knowledge of relevant First Aid practices and specific sporting injuries such as head wounds, breaks, sprains and fractures, spinal trauma and airway management. Visit www.1stforfirsttraining.co.uk for more information.

To provisionally book a place email Scott Woodford – scott.woodford@rctcbc.gov.uk
To confirm your place please send a cheque which is payable to RCTCBC, to our office at Ty Elai, Dinas Isaf, Williamstown, Tonypandy, RCT, CF40 1NY. Please mark the letter FAO Scott Woodford and include a contact email address and/or number along with the names of the candidate/s attending the course. Please let us know if you have any additional/special requirements for the course.

 

New Ladies Rugby Team

August 3rd: Cilfynydd RFC start first ever female team

Cilfynydd RFC have a new ladies team and they are recruiting players! They train every Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Welfare Ground Cilfynydd (near Pontypridd High School). They welcome all women over the age of 18. All levels of fitness and levels of experience are welcome. Half of the team had never played rugby before starting - so women who haven't played before won't be alone! The sessions are a mix of fitness and rugby skills with the view to improve all team members fitness levels and get their skills game ready. For more details call Kate on 07531901350 or visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CilfynyddLadiesRFC

 

Volunteer of the Month for July is announced

August 1st: The name is Bond.. Chris Bond

The Volunteer of the Month for July is Chris Bond from Mountain Ash Fly Fishers. Chris Bond has been a volunteer at Mountain Ash Flyfishers for many of years and he commits several hours a week to the up keeping and development of the clubs base at Penderyn Reservoir.

Chris has worked hard to create partnerships with organisations including Natural Resource Wales, Tower Fund and Sport RCT and through these partnerships the club have in place a long term plan for both facility and membership development and growth.

In recent years Chris has played a key part in the club securing funding from Natural Resource Wales and Tower Fund to add a floating platform to the reservoir for all members, including disabled or elderly, to access the boats to fish on the reservoir, the funding also allowed the club to improve the access around the reservoir by laying a new path and adding metal steps on the banking to again allow better access for members and groups to fish at the water’s edge.  Another project driven by Chris was the development of a new hut on the reservoir site to allow members to socialise regularly when visiting. 

The next development Chris is working on and has already secured funding for via a Sport Wales Community Chest grant, is to increase the number of qualified coaches at the club so they are able to engage with more community groups and organisations and offer provision for disabled groups along with the work they already do with groups such as the scouts. To find more information about the club please visit: http://mountainashflyfishers.yolasite.com/

 

Forty-Six talented athletes receive specialist support

July 30th: Future Champions programme launches for the third year

Last Friday we launched Year 3 of our Future Champions programme with 46 talented young athletes, sixteen of which from the previous cohort. We welcome back the following Future Champions and congratulate them on being selected once again:
Beth Richards - Table Tennis 
Chloe Jordan - Hockey
Elis Pryse - Triathlon
Ellie Pryor - Weightlifting  
Finn Barrett - Archery 
Grace Barrett - Archery
Gwenno Davies - Netball
Jacob Barrett - Archery
Jesse Frost - Shooting
Jordan Rosser - Golf
Lauren Gowen - Bowls
Louie Evans - Table Tennis
Megan Hamer-Evans - Canoeing
Rebecca Lewis - Swimming
Rhys Britton - Cycling
Taylor Addicott - Weightlifting

Thirty new Future Champions were inducted on to our programme, representing 14 different sports.
Congratulations to the following young people:
Aled Balman   Cricket  
Alyx Kellerer   Squash  
Amelia Ellis   Taekwondo  
Amelia Thomas   Archery  
Dylan Emery  Snooker 
Dylan Hawkins  Bowls  
James Codd  Cycling  
Kirshia Williams  Rugby  
Libby Owen  Table Tennis
Abbi Morris  Basketball  11
Dafydd Griffiths  Basketball  14
Elin Lake  Basketball  13
Gabriel Lima   Basketball  10
Isobel Bunyan  Basketball  11
Leah James  Basketball  11
Lili Griffiths  Basketball  10
Maisie Lake  Basketball  11
Owen Richards  Basketball  12
Seb Bunyan  Basketball  13
Alice Griffiths   Football  15
Jasmine Simpson Football  14
Sophie Norman  Football  14
Emily Poole   Netball & Football 16
Callum Griffiths  WCKA  11
Dillan Smith  WCKA  10
Indie-Jay Morgan WCKA  11
Ben Moore  Judo  11
Ben Nicholas  Judo  11
Holly Devall   Judo  11
Kieran Robertson Judo  14

All of our Future Champions will receive support over the coming year in the form of workshops, clinics, role model sessions and peer support networks.

 

Summer Basketball

July 28th: Try an Olympic Sport

This summer Pontypridd Panthers Basketball club are holding camps in Llantrisant Leisure Centre and Abercerdin Primary School (Gilfach Goch). The camps are being held on the following dates:
Llantrisant: August 5th, August 12th, August 26th
Abercerdin Primary: July 29th, August 19th
The sessions are:
U10s – 10am to 12pm (£6.00)
U12s – 12pm to 3pm (£9.00)
U14s and U16s – 3pm to 6pm (£9.00)
To book on to these camps or to find out more information on the club contact Jon on 07803 160844 or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Pontypriddpanthers/ 

 

Visit EGH - Give Judo a try

July 26th: Olympic Open Day

EGH Judo are holding an open day on Saturday 6th August 10.00am to 2.00pm to celebrate the Rio Olympics! Why not go along and give Judo a try?? The Open Day is perfect for anyone, of any age or ability to try the sport for the first time. So head along to their new Dojo in Pontypridd with your family and friends and try something new. Contact Huw on 07939 110610 for more details.

 

Forty Six Talented Young Athletes join programme

July 22nd: Year 3 of Future Champions launches

Today we launch our new Future Champions programme. Over 40 talented young people aged 10-16 years will be inducted on to the programme which will last one year. Athletes will receive educational workshops around topics such as nutrition, psychology and injury prevention. This year we have 17 sports represented including hockey, archery, basketball, judo, shooting, canoeing and weightlifting. To keep up to date with the Future Champions programme visit the Talent section of this website.

 

Rhys is Junior European Madison Champion

July 20th: More Future Champion success

Congratulations to Future Champion Rhys Britton and his partner Matthew Walls who both competed at the European Junior Track Championships last week and became the new Junior European Madison Champions.

 

Are you looking for a new home for your martial arts club?

July 18th: EGH Judo Dojo available for hire

The EGH Judo dojo has a large floor area available for hire, including a viewing gallery for parents or spectators and a well equipped gym.
Situated just a short walk from Pontypridd town centre and railway station, the dojo is perfect for martial arts but would also be an ideal venue for Yoga, Pilates, Dance, Zumba, Fitness Classes, Gymnastics, Tai Chi, Meetings & Seminars.
Facilities available include a 54 square metre activity area, Classroom, kitchen, gymnasium and viewing gallery.
Catering can be arranged on request.
Get in touch to discuss your requirements on 07939 110610

 

Talygarn Equestrian Centre opens its doors!

July 15th: Summer Open Day

Talygarn Equestrian Centre Summer Open Day 2016  Sunday 17th July Give your support for local children showing what they can do! Gates open at 1pm, displays from 2pm An afternoon of music, costume and entertainment! Performances from the Welsh Vaulting Champion squad along with much more! Everyone is welcome!  Tickets are £2 in advance or £3 on the day! Bookings for lessons and pony days will be taken on the day with huge discounts for new customers (payment required for discount).

 

Could your sports club benefit from £1500?

July 12th: Community Chest deadline approaches

Sports Clubs - Don't forget that the Sport Wales Community Chest and Development grant applications are now online! The next Community Chest deadline is Tuesday August 16th at 5.00pm. Visit https://grants.sportwales.org.uk/en/login to start your application. For help and support please contact the Community Sport team by emailing sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk!

 

Summer Olympics on its way

July 7th: Spotlight on Rio

The opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympics is two months from today. It will be the fifteenth Paralympic Games, a multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities. The Games will take place from September 7th to 18th. Over 50 nations are scheduled to send athletes, and these athletes will compete in 23 different sports. Two new sports have been added this year; canoeing and triathlon. For more information visit https://www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics

 

Taekwondo for children as young as 3 years old

July 6th: New classes in Llantwit Fardre

Steve Tottle Tae Kwon Do was established in 1993. Since then Steve has been running traditional tae kwon do classes at Hawthorn Leisure Centre. The classes are very popular among both children and adults, with children as young as 3 years old taking part in the Tigers class. The tigers class introduces children to Tae Kwon Do by developing their skills, allowing them to meet new friends, improving their self confidence and most importantly having fun! Recently Steve has started new classes in Newtown Llantwit Community Centre on Thursday evenings -  there will also be a Tigers class starting on a Tuesday in September. All new members are welcome and given their first session for free. To contact Steve call 01443 226452.

 

Rebounders Trampolining

July 3rd: Summer holiday provision

Rebounders Trampolining are running summer holiday provision at Hawthorn Leisure Centre. Sessions will be running on Thursday 21st and 28th of July, as well as the 4th,11th and 18th of August. 10am-11am class: Children with disabilities, 1.00pm-2.30pm class: Children 5-16yrs. £5 per class. Contact Rebounders to book your child a place - 07841 424845.

 

Volunteer of the Month for June is announced

June 28th: Matt overcomes strong competition

It is time to announce the May Volunteer of the Month. Congratulations to Matt Addicott of Breeze's Weightlifting Academy. Matt holds Breeze’s Weightlifting Academy together! He keeps everyone at the club updated with upcoming competitions, news and events. He helps to organise inter club competitions both home and away, and he has secured funding by applying for a number of different grants, allowing the club to purchase new equipment and kit. Matt also assists the Head Coach Michaela during training sessions and at competitions. Matt works full time but he still manages to dedicate himself to the club 100% and put in so much hard work!

 

WRU Fab XV named

June 25th: Jason and Lionel commended

Congratulations to Jason Cook and Lionel Langford on their inclusion in the WRU Fab XV. Communities across Wales were asked to nominate the volunteers that give up their spare time to keep grass roots rugby alive, and the WRU have now announced their top fifteen. Lionel is a long serving volunteer from Tylorstown RFC. He takes up roles such as Club auditor, Funding co-ordinator, club secreatary and club coach co-ordinator. Lionel is a great ambassador and mentor for all of the players and all club members agree that he thoroughly deserves this recognition. Jason is a coach from Ystrad Rhondda RFC who focuses on players under 16, where player development is more important than winning. Jason believes that throughout junior rugby the emphasis should be on fun, ensuring that all children are given the same opportunities and respect regardless of ability. Jason has also been instrumental in the development of the Miners Girls Cluster centre in the Rhondda. We are proud of both of these two volunteers and we are pleased that they are getting the recognition that they deserve.

 

Pontyclun to represent Wales at the EuroCup2016

June 23rd: Pontyclun Petanque Club

Petanque is the proper name for the French sport commonly known as “Boules”. Pontyclun Pétanque Club is based at Pontyclun Rugby Club and has been in existence for three years.

They are always looking to increase our membership and will welcome any prospective new member. Current members play at all levels from social (playing in a league team) to the full International representative level and new members are encouraged to enjoy the sport and find their own level of participation. Junior members are particularly welcome and are encouraged to bring their parents along to play as well.

For the first time Pontyclun Petanque Club entered the Welsh national competition known as the Welsh Cup for Clubs. This is the competition to decide the Champion club of Wales for the current year. The reward for winning this competition is to be invited to represent Wales in EuroCup2016. This is the pétanque equivalent of UEFA’s Champions League. The countries participating in EuroCup 2016 are – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and Wales. The qualification group phase of the competition will be held over the period 29–31 July 2016 in four countries, these being France, Italy, Luxembourg and Monaco. The finals will be held in Borås, Sweden (2–4 December). The club will be holding fundraising events to raise money and any support will be appreciated.

 

Apply now to be a Sport RCT Future Champion

June 20th: Future Champions application process open

Year 3 of our Future Champions programme starts this summer and the application process is now open for new athletes to join. The Future Champions programme provides support to talented young athletes who live in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Young athletes are eligible if they are: aged 10-16 years, living in RCT and either currently represent Wales or they are part of their National Governing Body performance pathway. If you or someone you know fits this criteria they are eligible to apply to join the programme. You can email the team at sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk for more information and/or to request an application form, or one can be downloaded here: www.rctcbc.gov.uk/TalentedAthletes

 

FILM FRIDAY: Two new films online

June 17th: Case studies 

There are two new films on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RCTCBCsport) which showcase fantastic case studies from across Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Firstly there is a film explaining the Young Ambassadors programme.
The Young Ambassador programme, endorsed by Sport Wales and the Youth Sport Trust, gives young people the opportunity to become advocates for sport and physical activity within their school and local community. Ambassadors are nominated by their school and there are four levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. This film shows some of the RCT Bronze Young Ambassadors that have been actively promoting, organising and delivering sporting opportunities within their primary schools since September. The Young Ambassadors Programme has been running in Rhondda Cynon Taf for over 5 years and in that time we have seen hundreds of young people who are potential leaders of the future. For more information contact the team: sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk

The second highlights the Pontypridd parkrun. Since Pontypridd parkrun started back in 2013 over 3000 individual runners have taken part at least once. In recent months there have been over 250 runners each week completing the free 5k run around the beautiful Ynysangharad War Memorial Park. This film captures the success of this local parkrun whilst acknowleding the volunteers that make it happen week in week out.... 269 individual volunteers have contributed their time to make sure that each and every event runs smoothly.  For further information on the parkrun visit: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/pontypridd/

 

13 year old girl crowned European Champion

June 15th: Bright futre for young Ffion

Ffion Tynan started playing golf at the age of eight. Now age thirteen she has been crowned European junior champion. At the start of the month Ffion competed in the USKids European Championships at Gullane Golf Club in Scotland. Over 600 golfers from 50 countries took part and Ffion played in the girls aged 13 and 14 category. Ffion won the three-day event having recorded rounds of 74, 73 and 72. Ffion's first experience of golf at the age of eight was on a family holiday in Florida. The coach saw natural talent and told her father to take her to a golf club as soon as they returned home.. that's where the hard work began! Balancing her studies at Y Pant Comprehensive with training is difficult as Ffion practices five times a week, about 15 to 20 hours in total. She regularly practices in Gloucestershire, where she has a role as a golf ambassador to encourage more young people into the sport. She is also part of the Wales under-18s squad, and is a member of clubs in Kenfig and the Vale of Glamorgan. We are sure that the future is bright for Ffion and we are proud to have such an amazing young talent living in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

 

Pontypridd Women's Beginners Running Group

June 14th: Allen's Angels 

We are so PROUD of the women and girls that attend our Pontypridd Beginners Running Group! We have a minimum of 30 ladies that attend each Monday and sometimes we have as many as 45!

Each and every member has progressed a great deal since their first session, and some are now running 5km and further. It is not easy to start running, but the women have shown real commitment, and for us to see their progression each week is really inspiring!

On Sunday 25 of the women took part in their first 5k race - Pontypridd Town Council's Big Run for Fun. It was a big step for a lot of them, as the majority of the group have only been running for 2-3 months. We hope that the ladies are as proud of themselves as we are of them, and we hope that they continue running for many years to come.

 

Focus on beating stress

June 13th: Men's Health Week 

June 13 - 19th is Men's Health week with the focus on beating stress.  It matters because if we don’t release stress, it can turn into something more serious.
This year, one in four of us will develop a mental health problem. There are many things we can do to beat stress: play sport, go for a walk, attend a fitness class, go to the gym, volunteer and lots more.
Regular sport and exercise can boost your mood.  Any type of exercise is useful, as long as it suits you.  It should be something you enjoy; otherwise, it will be hard to find the motivation to do it regularly.  If you haven't exercised for a while, gradually introduce physical activity into your daily routine.
Find an activity you can do regularly. You can take part in a team sport, attend classes at a leisure centre, or just be more active in your daily routine by walking or cycling instead of travelling by car or public transport.
For more information on what activities are available in Rhondda Cynon Taf visit www.sportrct.co.uk or www.rctcbc.gov.uk/leisure

 

Could you #PlayYourPart?

June 10th: Volunteers Week

Would you like to #PlayYourPart as a sports volunteer in Rhondda Cynon Taf? There are hundreds of sports clubs in RCT and they all rely on an army of volunteers. And its not just the sports clubs that benefits - below is an infographic which shows the benefits that volunteers get from volunteering! If you could contribute some of your time to volunteer in your community take a look at the Volunteer Portal on our website - www.sportrct.co.uk - or email our team on sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk

 

Thousands of adults volunteer in sport across Wales

June 7th: Volunteers Week

Did you know that there are 235,000 sports volunteers in Wales, more than twice the amount that there were in 2008. Based on hours given by these volunteers Sport Wales have concluded that the economic value of the volunteer workforce in Wales in just short of £300 million per year! That's equivalent to 15,000 adults working full time! We want to hear from the sports volunteers in RCT – Who are you? Where do you volunteer and with Which club?

 

Sport Wales launch Give to Gain

June 5th: Volunteers Week

Sport Wales have laujnched Give to Gain which aims to embed three principles in to sports clubs, helping them to recruit and retain committed volunteers. The three principles are:
1. Volunteers know exactly what is expected of them
2. Volunteers are valued, developed and supported
3. The mutual benefits of volunteering are clear to everyone
To find out more please visit http://www.sport.wales/givetogain for further details!

How can we help your sports club to adhere to the Give to Gain principles?
1. Set out clear role descriptions for the volunteers you already have, and the ones that you want! We can help you with templates. And when you are ready to advertise for new volunteers you can use our Volunteer Portal.
2. Show your volunteers that they are valued by nominating them for our Volunteer of the Month competition.

 

Volunteers Week celebrated by Sport RCT

June 1st: Recognition for the sporting workforce across Rhondda Cynon Taf

VOLUNTEERS' WEEK starts today and runs until the 12th of June! It is an annual event which celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. The Sport RCT team love to reward and recognise sports volunteers from Rhondda Cynon Taf and that's why we decided back in January to make 2016 the Year of the Volunteer. As well as our Volunteer of the Month competition, we also have our Volunteer Portal on our website and we will soon be launching our 'Play Your Part' Volunteer Calendar. Between now and June 12th keep checking our social media for further details of some exciting opportunities available to the army of sports volunteers in RCT.

 

Alun recieves praise for his volunteering 

June 1st: Volunteer of the Month crowned

The Volunteer of the Month for May is Alun Howells from Treherbert Bowling Club.

Clive Sheridan the secretary nominated Alun as he has been a regular volunteer helping the club to grow, becoming a popular venue for both children and adults.

When Alun joined the club he was low in self-esteem and confidence. From day one he has turned up regularly and has assisted with enthusiasm in all aspects of running junior sessions, adult sessions and school sessions. Alun helps with opening and closing the club, setting out the rinks etc. His contribution to the running of the club is invaluable; he puts his heart and soul into everything he does and to the best of his ability. His confidence has grown and he has given up smoking. He is also a very good bowler.

 

Jordan wins Golf Foundation Award at Wentworth

May 31st: Recognition for RCT Future Champion

Rhondda 16-year-old Jordan Rosser was one of the recipients of the Golf Foundation Presidents’ Awards at Wentworth for his development as a player and volunteer.

The awards are to celebrate the “incredible work” of volunteers and professionals in offering their time and commitment to help young people to enjoy all the benefits of golf.

Thanks to support from The European Tour, the ceremony was held in Wentworth Club’s elegant Ballroom, where the event’s largest ever audience heard the stories of ten award winners and their projects, which all help to develop the golfers and golf stars of the future.

The Golf Foundation is a nationally recognised charity that works with national partners to encourage young people to ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in the sport. Its HSBC Golf Roots programme reaches 500,000 youngsters a year, creating a pathway from discovering golf in schools and the community to enjoying regular golf at golf clubs and driving ranges.

The Burroughs Award this year was presented to an individual who has made particular progress in golf in the face of personal challenges. Jordan Rosser has been recognised for thriving at his golf, playing with physical and learning disabilities, while as a volunteer he has also helped to make the sport more accessible for other young people in the community and at his golf club.

  • Jordan has been Junior Captain at Rhondda GC and Junior Vice Captain at Bryn Meadows GC;
  • he is a volunteer coach, who is highly respected by juniors and PGA coaches alike;
  • he is a valued member of Golf Development Wales’s (GDW) Youth Panel;
  • Jordan is part of the Swansea Inclusive Futures Project and was an inspirational speaker at this project’s camp.

According to Hannah McAllister of GDW, Jordan’s “commitment, enthusiasm and team-work has positively changed perceptions of disability amongst his non-disabled peers and we are very fortunate for his continued support of golf in Wales.”

On receiving his award, Jordan said he, “really wanted to put something back into the game. It’s great for me to see a youngster picking up a club for the first time, and helping as they develop into playing regularly and competitions.”

 

FILM FRIDAY

May 27th: Young Ambassadors inspire next generation

Three Young Ambassadors from Pontypridd High planned and delivered a Rush Hockey festival for local primary school children. All of the primary school children loved taking part in a new sport and the process was a really valuable experience for the Young Ambassadors. A new film available on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RCTCBCsport) gives a good insight in to the work of a Young Ambassador and the impact that they can have within their school and community.

 

Chloe joins Wales U16's team and EHF Youth Board

May 24th: Bright future ahead for RCT Future Champion

BIG Congratulations are in order for Chloe Jordan, RCT Future Champion and Young Ambassador! This week she was selected to play for Wales U16's Hockey!

Chloe was already on cloud nine as she has recently joined the European Hockey Federation Youth Board. The Pontypridd High student was chosen due to her commitment and passion for the sport of Hockey. Chloe is an active member of Llan & Llan Ladies Hockey Club and she does a lot of sport volunteering in her community. As well as being an RCT Young Ambassador she is also a YA for Hockey Wales. 

The EHF Youth Panel was created by a group of young people from countries all over Europe who came together at the last World Hockey Youth Promoters Festival in 2010, and in discussion with the EHF Development Projects Committee, formed a Youth Panel for Europe in 2011. All members of the Youth Panel have great experience in youth hockey from a local to a global perspective.
The panel meets at least once a year in between running youth projects across Europe working towards achieving four main goals:
1. Providing young people with a voice in European Hockey
2. Supporting the EHF in growing European participation by 10% every two years
3. Supporting and promoting European young leaders wherever possible
4. Feedback and advice on selected EHF strategic plans, policies and projects that impact on young people.

For more information on the Youth Panel visit http://eurohockey.org/welcome/youth-panel/ and to find out more about Hockey Wales check out http://www.hockeywales.org.uk/

 

WRU Women's Super Cup Finals in Bedwas this weekend

May 20th: Ynysybwl and Porth heading to the finals

This year's Women's Super Cup Finals day kicks off Saturday at Bedwas with 10 teams representing all tiers of the game. Porth Quins take on Senghenydd in the Shield Final, hoping to get their hands back on the title after their victory last year. Quins have already claimed the Division 3 title and are looking to end 2015-16 with the double.
Ynysybwl play in the final of the Bowl competition against Gorseinon, after narrowly missing out last year. Ynysybwl have beaten Gorseinon twice in the league, but fans may expect a close game as their encounter in April finished 25-24.

The schedule for the day is as follows, and you can buy a ticket on the gate for £5: 12pm - Shield Final: Senghenydd v Porth Harlequins
12pm - Plate Final: Ynysddu v Seven Sisters
2pm - Cup Final: Skewen v Whitland
4pm - U18 Youth Cup Final: Cardiff Quins v Whitland
4pm - Bowl Final: Ynysbwl v Gorseinon

 

Future Champion has bright future

May 17th: Rebecca sets a World Class time in the pool

12 year old Para-Swimmer Rebecca Lewis, who trains at RCT Performance Squad, posted a British Para-Swimming World Class Academy programme time at the GB Paralympic Trials in Glasgow, held at the end of April.

She swims under the classification of S10 and posted the time for the 400m Freestyle. She is only 1 of 3 welsh swimmers that have made the academy consideration time and 1 of 6 Welsh swimmers who will be considered for the entire British Para-Swimming World Class programme.

Rebecca has been a member of the Sport RCT Future Champions programme and last year she received a bursary to support her travel costs and coaching fees.  We wish Rebecca all the best for her bright future in Swimming.

 

Carys competes in Belgium

May 14th: Celebrations in Talygarn

Last month we shared a film which showcased the Taylgarn Equestrian Vaulting Club. One of the girls shown in that film was Carys Morgan. When we visited the club Carys was busy practising her freestyle routine for an International competition in Belguim. That competition was last weekend and she took 6th place in the Senior Individual 1*. Carys from Church Village is currently studying Veterinary in Liverpool but she still trains with the club when home from University.
We would like to congratulate Carys on her achievement!

 

Squash Open Tournament in June

May 10th: Llantrisant Squash Club open their doors

Llantrisant Squash Club have on Open Tournament from the 10th to the 12th of June. Entry is open to everybody, and there will be graded events so players of all abilities and standards are welcome! Entry is only £10 which includes a free tournament t-shirt and all players are guaranteed a minimum of two matches. The tournament is sanctioned by the Welsh Squash & Racket Ball federation.

 

Promotion for Aberdare RFC

May 9th: Celebrations in Aberdare

Congratulations Aberdare RFC on your SSE SWALEC Division 3 East Central A league title!!  The Cynon Valley team have secured their promotion to Division 2 – and they are already setting their sights on back-to-back titles, hoping to reach Division 1 by this time next year!

 

#TennisTuesdays @ Llantrisant Tennis Club

May 8th: Ladies night at LTC

#‎TennisTuesdays‬ is now running at Llantrisant Tennis Club!! Each Tuesday at 6pm there is a weekly session for ladies of improver-intermediate standard

Do you play a handful of times a year or perhaps you haven’t played in the last couple of years? Can you can hit the ball over the net and in the court to have a short rally with a partner? Well then Tennis Tuesdays is for you!  They are coach-led sessions and each week's session focuses on a different area of the game. Courts, rackets and coaches are provided! Book by the week at www.tennistuesdays.co.uk - there's 10% off when you book 3 sessions or more!

 

FILM FRIDAY: Maerdy Boxing Club

May 7th: Boxing Club at the heart of its Community 

Maerdy Boxing Club was established in 2013 following the closure of a nearby club in Ferndale. The club initially ran from the old Maerdy Infants School, but this facility soon became unavailable and the club had to find a new home!

Brett Parry (club Chairman and Coach) endeavoured to find the club a building of its own, and with the support of other local volunteers he did just that!! Many months later thanks to investment from funders such as Sport Wales and the Welsh Church Act an old electric substation has been transformed in to a hub of the community. Sport RCT are proud to have supported the club through this.

The club now offer many opportunities for local children and adults to get fit, to get active and to meet new people. You don't have to be a boxer to train at Maerdy BC and they welcome anyone to come along and get involved!

Visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RCTCBCsport) to find our latest film which tells their story.

 

Fun for all the family at Llantrisant Tennis Club

May 5th: Activities galore at Club Open Day 

Llantrisant Tennis Club are holding an open day on Sunday May 15th between 2pm and 4pm, as part of the Great British Tennis Weekend!!

There are lots of fun tennis sessions running for all of the family including: Parent & Child Mini Tennis: 14:00 - 14:45 Family Time: 14:45 - 15:45... Teen & Adult Cardio Tennis: 14:45 - 15:15 Tennis Xpress: 15:15 - 16:00

Visit the website to find more information or to book a place:
https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/OpenDays/llantrisanttennis/6d0263b2-5d22-4d22-b6f4-bc7a3e483cda 

 

April's Volunteer of the Month is Announced

May 3rd: Bec beats off the competition 

It is time to announce April's Volunteer of the Month... Congratulations Rebecca "Bec" Newland of Llantrisant RFC Mini section!

Llantrisant RFC Mini section has grown dramatically over the last few years starting with just three dads and their children in 2010, and now boasting teams from Under 7s all the way through to Under 12s. In addition to this the club has also established the Black Arrows, an Under 6s training squad to ensure the club continues to thrive.

At the heart of these improvements you can always find Bec as a pivotal member of the club. She is a regular at all home (and away) games even if her son's team is not playing that week. She makes sure that all players have their reward at the end of the game - a hotdog! Rebecca is also the fixture secretary for all age groups and makes sure that all players have registered with the club and paid their fees!

During April Bec has played an important role in arranging two key events; the Annual U7/U8s Rugby festival (which featured 20 teams) and also a Minis tour to Devon.

Bec will soon be leaving the Mini section and joining the Junior section, following her son as he progresses up the age groups. All of the Mini Section coaches would like to thank Bec for her efforts and the huge contribution that she has had. As a measure of the work she has done the club have had to recruit FIVE new volunteers to take over her duties!

 

Can Taffs Well RFC go all the way?

May 1st: SSE Swalec Cup Finals in Cardiff

Good Luck to Taffs Well RFC today as they play in the SSE SWALEC Bowl Final today against Burry Port RFC! The club will have lots of supporters with them down at the Principality Stadium and we are hoping that they get the win that they deserve!

 

Kayleigh nets two against Kazakhstan

April 29th: International footballer from Aberdare scores two in EURO2017 Qualifier 

Kayleigh Green, 28 has played football since a very young age. Encouraged by her dad and three older brothers she played in the garden, down the field and even in a local car park! After joining the school team Kayleigh took a trial with Cardiff City and her journey began.
The trial was successful and she became a regular player at the club right through junior football. As her game progressed she was chosen to represent Wales and her development sky-rocketed. She continued to play for Cardiff City and Wales right through school and then progressed to senior level. She has represented Wales twelve times and played at Cardiff City for 18 years, four of them as captain. 

In March Kayleigh joined Yeovil Ladies as Centre Back and she is enjoying her first season in Women’s Super League 2. Yeovil are currently fourth in the table, and they have a game today at 6:30pm away against Millwall Lionesses.

Earlier this month Kayleigh travelled to Kazakhstan with Wales as they hoped to keep their UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 Qualification hopes alive. Wales Women secured a 4-0 victory over their opponents and Kayleigh netted two crucial first half goals.
Wales Manager Jayne Ludlow (hailing from the Rhondda) had this to say about Kayleigh’s performance: “Kayleigh is very new to the centre-forward position but since we put her in that position she’s been absolutely fantastic for the team. Today she got what she deserved from the game. Her performance was outstanding.”

With this win Wales Women now have a total of seven points in Group 8, five points behind Austria and Norway. Austria and Norway are top of the table with 12 points. Wales will look to make up the five point difference in their three remaining fixtures:
June 7th: Home vs Norway
September 15th: Home vs Israel
September 20th: Home vs Austria
You can follow their journey here: http://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/season=2017/teams/team=500144/index.html

If your daughter would like to follow in Kayleigh’s footsteps visit the Sports Club Search on our website to find a local football club or contact the team for support – sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk

 

First Timbers training session

April 27th: Third RCT Cluster Centre gets underway

The New GIRLS ONLY Rugby Cluster Centre starts TONIGHT in Aberdare. Timbers welcomes girls aged 6-15 years of all abilities to come along, try a new sport and make new friends. Training is every Wednesday at The Ynys playing fields.
U9 and U11 training 5.00-6.00pm. U13 and U15 training 7.00-8.00pm. There will be various forms of the game on offer, including tag, touch, early contact and contact!
For more information follow them on Twitter @RugbyTimbers

Congratulations in order for seven mums in Mid Rhondda

April 26th: Aquababes+ programme a success

Seven ladies in the Mid Rhondda have graduated from the Aquababes + programme. The programme offered Mother & Baby Aquababes pool sessions, as well as a crèche to mothers that were using the fitness suite and classes.

The programme has ran in partnership with Rhondda Fach Sport Center, Sport RCT, Porth Communities First & Mid Rhondda Communities First. Mums thought the sessions were fantastic as it was a nice way to bond with the baby in the water. It was lovely to see them having fun and having the opportunity to enjoy an hour in the gym knowing their baby is safe in the creche.

 

Hard work pays off

April 24th: Rhonnda Ladies to play in the top flight

Congratulations Rhondda Ladies Hockey Club - officially Prem 2 Champions of the South Wales Women's League! At the top of the table with Whitchurch Saints 2's they took the top spot on goal difference. Rhondda Ladies 1sts have had a fantastic season winning 13 of their 18 games.

 

Film Friday: Sports Club Case study

April 22nd: Mums get active in Rhydyfelin

Visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RCTCBCsport) to find our latest film which shines the spotlight on Rhydyfelin Netball Club.

Since starting just over a year ago with 6 girls looking to get fit we have seen huge progression in both the club and the players. Originally just a Back2Netball session Rhydyfelin are now a constituted sports club with two, soon to be three, competitive teams playing in the A470 Netball League.

They have near enough thirty girls training weekly, most of whom had not played netball since school. The women are a real mix of ages and most of them juggle work, training and family life. Some say that netball gives them the valuable 'me time' that they need, others have lost weight and gained new friends. The club have a real family spirit and they are a credit to RCT. Watch this film to find out more.

Bridgers Cluster Centre kicks off

April 22nd: Llantwit RFC host new Girls cluster centre

New GIRLS ONLY Rugby Cluster Centre starting TONIGHT in the Taff. Bridgers welcomes girls aged 6-15 years of all abilities to come along, try a new sport and make new friends.

Training is every Friday at Llantwit Fardre RFC, starting tonight. U9, U11, 13 and U15 all training 7.00-8.00pm. There will be various forms of the game on offer, including tag, touch, early contact and contact!

For more information contact Tony Davies on daviespropertydevelopments@yahoo.co.uk or follow them on Twitter @RugbyBridgers

Future Champion makes a splash

April 21st: Megan named Nmber 1 Junior in Britain

Megan Hamer Evans is a canoeist from Ton Pentre and she was part of our Future Champions programme last year. This week we recieved some fantastic news from her father.

Megan had the Great Britain Junior/U23 Canoe Slalom Team Selection races last weekend in London. She has been selected as Number 1 Junior in Britain and will compete in the World Championships in Krakow, Poland in July and the European Championships in Solkan, Slovenia in August.

This is incredible news and we wish Megan the best of luck at both Championships!

 

#UpTheWell

April 20th: Taffs Well RFC heading to the Finals

Congratulations to Taffs Well RFC on reaching the SSE SWALEC Bowl Final! A great 14-11 win over Cambrian Welfare RFC on Saturday saw them secure their place at the SSE Swalec Finals Day on May 1st at the Principality Stadium. 

Taffs Well will face Burry Port RFC, who beat Aberdare RFC in their Semi Final last weekend. Elsewhere in the Cup Llandovery and Carmarthen Quins have both made it through to face each other as finalists, and in the plate Penallta will face Bedlinog.

 

First RCT Girls Rugby Cluster kicks off

April 18th: Rhondda Miners get underway

NEW GIRLS ONLY Rhondda Miners Rugby Cluster starts tonight. Girls aged 6-15 years of all abilities are welcome to go along, try a new sport and make new friends.

Training is every Monday at Ystrad Rhondda RFC, starting tonight. U9 and U11 6.00-7.00pm, U13 and U15 7.00-8.00pm. There will be various forms of the game on offer, including tag, touch, early contact and contact!

For more information contact Jason Cook on jcookystrad@me.com or follow them on Twitter @RugbyMiners

 

Film Friday: Sports Club Case study

April 15th: Tots taking over at Llanharan RFC

Visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RCTCBCsport) to find our latest film which shines the spotlight on Mini and Junior rugby club which has gone from strength to strength in the last few years.

Llanharan RFC have Mini and Junior sides for 5-15 year olds and they welcome boys and girls of all abilities. This season they have kicked off a new U6 Dairy Tots session which has had over 30 children taking part weekly. Our Community Sport Team has supported the club to acquire funding, to promote themselves to local schools and also to recruit volunteer coaches from the University of South Wales. They are a fantastic club with lots of dedicated volunteers and coaches that make sure the children have the opportunity to enjoy rugby week in week out.

 

Time to Give Golf a Try!

April 10th: The Masters leads the way for new golfers in RCT

The most prestigious - and coveted - major in Golf began its 80th edition on Thursday and it finds it conclusion today. The Masters has an incredible history and each year it brings the game's great, good and once-were-goods to Augusta, Georgia. Almost ninety golfers from all over the world will take part, including two Welshmen: Jamie Donaldson and Ian Woosnam.

Donaldson was born in Pontypridd and he secured his place in the record books back in 2013 when he became the fifth player in history to achieve a hole-in-one on the sixth hole. Ian Woosnam is also etched in to history as he is the only Welsh man to have ever won the Masters, scooping first prize in 1991.

If you would like to give Golf a go there are golf courses all over the RCT and you may search for your nearest one on our website. If you child is interested you may want to take them along to Mountain Ash Golf Club - Mountain Ash GC have junior golf sessions running for 7 years plus. The sessions are 5.30pm-6.30pm at the club and all equipment is provided. Please make sure that you register your child in advance via 01443 479459.

 

Film Friday: Sports Club Case study

April 8th: Talygarn Vaulters shine

Visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RCTCBCsport) to find our latest film which shines the spotlight on a very unique sport and a successful club from RCT.

Equestrian Vaulting is definitely one of the less known sports that we have here in Rhondda Cynon Taf, but it is by far one of the most captivating. Vaulting in a nut shell is gymnastics on horseback. It incorporates beauty and brilliance, power and strength, elegance and precision all in harmony with the horse.

This film introduces the sport and showcases the fantastic Talygarn Vaulters Club, based at Talygarn Equestrian Centre. The sport is great for people of all ages and abilities, and the club welcome newcomers to their Beginners sessions. 

We hope that you enjoy the film and visit their website to find out more information: http://www.talygarnec.co.uk/vaulting/

Timbers Girls Rugby starting soon

April 7th: New WRU Girls Cluster Centres

The Welsh Rugby Union have introduced new Rugby Cluster Centres for girls U9s through to U15s. Girls across Wales will have the opportunity to access girls-only rugby opportunities from April to July. Three Cluster Centres will be running in RCT: the Timbers (based at Aberdare), the Rhondda Miners (based at Ystrad) and the Bridgers (based at Llantwit Fardre).

The Timbers based in Aberdare have confirmed their training sessions and the details are as follows:

 Start date: Wednesday 27th of April 2016
U9s and U11s: 5pm - 6pm
U13s and U15s: 6pm - 7pm
@ The Ynys Playing Fields, Aberdare

6 to 15 year old girls of all abilities welcome!!
Register here: http://www.wru.co.uk/eng/club/womensleagues/35538.php

 

Beatball Arriving in Pontyclun

April 3rd: Welsh Football Trust Girls initiative

Beatball sessions have been running across Rhondda Cynon Taf since the start of January. A new HUB is starting in Pontyclun at Y Pant Comprehensive on April 12th. The details are:

Y Pant Comprehensive Sports Hall
Every Tuesday 5.00-6.00pm
Starts April 12th
Girls aged 7-11
FREE sessions provided by Game On Wales

March Volunteer of the Month

April 1st: Dare Valley Pony Club's #1 Volunteer

It is now time to announce the Volunteer of the Month for March......
Cara is Dare Valley Pony Club's secretary. She is the person that organises all the events and website and the club would be lost without her. She also taken on another volunteer role as fund raiser for the Valley Equestrian Association and Cara is a great example of a volunteer that spends her own time bringing other people together to organise events. She keeps ...everyone updated, even though she doesn’t ride herself!! Her daughter is a Pony Club member however and that is how she first became involved.

Cara uses her own time to research funding grants for the Association and has completed many applications resulting in successful grants to develop workforce and members by sending them on courses such as first aid, instructor training and child protection.

Cara is currently developing and writing a business plan which is essential because the group are looking to lease their own area and develop a riding school.  Without Cara's time and effort the club wouldn’t have been able to get this far.

We applaud volunteers like Cara and thank her for making sport happen in RCT!

Would your club benefit from some grant funding?

March 29th: Sport Wales Community Chest Deadline Reminder

 

Sports Clubs - Don't forget that the Sport Wales Community Chest and Development grant applications are now online! The next Community Chest deadline is Tuesday April 12th at 5.00pm. For help and support please contact the Community Sport team by emailing sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk!

Disappointing loss for Wales Women

March 24th: Wales Women v Italy

Italy Women have again proved to be a bogey team for Wales, carving out a narrow 16-12 Six Nations victory at Talbot Athletic Ground. The visitors raced out to a 13-0 lead and at that point would have had hopes of leap-frogging Wales into fourth position on the points table. A 17 point margin would have seen Italy jump ahead of Wales but a try either side of halftime by No 8 Sioned Harries ensured Rachel Taylor's side finished fourth, despite losing to the Azzurri for the third time in succession.

Italy’s first try came through a kick from winger Sofia Stefan down the touchline where covering winger Elen Evans was unable to mop up the bobbling ball which enabled Italy to recycle the ball down the blindside where fly half Beatrice Rigoni dived over.

Italy’s lead doubled through Rigoni in the 24th minute where the fly half picked up a loose ball deep inside her own half with a clear run to the try-line scoring from a 75m run. She only just made it as Evans made an outstanding effort to make a cover tackle.

The task became more difficult for Taylor's side in the 33rd minute when full back Michaela Sillari slotted a penalty from in front of the posts after Wales infringed at a ruck.

Home fans finally had something to should about two minutes later when Harries was awarded a try after Taylor claimed the ball at a line-out. The forwards swept the Italian pack backwards before the No 8 scrambled over.

The driving maul proved a major success immediately after the break when Harries touched down under a pile of bodies to score her second try of the game. Robyn Wilkins' excellent conversion brought Wales to within a point of Italy.

However the Italians replied with another penalty from Sillari which ensured Italy’s win.  The defeat ended what some may say was a disappointing campaign for Rhys Edwards’ women.

Victory for U20's

March 24th: Wales 20's claim GRAND SLAM

The under 20’s team made history on Friday night in Parc Eiras as they were the first welsh team to win the junior 6 nations since 2005. They overcome their nerves to beat the young Italians 35-6.

 Tom Phillips’ side were certainly letting the occasion get to them. Dropping the ball, conceding territory and were by some peoples opinion 2nd best in the 1st half.

Italy briefly led with Mateo Minozzi kicking his second penalty, but Dan Jones then levelled the scores with the final kick of the first half.

The forwards then took charge in the second half with Harrison Keddie scoring two tries to give Wales the lead.

Jones kicked a penalty to edge his side in front after 46 minutes and then the direct approach from the home pack paved the way for Keddie's first try from close range. Jones added he conversion and then improved a driving line-out try from Scarlets' open side Sean Evans.

The  try came seconds after Italian prop Daniele Rimpelli was sent to the sin-bin for a senseless off the ball dump tackle on Harri Millard. While Rimpelli was off Wales managed to score a 3rd try through winger Joe Thomas.

Another Jones conversion extended the lead to 24 points before Keddie added the final try of an outstanding season for the Welsh youngsters with a second close-range, power try that came with the final move of the game.

Wales will now move on to the Junior World Championships in Manchester this summer as one of the form teams - and one of the teams to beat.

Six Nations Final weekend

March 24th: Wales Men take on Italy

A superb performance saw Wales score three tries before half-time and a further six after the interval to secure second place in RBS 6 Nations table for the first time in their history. It was a record score for Wales in the championship and a 6 Nations record for tries.

With an attendance of 74,160 at the Principality Stadium, it was a new highest score set in a 6 nation’s game at home by Warren Gatland’s men.

Ospreys scrum-half Rhys Webb marked his return to the Welsh jersey with a trademark try after just four minutes, sniping over from close range with Dan Biggar adding the conversion. Biggar added two penalties either side of a yellow card for Italy scrum-half Guglielmo Palazzani, who was sent to the sin bin for tackling Webb too early from a Wales penalty.

Ospreys outside-half Biggar soon crossed for Wales' second try with a superb break from a line-out before playing a quick one-two with Jamie Roberts to go under the posts. Jonathan Davies then scored Wales' best try of the first half when the home side broke from their own 22 and showed lovely hands through the backs to send Davies racing under the posts.

After the break Jamie Roberts finished off another superb backs move.Meanwhile George North scored his 4th try in 4 games to equal Shane Williams record of most tries in a six nations series.

Italy did finally manage to respond with a try of their own from Palazzani but Wales hit back almost immediately with a fifth score from Liam Williams.

Gonzalo Garcia's try after an hour added some respectability to the score line for Italy and Kelly Haimona notched up his second conversion of the afternoon. There was still time for Ross Moriarty two tries on his RBS Six Nations debut for Wales.

In the final few minutes of the game substitute Gareth Davies had time to cross over once more as Wales thrashed Italy at the Principality Stadium.

Future Champions Programme

March 15th: Support for young athletes in Rhondda Cynon Taf

We are now at the end of the Future Champions Programme for 2015/16. Since 2014 a total of 89 young athletes from 18 different sports have accessed the programme. Out of these athletes 22 have access bursaries from us thanks to investment from Fairwood Trust. These bursaries have supported costs such as equipment, kit, coaching and travel.

39 athletes are now involved in their NGB Elite programmes and 29 have achieved Welsh representation. 

Over two years we have delivered 20 workshops on topics such as nutrition, psychology and injury prevention. Throughout the two years we have worked closely with National Governing Bodies, the University of South Wales, Mind in Sport, RP Health Management, Michaela Breeze, Fairwood Trust, Sport Wales and Team Wales.

We thank all partners, athletes and parents for their commitment to the programme and we wish all of our young athletes the best of luck for their future endeavours. We are excited to announce the next stage of the Future Champions and we will be posting more information very soon.

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Sport RCT call for Volunteer of the Month nominations

March 10th: Monthly competition recognising and rewarding sports volunteers

2016 has already seen two fantastic community volunteers recognised for their contribution to Sport in RCT. Adrian Dobbs of Gilfach Goch RFC and Fiona Howells of Ferndale Walking group were both nominated by members of their clubs, and then chosen by our panel as winners. 

It is crucial to recognise and reward volunteers as sadly, the majority of the time they go unnoticed! Sport RCT need you to get involved and help us recognise the volunteers from your community!

To be entered in to the March competition please email the team at sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk before 5pm on Friday March 25th!

 Sport RCT Year of the Volunteer 2016


Women and Girls Running Group takes off

March 8th: Mothers and Daughters get their daps on

Our first Women and Girls running group session took place last night in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park. We were absolutely delighted to have 65 attend! Everybody enjoyed themselves and it was fantastic to see so many women getting active in one of our beautiful parks. A number of mothers and daughters attended the session together which was great to see! We hope that more women join us in the coming weeks.

For anyone looking to join sessions are from 5.30pm-6.30pm every Monday, and they start at the front of the Lido entrance.

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February Volunteer of the Month Announced

March 2nd: Accolade for Ferndale Walking Group

Fiona of Ferndale Walking Group has been crowned Volunteer of the Month for February.

The group was set up to encourage an active lifestyle within the community of Ferndale through Health walks, Nordic walks and Geocaching walks. Local woman Kellie had the idea and encouraged members of her local Slimming World group to join her.

Friend Fiona was invited along but she was cautious as she had recently fallen. She was injured and low on confidence. After some persuasion she agreed to give it a go and she was hooked straight away! Fiona invested in poles to help with balance and her confidence began to progress each week.

The group has moved from flat walking to gradient walking, to hill walking and now even mountain walking! As time went on Fiona was eager to participate each week and openly commented that she was enjoying being out and about as after her fall she had felt isolated, low in self confidence and never socialised.

The group now walk every Saturday morning at 9:30am and within months of Fiona attending her first walk she has attended a Volunteer Walk Leaders Course and a Geocaching Leaders Course. She has more recently started leading short walks on her own without any input from Kellie.

Fiona has gone from being a “prisoner” in her own home due to the fear of falling, to becoming a Health Walk Leader, Geocaching Walk Leader and recently the Group Secretary. She is a valued member of the group and Kellie feels very proud of her.

The photo below shows Fiona (right) and Kellie being presented with their Walk Leaders certificates by Melanie from Lets Walk Cymru.

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New Girls' Pathway announced by WRU

February 29th: Girls Only Spring-Summer Cluster Centres

The Welsh Rugby Union have introduced new Rugby Cluster Centres for girls U9s through to U15s. Girls across Wales will have the opportunity to access girls-only rugby opportunities from April to July.

The centres will allow girls to explore Tag, Touch and contact rugby in a girls only environment - something that doesn't currently exist for under 13 year olds. Regular festivals will provide competition with the main emphasis on fun and enjoyment.

Rugby Clubs across Wales will host the centres and support the WRU to embed the new player pathway. Three Cluster Centres will be running in RCT: the Timbers (based at Aberdare), the Rhondda Miners (based at Ystrad) and the Bridgers (based at Llantwit Fardre).

For more information or to sign up, please visit: http://www.wru.co.uk/eng/club/womensleagues/35538.php

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Tour of Britain will return to RCT in 2016

February 27th: Tour of Britain Stage 5 will start in Aberdare

Last week the route of the 2016 Tour of Britain was announced. Taking place from Sunday 4th to Sunday 11th September 2016 the Tour of Britain is Britain's national Tour. It is the UK's highest ranked cycle race attracting the world's top riders to race on UK roads in British Cycling's premier road cycling event.

We shared with you the news that on Thursday September 8th Stage 5 will start in Aberdare and travel east to Bath. You can see the full route below. Once we find out more details such as times and locations we will share them.

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Mountain Ash Golf Club recruiting junior members

February 25th: Mountain Ash children swing in to action

Mountain Ash Golf Club are working with our Community Sport and Junior Sport teams to recruit new junior members. They are providing free coaching sessions to attract new children in to the sport. The details are:

JUNIOR GOLF with Mountain Ash Golf Club
Sessions at Abercynon Sport Centre
7-11 year olds
Wednesday 4pm-5pm
Four weeks FREE (March 2nd - March 23rd)

JUNIOR GOLF with Mountain Ash Golf Club
Sessions at Mountain Ash Golf Club
7+ year olds
Monday 5.30pm-6.30pm
Starting Monday 28th March
(First four sessions FREE, £2.00 per sessions thereafter)

Equipment is provided for all sessions. To book your child a place contact 01443 479459.

 

Welsh Football Trust Beatball Project

February 15th: Girls football investment in RCT

The Welsh Football Trust have invested in Sport RCT to deliver a girls football project across the local authority. Fifty primary schools have been offered free girls football coaching sessions and now seven community hubs have been established. These seven hubs are for 7-11 year old girls. They will all run for 10 weeks and are completely free. Here are the details:

Aberdare Hub
Sobell Leisure Centre
Mondays 5-6pm
Dates: Feb 1st - April 4th

Tonyrefail Hub
Ely Valley Community Sports Park
Mondays 5-6pm
Dates: Feb 8th - April 11th

Hawthorn Hub
Hawthorn Leisure Centre
Wednesdays 4-5pm
Dates: Feb 3rd - April 6th

Llantwit Fardre Hub (Bilingual delivery)
Garth Olwg School Sports Park
Wednesdays 4.30-5.30pm
Dates: Feb 3rd - April 27th (no sessions during Half Term and/or Easter)

Porth Hub
Ynyshir and Wattstown BYC
Wednesdays 5.45-6.45pm
Dates: March 9th - May 11th

Treherbert Hub
Treherbert BGC 
Thursdays 6-7pm
Dates: Feb 4th - April 7th

Pontyclun Hub
TBC

For further details please contact the team via sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk

Inaugural WRU Youth Board announced

February 10th: Two members from Rhondda Cynon Taf

The Welsh Rugby Union has appointed the first members of its inaugural Youth Board after an online selection process which saw a host of high calibre candidates submit video applications via YouTube.

The board is made up of fifteen individuals aged between 16 and 21, seven of whom are female and eight male, who form a wide geographical representation of Wales and the national game, and will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th February.

We are proud to say that there are two members from RCT on the board: Emily Williams and Calum Haggett.
Emily (Millie) is 16 and plays for Wattstown U18s. She also coaches the U15s Girls and has played for both the Blues and Wales at U18s.
Calum is 19 and from Tonyrefail. He is currently studying in Coleg y Cymoedd and he plays for Gilfach Goch RFC! Calum is also a former Wales U18s captain!

Disused Tennis Courts are now a Community Sports Park

February 9th: Thriving Hub of the Community

Ely Miners Welfare Association have turned two disused tennis courts the in to a thriving community sports park. Ely Valley Community Sports Park in Tonyrefail hosts two 3G five aside footbal pitches, thanks to significant investment from five funders, including Sport Wales. £89,000 was used to develop the site, with the aim of providing more sports and employment opportunities for local people. It is now a flagship enterprise for other deprived communities.

More recently the Association has obtained £290,000 of Welsh Government funding for phase two of the project, which includes redeveloping a disused grass football pitch,
demolishing derelict building and creating new changing rooms.

Read the full Sport Wales case study here: http://www.sport.wales/news--events/news--events/our-news/latest-news/case-study---ely-miners-welfare-association.aspx

Six Nations kicks off

February 6th: Could it be a Wales Grand Slam?

Wales Womens Rugby team face Ireland in Dublin today at 1.00pm! The Welsh team will be on a high after their 15-5 home win against Ireland a fortnight ago, as part of their 6 Nations preparation. We wish the team the best of luck and encourage you all to show your suppoort for Amy Evans. Amy is from Aberdare and she has been named in the starting XV for tomorrow. To read more about Amy Evans, the Wales Womens player from Aberdare visit here - http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/aberdares-amy-evans-makes-wales-10734616 You can also follow Amy on Twitter: @aimster30

Wales Men face Ireland tomorrow at 3.00pm! If you are fed up of just being a spectator then why not starting playing at your local rugby club? There are more than 30 Rugby clubs across Rhondda Cynon Taf providing oppportunities for males and females of all ages. Visit www.sportrct.co.uk to search for your nearest one - or contact the team: sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk

Raer Theaker visits Parc Lewis Primary

February 4th: Team Wales Schools Visits

Today Team Wales are visiting Parc Lewis Primary School. Artistic Gymnast Raer
Theaker will be talking to pupils about her love of Gymnastics and the honour
of representing Team Wales! Raer is 18 years old and has already enjoyed a
glittering career! At Glasgow 2014 she was part of the Welsh team that brought
home Bronze medals. Raer will speak to pupils from Year 5 and 6 including
members of the schools' Gymnastics Club. We are sure that she will pass on her
love of sport, and encourage a few children to give Gymnastics a try!

Nominations Wanted for February Volunteer of the Month

February 2nd: Volunteer Recognition Campaign

The Volunteer of the Month competition is open for February. Don't forget to
nominate! To be included nominations need to be received before 5.00pm on February 26th! Help us to recognise the sports volunteers of Rhondda Cynon Taf, email the team now at: sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk.

Volunteer of the Month for January is announced

January 29th: Volunteer Recognition Campaign

Congratulations Adrian Dobbs of Gilfach Goch RFC Mini and Juniors. You have been awarded VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH for January 2016.

Adrian was nominated by his fellow club volunteers and we believe that he is an inspiration to others.

Adrian is the coach and team manager of the U15's, as well as being the Chairman for the Mini and Juniors. He also trains the U9's, the U11's and the U13's. That means that he is involved in training sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays - as well as helping at the games on Sundays.

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New Beginners Running group for Women and Girls

January 25th: Gets your daps on and head to Ynysangharad War Memorial Park

If you are looking to start running and you want the support of a Beginners Running Group take a look at the flyer below. In March a Women and Girls running session will take place every Monday 5.30-6.30pm in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park. The sessions will be FREE for 10 weeks and they will be led by a Qualified instructor. Mums and Daughters are encouraged to attend together - all participants must be 12+ years of age.

Women and Girls Running Poster 

 

NEW Taff Ely Triathlon film

January 21st: Community Chest Case Study

Taff Ely Triathlon Club received a Sport Wales Community Chest grant in October 2015. This grant has allowed them to upskill female coaches with coaching qualifications and first aid.

The club have seen a huge increase in membership since the Olympics in 2012, and this has brought an influx of women and girls. To match the increase in female members the club were keen to establish females in coaching roles. The club now have three female coaches; Donna, Helen and Cathrine.

This is a fantastic example of club development and a great case study championing the Sport Wales Community Chest grant. To find out more details watch the film on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RCTCBCsport

Feel the Beat returns for a second year!

January 18th: Primary School Girls' Dance Project

The Junior Sport Feel the Beat Project has started again for 2016. Last year was a huge success as over 800 girls took part in our festivals and over 30 schools entered our competition. Primary schools across Rhondda Cynon Taf were taken over by groups of girls dancing anywhere and anytime they could!ts must be 12+ years.

The 2016 Feel the Beat festivals start soon - here are more details:

18th January: In Rhondda Fach Sports Centre schools will enjoy dance sessions tutored by RSD Dance and Tip Tops Dance School. We will welcome
Maesycoed Primary, Maerdy Primary, Porth Primary and Tref Y Rhyg Primary.

19th January: In Hawthorn Leisure Centre schools will enjoy dance sessions tutored by RSD Dance. We will welcome Hawthorn Primary, Trerobart Primary and Parc Lewis Primary.

20th January: In Aberdare schools will enjoy dance sessions tutored by RSD Dance. We will welcome Cwmdare Primary, Abernant Primary, Aberdare Park Primary and Caradog Primary.

21st January: At Abercynon Leisure Centre Pengeulan Primary, Abercynon Primary, Miskin Primary and YGG Abercynon will learn some new moves from RSD Dance tutors. In Rhondda Sports Centre Llwynypia Primary, Pontrhondda Primary, Parc Primary, Alaw Primary, Gelli Primary and Pontygwaith Primary will all have expert tuition from RSD Dance and Tip Tops Dance School.  And in Llantrisant Maesybryn Primary, Gwauncelyn Primary, Dolau Primary and Tonysguboriau Primary will all enjoy sessions run by RSD Dance.

To view a film showcasing last year's project please visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RCTCBCsport

Nordic @ Night Walks

January 12th: Headtorches at the ready!

The Sport RCT Walking Development Officer has started new Nordic Walking sessions on a Tuesday evening. Here are the details:

Nordic @ Night walk tonight, meeting at 6pm at Bradleys Coffee shop in
Aberdare. £3 cost each. Walking poles provided.
Please dress appropriately and a head torch is essential.
Contact Lee on 07471140713 or email lee.davies2@rctcbc.gov.uk

Back 2 Hockey Initiative Starts

January 10th: Get back to it..

Our Hockey Back 2 project starts tonight. Visit Llantwit Fardre Sports Centre tonight at 6.00pm to take part in a fun session with Llan & Llan Ladies Hockey Club. All equipment is provided and the session is free!! See below for further information.

6 FREE sessions
Jan 12, Jan 26, Feb 9: Tuesdays 6-7pm
Jan 17, Jan 31, Feb 14: Sundays 5-6pm
16 years+
Women only

Increasing Inclusive Opportunities in RCT

January 6th: Disability Trampolining

Good Luck to Rebounders Trampolining as they start sessions in Hawthorn Leisure Centre today!

Rebounders Trampolining provide inclusive trampolining sessions for all. They specialise in working with children and adults that have additional needs or disabilities. They are the only club of their kind in Wales and we are delighted that they have decided to start sessions in RCT.

If you would like to find out more about them please visit: www.rebounderstramp.com

The Year of the Volunteer

January 1st: Making Sport Happen

At Sport RCT we have decided to make 2016 the Year of the Volunteer. Sport in RCT, across Wales and all over the world is dependent on volunteers. Without volunteers sport could not across in Rhondda Cynon Taf. The coaches that lead our sessions, the treasurers that keep track of the budget, the fixture secretaries, the child welfare officers, the kit washers, the orange cutters, the net fixers.. the list is endless!

This year we want to play our part to ensure that the efforts of volunteers do not go unnoticed. We want to thank them, acknowledge them, recognise them and celebrate them! For all that they do, every day - all year round!

So we are starting with the launch of our 'Volunteer of the Month' campaign. Each month we are asking members of the public to email us to nominate someone that they feel deserves the accolade. It could be someone that volunteers at the club you play for, it could be a volunteer that support your child's sports club, or it could be a member of your family that dedicates so much time and effort to the sport they love. At the end of each month we will choose a 'Volunteer of the Month' and they will be rewarded with a prize from the team.

To be included in the 'January Volunteer of the Month' process nominations need to be received before 5.00pm on January 29th! Help us to recognise the sports volunteers of Rhondda Cynon Taf, email the team now at: sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk.

Happy New Year

December 31st: 2015 draws to a close..

The Sport RCT team would like to wish all Rhondda Cynon Taf residents a Happy New Year. 2015 has been a very big year for sport and we have seen great increases in the number of playing playing and volunteering in sport across RCT. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that contributes to making sport happen in our local authority. Our aim is to get more people, more active, more often. We look forward to working towards this aim again in 2016.

Sport RCT wish you a Merry Christmas

December 25th: It's Christmas!

The Sport RCT team would like to wish all Rhondda Cynon Taf residents a very Merry Christmas.

Sport RCT identify inspirational women and girls

December 18th: Female role models

To conclude the 'Women and Girls' focus that Sport RCT have had throughout 2015 inspirational females have been identifed from across the county borough.
Five case studies can be found in the Events and News - Women & Girls section. The case studies include:
Tracy and Lauren Gowen - Bowls
The Dare Valley Vixens - Roller Derby
Wattstown RFC U18's - Girls Rugby
Tracy Evans - Running
Tracy Edwards - Swimming
Taylow Addicott and Ellie Pryor - Weighlifting

Read about these fantastic women and get inspired!

Rhondda Triathlon Club take on the first IronMan 70.3 Turkey

December 15th: Marc Jones gives us his story

My name is Marc ‘Budgie’ Jones. I am a 39 year old engineer from the Rhondda Valleys. I am fairly new to Triathlon, but ‘mad for it’ and in my first 2 years have completed 2 Ironman races, plus loads of smaller events.

After a long hard season, a group of 8 athletes along with a support crew of friends and family from the Rhondda Triathlon Club travelled to Turkey for the inaugural Turkey Ironman 70.3. The thought of an end of season tour, racing in the warm sea on fast, flat, hot roads, followed by a few days spent relaxing by the pool, seemed too good an opportunity to miss.   

We arrived on the Tuesday in what I could only describe as a monsoon, with hail-stones the size of golf balls and gale force winds. After 3 days of severe weather, the roads were completely flooded, the swell was incredible and we were seriously starting to doubt if the race would actually start. It also has to be said that after 3 days at the all-inclusive bar and nightclub there was also a serious doubt around our chances of actually finishing. Thankfully the weather started to improve and by the time the race briefing arrived, things were looking much better and the race was on, so time to sober up and rack our bikes

Race day came and after a good breakfast we jumped on the bus heading for T1. We found out later that several athletes had missed the start as they wrongly put their clocks back an hour, just to find that Turkey had delayed their clock move by a few weeks… so it does pay to listen at the race briefing!

Everyone was going through the usual T1 ritual when one of the lads shouted "I've forgot my goggles". At this point ‘Yoda’ aka Gerwyn Davies, (Commonwealth Games athlete, former Welsh Champion and Kona qualifier) says in a calm voice "have mine Karl, I don't need goggles" which until that day I thought was a myth, but no, he was deadly serious and gave away his goggles and swam without them…….what a legend!

The Swim
I lined up far too near the front as usual determined to push as hard from the start. ‘Go’ and we were off. I Sprint into the sea, trying to act like I know what I'm doing and threw in a few dolphin dives and I'm away. The sea was BOILING (not quite the temperatures that we get in IM Wales). After 20 mins I get to the Australian exit at the end of loop 1. I felt really wobbly and had to walk a bit to recover before heading back in full blast onto loop 2. Out of the swim in 30:01 - wow I thought, I'm on for a great time, well done budgie boy. Quick change and out onto the road!

The Bike
Feeling great after the swim, I get my head down and go for it. After the first few miles you get a feel for the road ahead with a series of small villages with people watching in amazement as 2000 triathletes blast through their village at 30mph. After about 10 miles of flat, windy roads we reach a long cobbled section with pot holes the size of small dogs. This was a challenge, but on the plus side, I was passing loads of people with really expensive bikes who were hanging on for dear life. After a few miles we go under a bridge where I had to ‘bunny hop’ over a culvert to stay upright. Again a wry smile thinking about the £10k bike-brigade behind me.
The course continued flat and fast for 20 miles before starting to climb with a few sharp hills followed by a long climb to the turn-point. Then it’s back down the hill flat out heading back to T2. After 40 miles we get to a fabulous part of the bike course which takes you into an amazing woodland area and brand new tarmac underneath your bike is was just mind blowing. I pushed on thinking things can't get any better, then Bang!!! No more road, they run out of Tarmac and you are on unfinished mountain roads for a mile or so. After that the road continues back to T2 fast and flat and I get off the bike in a respectable 2;38:20, Quick change, quick pee and I'm off on the run

The Run
Feeling on top of the world. I pushed the pace to sub 7 min/mile for the first few miles – a schoolboy error that I would pay for later in the day. As the day progressed, the temperature got hotter and hotter so I started taking on more sponges. At one point I had so many sponges placed in my tri suit, I looked like an American Footballer. As the miles start to tick off the weather started getting hotter and hotter and my running started to slip down to the 8m/m. Oh no I thought, the legs are getting heavy. At this point I bump into all my family and friends - what a lift though, just what I needed.  
The finish was fantastic, located in the Gloria Sports Arena. Running the final bend I see all my family and friends screaming and shouting for me. As you know it is the best 20 seconds of your life. Here we go budgie boy, it's red carpet time. I don't care what anyone says, unless you've done an IM you can't explain that feeling. Yeah baby!!

Finished the run in 1:48:23 with a finish time of 5:03:11, so I didn’t break 5 hours, but all in all I really enjoyed the race. Clearly the course wasn’t quite ready and I’m sure they will get this right next year, but I loved the rawness of it all and wouldn't change any of it. Asked would I go back and do it again - Damn right I would!!!!

Welsh Open Weightlifting Championships

December 14th: Breeze's Academy flying high again

The weightlifting competition year has come to an end for Breeze’s Weightlifting squad who travelled to Cardiff last weekend to compete in the Welsh Open Championships. Coached by Michaela Breeze (MBE), and assisted by Matt Addicott, the youngsters were in safe hands.

For some, this was their first Weightlifting competition and for others, an opportunity to stamp their ground on the Welsh scene.

Day one of the competition ran with 6 of Breeze’s lifters in the lineup, four of our female lifters and two male lifters representing Breeze’s Gym in Aberdare.

First up was Ebboney Lewis (13) who in her first open (Senior) competition overcame her nerves to lift personal bests and take Silver in her category with plenty more to come from this young athlete.

Also competing for the first time was Mya Scrivens (15), this was Mya’s first ever competition and she made an excellent account of herself lifting PB’s all around.

The bar was then raised considerably before we saw the entry of Leah Timms (13) go head to head against best friend and rival Taylor Addicott also 13, both lifters are Welsh Internationals.

After the snatch phase both lifters were neck and neck on 47kg, Taylor ahead on body weight only.

The difference came in the very last lift in the clean and jerk with Taylor needing and getting a 60kg lift. Just 1kg separated the two athletes in a fantastic performance that left coaches and spectators on the edge throughout.

We expect to see these two athletes having similar battles in the future and look forward to it as it certainly brings out the best in both athletes.

Taylor & Leah finished 1st and 2nd respectively in group B and their performance was good enough to place them amongst the A group lifters.

Taylor is one of Breeze’s more experienced young lifters smashing three under 17 Welsh records with her lifts to add to her 2 British and Welsh titles.

Breezes last two athletes where Garyn Bramwell and Kamran Jokarzadeh.

Competing for the first time Garyn (14) showed no nerves and came away with personal best lifts and experience of lifting on a big stage. He will be back in training and looking to get back on the platform soon.

Kamran Jokarzadeh (18) competed for the first time under the Breezes banner and was impressive to say the least snatching 102kg and clean and jerking 135kg before narrowly missing a British record attempt. We expect to see big things from this athlete in the future.

Three lifters representing Breezes on day two kicked off with Ellie Pryor (14) in action, Ellie has had an amazing year representing Team Wales at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa placing 4th. Ellie posted a total of 108kg in a very brave performance albeit below her usual high standard, It’s been a huge year for Ellie and this competition was perhaps one too many. However 2016 will see Ellie push for more honors including potentially lifting on European stages.

Debbie Robbins and Courtney Howe competed in their first ever competition and both overcame the nerves to put in a solid performance. Much more to come from these two in 2016.

The next target for all of these youngsters is the Welsh & British Schools Championships where we expect the bar to be raised higher still with lifters looking to qualify for senior Welsh and European competitions.

Michaela was over the moon and massively proud with all of Team Breeze. A learning experience for some with some valuable lessons learned. Time to get back to Breeze’s Gym in Aberdare to prepare for the next event. The gym is open to all ages and abilities and welcomes anyone who fancies a go at weightlifting. For more information email breezesgym@outlook.com

Amy makes history in Scotland

December 12th: First Welsh woman to be World, British and Welsh champion!

Amy WillseRhondda Cynon Taf CBC employee Amy Williams has won the World Under 25 Ladies Indoor Bowls Singles Title at the Coatbrige Indoor Bowls Club

Scotland on Friday 11th December. Amy who was runner-up last year beating Chloe Watson of Ireland, the current title holder, in the semi-final and then

Scotland's Claire Walker in the final, two sets to nil, and bring the title back to Wales for the first time since 2009. Amy has now become the only Welsh lady to have held the World, British and Welsh titles at Under 25 level, having won the Welsh title for the last four years, along with the ladies Senior Singles title this year. She was also RCT Young Sports Personality of the Year for 2013. She is very grateful to the support of her employer and her sponsor Thomas Taylor Bowls to help her compete at this high level in her sport.

Second week of 12 Days of Christmas winners

December 11th: Five more clubs take home festive prizes

The next five '12 Days of Christmas' prize draws took place this week. Here are the winners:

December 7th: Talygarn Pony Club
December 8th: AFC Llwydcoed
December 9th: Gilfach Goch RFC Mini & Juniors
December 10th: Breeze's Weightlifting
December 11th: Rhondda Judo & Juijitsu

To read more about each club visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RCTCBCsport

First week of 12 Days of Christmas winners

December 4th: Four clubs take home festive prizes

The first four '12 Days of Christmas' prize draws took place this week. Here are the winners:

December 1st: SRK Martial Arts and Fitness (Maerdy Tang Soo Do)
December 2nd: Taff Ely Triathlon Juniors
December 3rd: Sporting Marvels Netball
December 4th: Cilfynydd RFC Youth

To read more about each club visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RCTCBCsport

Four days left to enter festive competition

November 24th: Santa's sleigh is on its way

The 12 Days of Christmas competition is well underway and entries have been flooding in from RCT sports clubs. Any clubs that have not submitted entries have just three days left to enter before the deadline this Friday at 5pm. Clubs can enter by emailing Sport RCT via sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk! Details of the competition can be seen below!

The Sport RCT 12 Days of Christmas

November 16th: Festive fever takes over Rhondda Cynon Taf

This December Sport RCT has decided to bring the 12 Days of Christmas to life in RCT with 12 days of giveaways starting Tuesday December 1st.

Sports clubs must email Sport RCT via sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk with the following information in order to be entered in to the Prize Draw.
*Name of club
*Contact name & number
*Website and/or Social media account (FB/Twitter)
*Tell us about something special that you have done/achieved this year (attach a photo if possible)
Club entries must be received before 5.00pm on November 27th in order to be included. 
 

A prize draw will be made each day at midday and winners will be announced via Sport RCT social media.
Club stories will be posted to social media including any information or photographs submitted with entry.
Winners are chosen at random and clubs are not guaranteed a prize.
A maximum of three entries are allowed per sports club – only one entry can be made by the same age group/section.
To stay up to date please follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook: @sportrct / www.facebook.com/RCTCBCsport

Milestone for Ponty parkrun

November 11th: 100th race takes place in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park

The first Pontypridd parkrun took place on October 12th 2013. Following support from Sport RCT and Pontypridd Town Council the event got off to a flying start with 168 runners. 25 months later its time to celebrate the 100th event!

This Saturday, November 14th, will see runners line up in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park for the hundredth time, and organisers are planning something special. This event is run entirely by volunteers which is a feat in itself, and it has survived thanks to the immense support of the local community and Pontypridd Roadents Running Club. We would like to congratulate all involved on reaching this milestone, and long may it continue.

If you would like to support this event as a volunter please get involved - visit their website: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/pontypridd/ and following their social media accounts:
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pontypriddparkrun/ 
Twitter: @pontyparkrun

For those of you looking to run, it is a free 5K which starts at 9.00am every Saturday morning. Visit the website to register!  

The Santa Run returns

November 5th: Dare Valley Country Park set to be invaded by Santas

This year the Dragons Running Club will be hosting the Santa Run for the first time in Dare Valley Country Park on 6th December. Two runs are available, with a 5k run following the Lap the Lake Route, and a 2k fun run for the family around the lake.

The Race:  The 5k run will start at 10.30am and the 2k run will start at 10.40am. Please ensure you are there in plenty of time to register and collect your santa suit.  The start and finish are both at the DVCP Centre.  There will be a warm up at 10.15am outside the centre, and a race briefing at 10.25am.

Entry:  You can enter here at Entry Central or payment can be made at Dare Valley Country Park in cash. Entry costs £8 for adults and £4 for children. All adults will receive a santa suit and all children will receive a finishers medal.  Santa Suits are limited so may not be available to those people entering on the day, depending on total numbers.

On the day registration:  From 9.30am in the Centre reception area.

Race Briefing:  Just before the event start at 10.25am

General Information:  Parking will be available in the centre and details will be forwarded to you. 

Entries are welcome on the day ONLY IF there are spaces remaining.

Online entries will close at midnight 5th December unless capacity has already been reached. EntryCentral will show the race as 'Closed' after this time. Please note that this refers to online entries only. Entries will still be accepted on race day if available.

To enter either go to Entry Central and pay online, or you can pay in cash at Dare Valley Country Park.

https://www.entrycentral.com/DragonsSantaRun

Girls rugby takes off in the Rhondda

November 2nd: Rhondda Girls U15 team going from strength to strength

There are great things happening in the Rhondda with girls rugby and here is an update on a current project that is being led by Mark Hutton from Wattstown.

Rhondda Girls Rugby u15's: 28 players currently registered with at least 22 attending one of the two weekly training sessions. 6 new girls have joined in the last 2 weeks, with girls traveling from across the Rhondda.

The team played its 3rd game last Sunday and secured they first win over Pencoed. Take a look at the photo below to see some of the action.

With support from Sport RCT the team have secured a Sport Wales Community Chest grant for equipment and coach courses for two U18s players that help out with training sessions.

Parents are getting involved too - volunteering to support the team with organising fixtures, transport, washing the kit etc.

Great links have been made with the 5x60 Officers in the Rhondda schools who have encouraged and supported their young girls to try the Community sessions.

Below is a link to a WRUTV production that has helped to advertise the team and encourage more young girls to have a go!

http://supporters.wru.co.uk/matchdaytv/?play=media&id=21428

May this fantastic work continue and help to grow girls rugby in RCT!

Netball November kicks off

November 1st: Welsh Netball initiative aims to create excitment

It is the 1st of November and that means that it is the start of Welsh Netball​'s Netball November.

Would you like to join a netball club? Visit our website to find your local team. Search for your next club at www.sportrct.co.uk

Young Ambassador of the month hails from RCT

October 28th: Great achievement for Bronnie

One of our Gold Young Ambassadors has been named “Young Ambassador of the Month” for October. Here is some information about Bronnie:

School: Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun
Home Town: Aberdare, RCT
Young Ambassador level: Gold Young Ambassador
I have been a YA since: May 2015  

What has been your favourite moment as a YA so far?
My favourite moment so far has been working with participants of all abilities and ages at the recent Wheelchair Sport Spectacular in Cardiff. I became involved after attending Disability Inclusion Training in my local authority, and was offered the opportunity to volunteer at the event. Myself and another Silver YA from my school went along and found it to be a fantastic opportunity and volunteered for over 40 hours over the four day event

What are your main roles as a Young Ambassador in your school/ community?
I am a Gold Young Ambassador for my school and RCT, but also am involved in a number of different opportunities such as being a Young Leader for Duke of Edinburgh, leader in training for Girl Guiding Cymru, Silver Hockey YA and a coach for Urdd Gobaith Cymru. As a Gold YA my aim is for pupils to get hooked on sport for life from a younger age. To do this I speak at school assemblies, organise after school sessions in different sports such as weight-lifting, free-running and volleyball, and also promote community clubs such as swimming to parents and pupils who may not otherwise be aware that they are running.  

Who is your sporting hero and why?
My inspiration has to be Tanni Grey-Thompson.  I love her passion for sport and her attitude that if she can do it as a disabled person, anyone can. I really like her personality and her determination, and this has inspired me from a young age.  

What do you hope to achieve as a YA?
I just want to keep enjoying the experience as a Young Ambassador and want others to see participants like myself and other Young Ambassadors out there who want to see other young people enjoying...

Jordan shortlisted as Young Coach of the Year

October 27th: Sport Awards 2015 finalists announced

The 2015 Wales Sport Awards finalists have been announced by Sport Wales​. Congratulations Jordan Rosser on being shortlisted as a finalist for the Young Coach of the Year category. Jordan is a huge inspiration for his peers and we wish him all the best for the awards on December 7th.
Jordan is a Sport RCT Future Champion and also a member of the Golf Development Wales Youth Panel. He is helping to shape the future of Junior Welsh Golf and has volunteered and assisted in coaching for over 200 young people this year.
Well Done Jordan!

Good Luck Rhys Jones!!

October 20th: Rhondda boy heads to Doha for World Championships

The 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha are nearly here. The Championships are running from October 21st until the 31st! Our very own Rhys Jones is there as part of Team GB competing in the T37 100m. Rhys' qualifying heat will be on Friday the 30th of October, with the final taking place the next day.
GOOD LUCK RHYS!

Keep up to date with Sport RCT

October 15th: Sport RCT social media

If you want to stay in touch with Sport RCT daily then make sure you are following us on social media. In August we kicked off a new Facebook page as well as a Twitter account. We post daily about community and school sport. If you are looking for a new team or you want to keep your finger on the pulse with sport in RCT then make sure you are tracking our social media accounts.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RCTCBCsport Twitter: @sportrct

#Hocktober month inspiring children in to sport

October 10th Hockey Wales campaign in its second year

In 2014 Hockey Wales and Sport RCT teamed up to delivery #Hocktober. It was a month full of hockey promotion that aimed to raise awareness, create enthusiasm and encourage more people in to hockey.

For 2015 Hockey Wales has decided to take #Hocktober national and make it bigger and better. But dont worry there are plenty of events happening in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Hockey Wales​ Dads and Lads fun Hockey festival
Sunday 25th October 
University of South Wales Sports Park on Treforest Industial Estate.
10am-2pm / £2.50 per person
Lads: 7-16 years
Dads: any age!

Hockey Wales #HOCKTOBER camp
Tuesday 27 - Thursday 29th October
Hawthorn High School
7-16 years
£5.00 (includes Hockey Wales affiliation)

For information on both events contact Bev on: 07999 825762

BIG weekend for Welsh sport

October 7th: Wales double header set to excite audiences

With the Welsh rugby team having a guaranteed spot in a World Cup Quarter Final, the Welsh football team could secure qualification for EURO 2016 by taking a point on Saturday.

Manager Chris Coleman's men go into the final Group B qualifiers - away to
Bosnia-Herzegovina in Zenica this Saturday and home against Andorra on 13 October - knowing that just a point will guarantee them a place at a major finals for the first time since 1958.

Earlier in the day on Saturday Wales face Australia in their final group game, which will determine who they play in their Quarter final match. Australia and Wales have both reached the quarter-finals, with this weekend's match deciding who finishes top of Pool A. The group winners are likely to face either Scotland or Japan next, with South Africa the expected opponents for the runners-up.

Wales v Australia: 16:45
Wales v Bosnia-Herzegovina: 19:45

Welsh victorious over England

September 29th: Another update on our 2013 Young Sports Personality of the year

Amy Williams played for the Welsh Mixed Bowls team in a test series against England last weekend at Stanley International Bowls Centre, County Durham, and Wales came back with a great win.

It is played on a similar format to the Ryder cup and they won the series 6 matches to 5. Triples and mixed Pairs were played on the first day and Wales finished with the upper hand at 3 - 2.

The second day had 6 singles matches; 4 mixed matches, one men's game and one women's game.

Amy was last to play, the score changed as matches progressed, 3 - 3, then 4 - 3 Wales, then 4 -4, 5 - 4 to England, then 5 - 5, so it came down to the final match of Amy vs Lauren Copeland.

Despite sitting down from 9am to 6pm watching her team-mates, Amy started off brilliantly and took the first set easily, she continued this form into the second set and again won the set to win both her match and the series, a great day of bowling by all the team.

There were 3 Cynon Valley players in the 6 strong Welsh Team. Amy, Ross Owen and Dai Prosser, the other 3 were Kelly Packwood of Newport, David Harding of Cardiff and Pauline Price of Merthyr.

Amy remains at the top of her game

September 17th: An update on our 2013 Young Sports Personality of the year

RCT employee Amy Williams continued her winning ways during the past 2014 - 2015 Indoor Bowls season by picking up not only her fourth consecutive Welsh Under 25 Singles title, and her first Senior Open Singles title, but also Silver Medal at the World Under 25 championships.

She will also represent Wales in the forthcoming International Mixed Series against England, at Stanley Indoor Bowls Centre, County Durham on the 26th & 27th September - this event being televised on Sky's British Eurosport 2 Channel on September 28th & 29th.

This will be the start of another busy season, with Amy again representing Wales at her 5th Consecutive World Under 25 Championship in Scotland during the first week of December, hoping to go one better than last year and bring the title back to Wales. This will be followed in early 2016 by the Under 25 and Senior International series, along with playing in the Junior & Senior Singles Competitions at the 2016 British Isles championships to be held at Llanelli, and finally the Blue Riband event of the season, the Senior World Championships to be held on the island of Jersey in April 2016.

Amy will also be part of the coaching team, along with other British & Welsh Champions, at the Open Day being held at her club, the Cynon Valley Indoor Bowls Centre in Mountain Ash on October 10th 2015, where everyone is welcome to come and try the sport of Indoor Bowls for free, and see that this is a sport enjoyed by all ages.

Water Polo European Championships

September 2nd: Hard work pays off for three RCT teenagers

THREE RCT teenagers are preparing to represent Wales in the European Championships in Prague this month – thanks to the success they have enjoyed as members of Cwm Draig Water Polo Club.

Shannon Lewis-Griffiths, 17, Faye Warren, 15 and Darrah Jones-Reddy, 14, will compete for Wales in the European Under-18s Championships from September 4-6, fresh from their success in the Four Nations Championship in Swansea last year, where they also represented Wales.

This is the first time Wales has entered a team in the under-18 Ladies Championships and all at Cwm Draig Water Polo Club will be cheering the trio on.

It is hoped they can repeat the success of the Cwm Draig male members, three of whom represented Wales in the Men’s under-18 championships earlier this year in Malta.

Shannon, Faye and Darrah are among Cwm Draig Water Polo members who train at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s fantastic new Sobell Leisure Centre in Aberdare every Thursday from 8pm to 9.30pm.

The club also has a minis section which meets from 4pm to 5pm in Sobell Leisure Centre.

Always welcoming new members, Cwm Draig Water Polo is a friendly group offering an exciting and different kind of aquatic sporting opportunities. Perfect for those who are confident swimmers and have completed the Waves in junior swimming lessons.

If you are interested in getting involved, contact Darryl Ward on 07854 736157 or email cwmdraigpc@gmail.com

Don’t forget to use the online club finder or contact a member of the Sport RCT team if you are looking for information or inspiration on sporting activities you, your friends or your family can enjoy.

Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa

August 30th: Three girls from Aberdare head to Samoa

Three girls from Aberdare have been selected to represent Team Wales in Samoa at the Youth Commonwealth Games. The Games start on September 5th and teenagers from all over the world will compete in nine sports. Ellie Pryor, current Welsh Champion for her age group will compete in Weightlifting. Ellie is 13 and competes with Breeze's Weightlifting Academy.

Emilia Stevenson and Sophie Evans are both swimmers and have grown up as friends in Aberdare. All three of the girls are current students at YG Rhydywaun.

There will be regular updates on the girls' progress posted on the Sport RCT Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RCTCBCSport
We wish all of the girls the best of luck and we will be following their progress!

Valleys POD Club Open Weekend 

August 15th: RCT and Merthyr Hockey clubs working together

On Saturday September 5th there will be a National Club Open Weekend event at the University of South Wales sports park. The event will run from 10am to 2pm and there will be lots of opportunities to get involved. Rhondda Ladies HC, Llan & Llan LHC and Dowlais Ladies HC will be playing junior and senior matches as part of a Valleys POD tourament. There will also be 4689 (Junior) and Rush (Adult) sessions free to people of all ages and abilities. We welcome anyone interested in hockey to come along. You can watch, get involved or just meet the teams!

Sport RCT get social

August 4th: Facebook and Twitter will compliment the website

Sport RCT have launched new Facebook and Twitter accounts. Social media will be used to compliment the fully-functional website and also to engage with the public. It will allow the team to inform members of the public on projects, events and the sports clubs in their areas.

Follow us at:
@sportrct (Twitter)
www.facebook.com/RCTCBCSport

Welsh Netball Team Arrive in Tasmania

July 27th: Netball World Cup final preparations for Wales
Wales started their World Cup journey on Friday 24th July from Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff. The team have now arrived in Tasmania safely ahead of the start of the World Cup on August 7th. The team will prepare for the World Cup with games against Scotland, Tassie Spirit and the Australia Centre of Excellence.

Sydney 2015 will be the 14th Netball World Cup, taking place between Friday 7th and Sunday 16th of August at the Allphones Arena and other netball central venues within Sydney's Olympic Park. Two RCT players are part of the 12-strong squad: Chelsea Lewis and Lateisha Kidner. Wales are grouped with Fiji, Uganda and Zambia. You can follow all of the action at: http://nwc2015.com.au/ 

Feeling Inspired yet?!

June 29th: Football fever
Whether you are male or female, old or young, there are plenty of reasons to feel inspired about football at the moment.
An unforgettabe evening in Cardiff on June 12th saw Wales top the table in Group B of the EURO Qualifiers. Welsh fans were treated to a superb team performance and a goal from Gareth Bale that set the Welsh team apart from their Belgian competition. For 57 years Wales have been absent from major tournaments but now Chris Coleman's team are looking to change that.
Whilst over in Canada female teams are fighting it out for the Womens World Cup. Wales failed to qualifiy for the competition but as a nation we can be very proud of Mark Sampson, the England head coach. England have performed brilliantly reaching the Semi finals of the competition for the first time ever. England beat host nation Canada 2-1 on the weekend, progressing through to play Japan in the last four.
If you would like to play football, or even coach like Mark - our website can help you!
On the homepage there are links to a sports club search (showing you all of your local clubs) and a volunteer portal (where you can volunteer in your local community). Get inspired and get involved!!

Ladies - Get fit and have fun this summer!

June 25th: Lots of new opportunities to get active this summer 
If you are female and you are looking to get active this summer then look no further than Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd. A womens rounders league will be running every Tuesday, and junior basketball sessions will take place each Saturday.
Ladies Rounders Summer League
Tuesdays 6.00-7.30pm
July 21st to August 25th
Cricket Pitch, YWMP, Pontypridd
Teams of 8 - £25 entry (enter before July 17)
Contact: Hannah Bevan - 07581 268911 (hannah.activevalleys@gmail.com)
Girls Basketball Sessions
Saturdays 10.00-12.00pm
July 18th to August 29th
Basketball Court, YWMP, Pontypridd
8-15 years
FREE
Contact: Jon Bunyan - 07803 160844 (fairplaysports@hotmail.co.uk)  

Wimbledon fever set to hit Treorchy!

June 24th: Free tennis sessions for women during Wimbledon
Rhondda Lawn Tennis club are embracing Wimbledon fever and offering two free taster sessions for Women and Girls. We encourage females to go along and give it a go. Detail are:
Wednesday 1st and Wednesday 8th of July
4.00pm - 8.00pm
Come and try taster sessions free to any women and girls
Club address: Rhondda LTC, Ystradfechan Park, Treorchy, CF42 6HL
Contact: John Davies - 07825 670881 - www.rhonddatennisclub.org.uk

Welsh Women out to improve ranking

June 12th: Welsh Women 7s team head to Russia for Rugby Europe Grand Prix
The Wales Women Sevens Squad is currently ranked ninth in Europe, and they are determined to improve that. The Rugby Europe Grand Prix first leg takes place in Kavan, Russia this weekend (June 13/14), with the second leg being held in France next weekend (June 20/21).
The team claimed the Bowl in both legs of the competition last year, giving them their 9th place ranking. The selected squad of twelve are aiming for the Plate competition this year which will give them the opportunity to claim a ranking of 5th to 8th.
To achieve this the squad will need to perform on day 1 in their group games against England, Netherlands and Germany. The top two teams progress to the Plate competition.
With such talent emerging through the system of womens rugby in Wales, there are seven players (out of a squad of 12) gaining their first taste of international sevens action.
We wish all of the new and more experienced players good luck this weekend!!
Pob Lwc!
 

Female lifters head to Austria 

June 8th: Commonwealth Athlete and Future Champions take on Junior Battle 
Christie Williams, Ellie Pryor, Taylor Addicott and Leah Timms visited Austria for the Weightlifting Junior Battle this weekend. Christie competed in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games last year and has since been training very hard at her club, Breeze's Gym. Ellie, Taylor and Leah are all part of the RCT Future Champions programme with a very bright future ahead of them. 
It was a successful weekend for Wales with two medals returning back to RCT. Christie Williams was crowned the U23's champion, and Ellie Pryor brought home an U17 Silver medal. Taylor and Leah missed out on the medals placing 6th and 7th.
Well done girls!!

Fantastic performances from Team Wales

May 20th: Wales take Second place 
From May 14th to 17th the Netball Europe Open Championships were held in Belfast. The results were as follows:
1st - England
2nd - Wales
3rd - Northern Ireland
4th - Scotland
Wales drew 53-53 with Northern Ireland, had an impressive 43-28 win over Scotland and suffered and unfortunate loss to England 69-32.
In addition to the Netball Europe fixtures Wales played against South Africa and Trinidad & Tobago. They played very well against T&T with a 72-42 victory. Both RCT girls Lateisha Kidner and Chelsea Lewis had fantastic performances and made valuable contributions to the team.

Netball Europe takes over Belfast

May 11th: Nine teams travel to Belfast for Netball spectacular
From May 14th to 17th the Netball Europe Open Championships will take place at the Antrim Form in Belfast. The Championships feature England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as world number six South Africa and Trinidad & Tobago, ranked ninth in the world.
In addition to the main competition between the high performance nations a seperate development section, featuring Malta, Ireland and Switzerland will also take place. For the first time all 21 matches will be streamed live allowing fans to keep an eye on the action.
Following very competitive trials, training camps and training sessions a final squad of 12 have been selected to represent Wales at the Championships, including two RCT ladies. Chelsea Lewis and Lateisha Kidner will both represent their country. Chelsea from Aberdare competed at the Commonwealth Games last year, however this is the first senior Championships for Lateisha. We wish them both, along with the rest of the team the very best of luck!!
If you would like to find your local netball club please use the Sports Club search on this website.

Porth Harlequins Ladies lift the Vase

May 11th: A successful day in Llandovery for Porth Harlequins Ladies
Yesterday saw the Super Cup Finals take place in Llandovery and it was fantastic exhibition of the womens game. All ten teams played with determination and there were some fantastic performances. The results were:
Vase: Wattstown 15 - 19 Porth Harlequins
Bowl: Haverfordwest 17 - 8 Ynysybwl
Plate: Pencoed 26 - 19 Seven Sisters
U18s Cup: Wattstown 3 - 54 Cardiff Quins
Cup: Skewen 31 - 12 Pontyclun Falcons
Congratulations to all teams that made it to the finals and a special Congratulations to RCT team Porth Harlequins Ladies for winning the Vase final!!
If you would like to find your local womens rugby team please use the Sports Club search feature on this website.

RCT Women head to the Super Cup

May 7th: Five more RCT Clubs at the pinnacle of Welsh rugby
Following the fantastic performances at the SWALEC Cup Finals by RCT male teams, it is time for the women to take their turn. On Sunday May 10th ten teams will make their way to Llandovery to take part in the Super Cup finals day. There are five matches to be contested and the teams line up as follows:
Vase final: Wattstown vs Porth Harlequins
Bowl final: Haverfordwest vs Ynysybwl
Plate final: Pencoed vs Seven Sisters
U18s Cup final: Wattstown vs Cardiff Quins
Cup final: Skewen vs Pontyclun Falcons
Tickets are available on the door and we encourage lots of support for the RCT teams.
To find your local rugby take a look at the Sports Club Search on this website.
Results from last weekend's SWALEC Cup finals - 

Bowl: Cambrian Welfare 12 - 17 Ysytradgynlais
Plate: Ystrad Rhondda 25 - 17 Newcastle Emlyn
Cup: Pontypridd 15 - 19 Bridgend
Congratulations to Ystrad Rhondda, and commiserations to Cambrian and Pontypridd.

RCT teams lead the way to SWALEC Cup Finals

April 28th: Three RCT clubs will be represented at the SWALEC Cup Finals on Sunday May 3rd at the Millennium Stadium
Three big matches await three RCT clubs, as the countdown to the SWALEC Cup finals day continues. On May 3rd six teams will run out on to the field in front of thousands of spectators. This is how the teams match up:
SWALEC Bowl: Cambrian Welfare vs Ysytradgynlais
SWALEC Plate: Ystrad Rhondda vs Newcastle Emlyn
SWALEC Cup: Pontypridd vs Bridgend
Tickets are available from the WRU and we encourage lots of support for the RCT teams. To find your local rugby take a look at the Sports Club Search on this website.

Golf and Tennis sessions in Pontypridd

April 14th: Ynysangharad War Memorial Park kicks off the summer with some family sport
Each summer Ynysangharad War Memorial Park is full of children playing sport. The pitch and putt course allows all ages and abilities the chance to take part in golf, and there are lessons provided by Valleys Golf Enterprise. The tennis courts are always a hive of activity with Pontypridd Tennis Club running sessions each Monday.
On Saturday April 25th there will be a free taster morning for families to come and try golf and tennis together. From 10.30am to 1.00pm the free taster sessions will be provided by qualified coaches, with all equipment provided. There is no need to book so come along with your children to have fun in the sun.
Following the taster day the following sessions will take place in the park throughout the summer:
Pontypridd Tennis
Every Monday - cost £2.50
4.15pm - 5.00pm: Age 4-6 years (bilingual)
5.00pm - 6.00pm: Age 7-12 years (welsh)
6.00pm - 7.00pm: Age 7-12 years (english)

7.00pm - 8.00pm: Adult (Starting June 1st)
Golf Lessons
Every Wednesday - cost £2.50
5-6pm: Age 5-7 and 8-11 years
For more information on both the tennis and the golf please call the park on 01443 404699.

Rush Hockey to start in Abercwmboi

April 12th: Active Valleys to lead the first RCT Rush Hockey centre
On April 19th six weeks of RUSH Hockey sessions will begin in Abercwmboi RFC. With support from Sport RCT Active Valleys will run the sessions each Sunday from 6-7pm. The sessions are for women of all ages and abilities, with no previous hockey experience necessary. All equipment is provided and there will be qualified coaches and umpires present. Rush Hockey is a smaller, faster version of the game with less rules. The equipment is slightly altered, with lighter bigger balls making it easier for beginners.
Why not go along to Abercwmboi RFC 3G this sunday at 6pm to give it a go?

Breeze's open weekend looks for Weightlifting talent

March 11th: Breeze's Gym holds an open weekend for new members
With support from Sport RCT Michaela Breeze is holding an open weekend at Breeze's Gym in order to recruit and identify new weightlifting talent. There will be free sessions on March 13th, 14th and 15th available to all ages and abilities. Since the Gym has opened Michaela has developed some incredible talent including Christie Williams that competed at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. There are also a number of young lifters developing including Ellie Pryoy and Taylor Addicott, two members of the Sport RCT Future Champions programme. Ellie will travel to Samoa later this year to compete in the Youth Games. Please contact the Gym for more details.

Dance fever across RCT primary schools

February 23rd: girls from primary schools all over RCT take part in dance project
As part of the Sport RCT women and girls focus for 2015 the Junior Sport team provided 6 dance festivals for primary school aged girls. Over 900 girls attended and the festivals were a huge success. Following the festivals there were four weeks of free dance sessions in four venues throughout RCT, providing extra tuition and a chance for more girls to experience dance.
Over 30 dance routines were submitted by primary schools to Sport RCT as part of the 'Feel the Beat' competition.
Winners were chosen by Tip Tops dance company, based in the Rhondda. The winning schools were:
Rhondda - Gelli Primary
Cynon - Caegarw Primary
Taff - Pontyclun Primary
Sport RCT would like to thank all schools that took part in the Feel the Beat project and also the three dance schools that supported the festivals: Tip Tops, Streetwise and RSD.

Racketball takes off in Rhondda Fach

January 20th: new Racketball sessions celebrate Squash legacy month
January is Squash legacy month in RCT and to celebrate there are Racketball taster sessions in Rhondda Fach Sports Centre. The sessions start on January 20th and will take place on Tuesday at 5.30pm for four weeks. The sessions are being coaches by student for the University of South Wales and all equipment is provided.

RCT Sports Clubs full of talent

December 17th: sporting success and national recognition for sports clubs
2014 has been an incredible year for sport in Rhondda Cynon Taf with many reasons to celebrate! In March 71 young athletes were welcomed on to the RCT Future Champions Programme and throughout the year a number of them gained International Honours. In May the Queen’s Baton Relay visited Aberdare and in July Team Wales travelled to Glasgow and subsequently had their most successful Commonwealth Games ever! Many of our schools and sports clubs have had success too; both regionally and nationally.
Sport in Rhondda Cynon Taf would not be sustainable if it was not for the volunteers working in schools, clubs and community facilities. We thank all of them and celebrate the work that they do.

Here are just a handful of the achievements that we are aware of:
  • Twenty one RCT residents were given the opportunity to carry the Queen’s Baton Relay during its tour through Wales. One Baton Bearer Norman Richards of Tonyrefail had participated in the very first QBR in 1958.
  • Donna Marshall from Taffs Well RFC was named the Volunteer of the Year at the Wales Sport Awards.
  • Future Champion Ellie Pryor lifted a 105kg total and qualified for the Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games.
  • Pontyclun Primary travelled to the Millennium Stadium to play Langstone Primary School in the U11 Millennium Schools final. They triumphed 21-0 and were crowned Under 11 Schools Champions.
  • Andy Jones of Ton and Gelli BGC was voted the winner of the FAW Trust People’s Award.
  • Future Champion Jesse Frost was accepted in to the GB Target Tokyo phase 2 group, in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games.
  • Martine Griffiths of Martine’s Action Pack received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Welsh Gymnastics Awards for her work with Aerobic Gymnatics.
  • 19 RCT athletes travelled to Glasgow to represent Team Wales: Michaela Breeze and Christie Williams (Weightlifting), Mark Harding (Lawn Bowls), Chelsea Lewis (Netball), Ria Male (Hockey), Danielle Stirrat and Chloe Tutton (Swimming), Joe Thomas, Rhys Jones and Carys Parry (Athletics), Adam Thomas, Rhys Webber and Jevon Grove (Rugby Sevens), Joel Makin (Squash), Carol Bridge (Triathlon), Stephen Jenkins, Ryan Jenkins and Conor Edwards (Table Tennis) & Clinton Purnell (Gymnastics).
  • Future Champion Jordan Rosser received many honours including Champion at the England Disabled Golf Association Race to Burhill and a PGS/Handa Award.
  • The Bike Doctor Cycling Club was a finalist in the Welsh Cycling Club of the Year Award.
  • After her return from retirement Michaela Breeze performed brilliantly in Glasgow, earning herself a Bronze Medal with a total of 202kg in the competition.
  • Future Champion Taylor Addicott became Welsh Record holder for Weightlifting in the U13 58kg+ category and the 63kg category for U14, U15 and u16.
  • Emily James from Martine’s Action Pack was named the Most Promising Aerobic Gymnast of the Year at the Welsh Gymnastics Awards.
  • Rhys Jones not only won a Bronze medal in the T37 100m at Glasgow 2014, but he returned home to compete in the IPC Championships in Swansea and managed to secure himself another Bronze medal!
  • Future Champion Beth Richards became number one U13 Table Tennis player in Wales.
  • Over 50 new Bronze Ambassadors were trained up to become sporting role models in their primary schools.
  • Steve Dyer of Ely Valley FC and Rachel Davies from the Urdd were named as finalists at the Wales Sports Awards.
  • Tony Dally from Taff Ely Triathlon club was named British Triathlon Coach of the Year.
  • Future Champion Gean Sun Mo joined the High Performance group with Welsh Badminton.
  • Hannah Bevan from Rhondda Ladies Hockey Club was named Hockey Wales Volunteer of the Year.
  • Martine’s Action Pack had a fantastic time at the British Championships in October winning five out of seven categories.
  • Paul Jenkins from South Wales Pirates Wheelchair Rugby club was named the Coach to Disabled People at the Wales Sport Awards.
  • Future Champion Emily Pearce joined the High Performance development groups in both Athletics and Shooting.
  • WCKA Rhigos were awarded ‘Club of the Year’ by WCKA.
We are aware that lots more schools, clubs and individuals have had sporting success this year. If you have any news for us then please get in touch by emailing us at sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk

GIRLS ONLY Christmas Soccer Schools

December 10th: Cardiff City FC delivering "drop and shop" football sessions
The following Soccer schools cater for all skills levels and abilities and offer players access to quality coaching through fun, structured coaching sessions. All parents will recieve a FREE Park & Ride ticket in to Cardiff city centre with each booking.
Christmas Drop & Shop - Soccer school and afternoon tournament (£20 fee)
Tuesday December 23rd 8.30am - 3.00pm @ Cardiff City Stadium
6 – 14 years old

Street Soccer and afternoon rubylicious reindeer street dance (£20 fee)
Tuesday December 30th @ Cardiff City Stadium
6-14 year olds
For more information please contact Damian Flynn on 07791182864 or email damian.flynn@cardiffcity.co.uk

Jordan is a Future Champion

December 2nd: Jordan Rosser has a bright future ahead of him
Teenage golf sensation Jordan Rosser hopes to one day emulate the success of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes - he has already been earmarked as a ‘Future Champion.’ Having overcome many obstacles during his life so far, Jordan, 15, is currently the only golfer on the Council’s Future Champions 2014 programme. The Future Champions programme comprises of 71 young people from 14 Commonwealth sports, between the ages of 11 and 17, each of whom have been identified due to the sporting promise they show. Each now works with the Council’s Sport RCT team to secure additional support and training, including access to workshops on psychology and educational advice to ensure they remain at the top of their game. It is the ultimate aim of each of these sportsmen and women to one day become a part of the successful Team Wales as they strive to become Welsh, Commonwealth and Olympic champions. Jordan, who has Autism, Tourette Syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), is currently studying at home for his GCSE’s next summer. He is busy juggling his schoolwork with his sporting dream – and says he would not be able to do this without his mother. 
Living in the Rhondda Valley, Jordan already has a glittering array of trophies to his name. He is delighted to be a part of the Council’s Future Champions 2014 project, and one day hopes to carve a successful career in his chosen sport. With the love and support of his mother, Jordan is already firmly established in golfing circles, having only taken up the sport seriously just three years ago. His mother, his full-time carer, drives Jordan to all of his golf tournaments and training sessions. She is so proud of his sporting achievements to date and describes it all as a “labour of love”. Jordan said: “It has been a very long road for me with my disabilities, and I could not achieve what I have so far without my mother. She is always there for me. I also have hyper-mobility, knock knee, crow’s feet, fallen arches and I use a hearing aid. My knees and feet affect my golf a lot and cause a lot of pain and discomfort on the course. My autism also causes problems on the golf course - but I overcome all of these adversities with the help of my mother.” 
Jordan’s home club is Rhondda Golf Club and it allows him to use the disabled rules to take part in mainstream competitions. He also plays regularly with the Disabled Golf Association, and in 2013 he became the first recipient of the 2013 Race To Wales Trophy due to his consistent play, determination and hard work. He shone through as one of the exciting new talents of the tour. Jordan hopes to one day become a PGA-qualified teaching professional and an ISPS Handa coach to other disabled golfers, just like his coach Craig Thomas. He is currently on a four-year development plan with PGA Professional golfer David Pocock. The Future Champions programme is part of the Council’s Sport RCT Glasgow 2014 legacy, working to provide talented young people from across the County Borough with advice, guidance, financial aid and opportunities to reach their full potential in their chosen sport. Sport RCT’s Future Champions project has been developed by the Council following research by Sport Wales which states that the further an elite sportsperson lives away from the M4 corridor in South Wales, the less likely they are to pursue a successful career as an international sports man or woman. 
Cllr Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport, said: “We have a wealth of home-grown talent here in Rhondda Cynon Taf, at both grass roots and at international level. We are proud to provide opportunities for our young sports stars like Jordan Rosser in their bid to reach their full potential in sport and in life. Our Future Champions project aims to engage, educate and inspire even more young people to continue participating in sport by providing workshops and clinics, peer support networks and financial aid.” 
Jordan’s golfing success to date includes: 
  • Junior British Disabled Open 2012, 4th 
  • Disabled Golf Association Race to Wales, Peterstone Lakes, 2013, 1st 
  • Disabled Golf Association Race to Wales, Brynmeadows, 2013, 1st 
  • Disabled Golf Association Race to Wales, Glamorganshire, 2013, 1st 
  • Disabled Golf Association, Wales v England (played for Wales), 2013 
  • Pontypridd Golf Club, Outstanding Achievement Award 2013 
  • Disabled Golf Association Race to Wales Tour 2013, overall champion 
  • Disabled Golf Association, Wales v England (played for Wales), 2014 
  • England Disabled Golf Association Race to Burhill, 2014, 1st 
  • Rhondda Golf Club, Junior Easter Bowl 2014, 1st 
  • Rhondda Golf Club, Gareth Hughes Trophy 2014, 1st 
  • Rhondda Golf Club, Wyn Hughes Centenary Cup 2014, 1st 
  • PGS/Handa Award 2014

Martine's Action Pack flying high at British Championships

November 6th: Hard work pays off for Martine Griffiths and her gymnasts
Kayleigh Silva is crowned the 2014 British Senior Champion as Valleys Gymnasts take five out of seven categories at the Aerobic British Championships on October 11th and 12th October in Surrey Park, Guilford. On 15th November Kayleigh is up for selection for the 2015 British Aerobic Team for the European Olympics in Baku in June 2015.
Kayleigh SilvaKayleigh achieved the highest difficulty, execution and artistic scores to convincingly win both rounds at the British Championship and produced a personal best score to take the title in a very hard fought final. Since  September 2013, as well as this crowning glory, Kayleigh has also brought home to the Welsh Valleys, an international medal in every colour and competed at the European Championships as the top-ranked Senior British Female.
Kayleigh is a gymnast at Martine’s Action Pack, a volunteer-run aerobic gymnastic club, traning in the Sobell Sports Centre, Aberdare and the Rhondda Sports Centre, Ystrad. Head coach Martine Griffiths said  ‘'It’s the first time for us to have a Senior British Champion and we are thrilled. Kayleigh won an exceptionally hard category and I think everyone at Surrey Park witnessed something special when she performed in both the qualification and the final round. Kayleigh has achieved all this after a 7 month lay-off due to injury. She’s an outstanding athlete and role model and her success is testament to her faultless training ethic and sheer determination.''
Martine’s Action Pack gymnasts had a dream of a competition, to win five out of seven categories and take four Championships Titles: Along with Kayleigh, Mia Bernardo and  Emily James  were  title winners and Teegan  Owens – Anthony and Sophie Roberts  joined Emily James to maintain an  exceptional winning streak to take  the Trio category title, making it three in a row for them in 2014. Sorina Nistor also gave an elegant and faultless performance  to win her category but unfortunately she could not be presented with the gold as she is currently waiting passport approval.
Welsh Gymnastics said ‘'Gymnastics within Wales is enjoying one of the most rewarding years in recent history. Proving beyond doubt that the Glasgow Commonwealth Games were a springboard for the sport, Wales is continuing to punch above its weight in terms of scores, titles and achievements within the UK and International gymnastics’ scene. Welsh Gymnastics are exceptionally proud of all the amazing results achieved by the gymnasts at Martine’s Action Pack. Well done to all.'‘

Welsh Karate team make historic breakthrough

October 22nd: First Welsh team in history to travel to the Olympic International Association recognised World Karate Federation World Championships in Germany
The Welsh Karate Governing Body for Karate in Wales (recognised by Sport Wales) is making an Historic first next month. Their Welsh Team will travel to the Olympic International Association recognised World Karate Federation World Championships in Bremen, Germany. The 11 strong team will contain 2 disability students - Darlene Foster from Pontypridd and Stuart Smith from Tonyrefail. It will be the first ever World Karate Championships to include Disability Categories.
The team under the directorship of National Coaches Hugh Ruse & Chico Mbakwe have been training hard for this unique very high level tournament.
The British Olympic Association (BOA) recently announced the 14 sports/20 disciplines chasing qualification to represent Team GB in next year’s inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. Karate is included, giving WKGB Karateka the unique opportunity to be part of the GB Karate team. (More info : http://t.co/oqX0Pbn8YX )  So this makes the World Championships even more important to athletes to make a good impression.

Sport RCT are recruiting new coaches

September 4th: Sport RCT coaching team needs new coaches and volunteers
The Sport RCT Coaching Team has been in place for the last two years. The passionate and skilled coaches offer fun, inclusive multi-sport activities to people of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings. Following demand from the local communities Sport RCT would like to recruit new coaches in to the team. It doesnt matter what experience and qualifications you have - anyone can get involved. Those coaches with existing Level 2 qualifications are suitable for a Head Coach role, whilst those with Level 1 qualifications will be given an Assistant Coach role. For those that currently have no coaching qualifications there are still opportunities to be part of the team. Sport RCT run a volunteer programme with a reward scheme which allows individuals to complete coach education in exchange for volunteer hours completed. Below is a PDF with the brief job description. Contact jobsinsport@rctcbc.gov.uk or call 01443 490209 for more details.
 Sport RCT Coach Job Description 2014 

Rhys returns home with a Commonwealth Bronze Medal

July 30th: Rhys Jones achieves Bronze in the T37 100m final
Rhys medal photoOn Monday July 28th Rhys Jones competed in the T37 100m competition at Glasgow 2014. Rhys flew through his heat, coming second and securing a guaranteed qualification spot for the final. Rhys ran a time of 12.10 which was a season's best and lined up for the final as third fastest. The final took place that evening and Rhys enjoyed loud applause from the crowd as he lined up at the starting blocks. In the final Rhys got off to a great start and finished with another season's best of 12.04. Rhys came third and secured himself a Bronze medal, behind the two South African athletes Van Der Merwe and Du Toit. Rhys praised the crowd saying: "The atmosphere is electric, it's absolutely incredible". With no time to rest Rhys has returned home to start his training for the IPC Athletics European Champions in Swansea which start in a few weeks time.     

Michaela Breeze wins Commonwealth Bronze Medal

July 26th: Breeze grabs another Commonwealth medal at Glasgow 2014.
Michaela medal photoOn Saturday July 26th Michaela Breeze competed against 15 athletes from all over the Commonwealth in the 58kg Category. First Michaela lifted 93kg in the Snatch, achieving a new Games Record and putting herself in the lead. Next came the Clean and Jerk where Michaela lifted 109kg, giving herself a total of 202kg. This gave Michaela third place and a Bronze medal, behind England's Zoe Smith and Nigeria's Ndidi Winifred. Michaela retired from Weightlifting after achieving a Silver medal at the Delhi Games in 2010. Michaela was very emotional during the medal ceremony and told interviewers that she had 'no regrets'. Michaela will now retire from competition and concentrate on coaching, including fellow Team Wales athlete Christie Williams.

Team Wales announce 16 RCT athletes

June 25th: Sixteen RCT athletes will head to Glasgow in July for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Over the past few months, Team Wales have been working with National Governing Bodies to announce the teams that will travel to Glasgow in July. Rhondda Cynon Taf has a strong sporting heritage and has a very bright future with its current elite athletes and the aspiring Future Champions. Sport RCT are very proud to announce that sixteen people from Rhondda Cynon Taf will represent their country at the Commonwealth Games this summer. The athletes cover a range of ten sports including Weightlifting, Gymnastics, Swimming and Hockey. Given that a priority of Sport RCT is women and girls participation it is very pleasing to see that the gender split is 50/50, with eight females being selected.

TEAM RCT:
Weightlifting: Michaela Breeze, Christie Williams
Table Tennis: Ryan Jenkins, Stephen Jenkins, Conor Edwards
Swimming: Danielle Stirrat, Chloe Tutton
Lawn Bowls: Mark Harding
Hockey: Ria Male
Gymnastics: Clinton Purnell
Athletics: Joe Thomas, Rhys Jones, Carys Parry
Triathlon:Carol Bridge
Squash: Joel Makin
Netball: Chelsea Lewis
Ria, Manager at CCFC Community and Education Foundation who studied Sports at UWIC, said: “I am very excited about my selection. I didn’t think it was possible, but hard work and commitment has paid off. My family are overwhelmed and looking forward to travelling up to the games.”  
Conor, who is currently juggling his training with his A-Levels this summer, said: “I cannot believe I have been selected for the Commonwealth Games – it is a dream come true. When I had the email confirming my selection I just sat staring at it for ages while the message sank in.” 
Michaela, who carried the Queen's Baton when it visited Aberdare in May, said: “I am doing this with full commitment and one aim - to do Rhondda Cynon Taf and the whole of Wales proud and to give it my best in Glasgow."
Father to Lucy, aged eight  and Jack, aged 11, Mark said: “Being selected for the Games is the pinnacle of my career. It is with great pride and honour that I will go  to play in Glasgow representing Wales, and I will hopefully come home with some medals for my country, my family and friends.”
We wish all of the Rhondda Cynon Taf athletes Good Luck and we would encourage all of our residents to support them every step of the way. The 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games begin on July 23rd and will dominate our television screens until the closing ceremony on August 3rd. Follow all of the Team Wales news on their website www.teamwales.co.ukor via twitter @TeamWales

Future Champs smash records in Austria

June 24th: Three weightlifting youngsters travel to Austria and smash Welsh records
It was a weightlifting weekend to remember in Austria for three Valleys youngsters as the trio headed for their first overseas competition.
Ffion Owen aged 11, Ellie Pryor 12 and Taylor Addicott 12, took to the competitive stage.  They represented Wales, Breeze's Gym in Aberdare and the school they all attend, Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun, in their first International weightlifting competition, 'The Junior Battle' held in Lochen, Austria. 
The three girls were coached by Ray Williams from Holyhead (former Commonwealth Games Champion) and Sinead Kelly (Breeze's Managing Director and weightlifting coach).
All three girls went with the simple targets of enjoying the event, doing their best and to learn from the experience.  And do their best they certainly did.  All three achieved a 6/6 lifts with personal bests in the snatch, clean and jerk and overall total.  
Taylor Addicott - 12 years old: 
Snatch = 29 / 32 / 33           Clean & Jerk = 38 / 42 / 44 =           Total = 77kg 
Placed 7th in the over 48kg category with a bodyweight of 61.7kg 
Welsh records in 58kg+ category in the Under 13 age group.
Ffion Owen - 11 years old: 
Snatch = 31 / 34 / 36            Clean & Jerk = 42 / 44 / 46              Total = 82kg
Placed 5th in the over 48kg category with a bodyweight of 50.1kg
Welsh records in 53kg category in the U13, U14, U15, U16, U17 age group.
Ellie Pryor - 12 years old: 
Snatch = 38 / 41 / 43             Clean & Jerk = 48 / 51 / 53              Total = 96kg
Placed 3rd in the under 48kg category with a bodyweight of just 46.6kg
Welsh records in the 48kg category in the U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, U18, Junior (U20) and U23 age group.
Performance Coach Michaela Breeze, said: "The competition was open to lifters aged under 14, so not only did they lift and position well, they were giving away two-three years in age.  I cannot wait to see how they progress at this event next year. It is my ambition after the Commonwealth Games that we develop the depth in talent that we have found in just 18 months since Breeze's Gym opened.  The WelshValleys have so much talent waiting to be discovered.  Eight lifters have represented Wales in the last 18 months from Breeze's Gym.  If anyone is keen to have a go, please contact us.  All ages and abilities very welcome."

Children Tri-Golf

June 20th: Llantrisant Leisure Centre recently hosted a six-week golf hub to boost interest in the game of golf.
Over 40 children turned out regularly to try their hand at Tri-Golf, a new style of golf set up by Dragon Sport to develop a more child- friendly focus on the game of golf. Primary-aged children who participated in a recent golf festival played games run by leisure centre and club coaches used chipping and putting at targets to develop their basic technique and form. Many developed an interest in the game and are now looking to join local golf clubs to enhance their skills into the real game.If you or your child would like to find out more information about golf or would like to join a golf club, or even just find somewhere to hit a few balls once in a while, please get in touch with our team today.
Queen's Baton Relay Comes to Aberdare
May 25th: Queen's Baton Relay was paraded through the streets before being welcomed at Aberdare Festival. 
21 extraordinary people were chosen to carry the baton through the streets of Rhondda Cynon Taff, before arriving at the Aberdare Festival, held in the beautiful grounds of Aberdare Park. Hundreds braved the wet weather to welcome the Queen's Baton into the grounds, which was paraded by various sport volunteers, the baton bearers and an exciting samba band.
Upon arrival, the baton was brought onto stage by BBC Radio Wales’s Jason Mohammad, followed by music from Britain’s Got Talent finalists Only Boys Aloud, plus many other fantastic musical talents. Arena displays, festival entertainment, rides and fun fair stalls gave everyone an enjoyable experience. Sport RCT hosted a sports arena full of fun games and competitions, and allowed local residents to find out how to get involved in more sports such as judo, boxing, golf, table tennis and netball.
More information about the baton bearers can be found on the Sport RCT website, and to get involved in sport or to find information about clubs near you, please get in contact with us.

Hockey Hubs set up in RCT

March: University of South Wales sports park the venue for new Fun hockey hubs
A new and exciting opportunity was recently available for all children aged 6-16 as Hockey Wales and SportRCT and the University of South Wales came together to run a hockey fun hub each Friday 4-5pm at the University of South Wales sports park.
The fun hub was created to give young people from RCT the chance to try their hand at Hockey and hone their skills in readiness to join one of the many thriving hockey clubs locally.
Over 12 weeks of sessions run by Hockey Wales and the ActiveValleys team, 49 young people took up the opportunity to gain new skills. Feedback has been poring in for the coaching and two mums have even taken up the opportunity themselves.
One said: “Just to let you know that my daughter and I attended the hockey on Thursday evening and thoroughly enjoyed it! Everybody was really welcoming and helpful. We met Sue on the Tuesday as she has started running the after school hockey club at Parc Lewis school.
"I may even be tempted to buy my own hockey stick!!
"Thank you for giving us the details and encouragement to continue with hockey after the Fun Hub finished."
For more information on Hockey in RCT contact the Community Sport Team on 01443 490209

Hundreds turn out for Sport Relief Mile 2014

23 March: Hundreds turned out for the Sport Relief Mile in Pontypridd giving an opportunity for local residents to enjoy a leisurely morning run whilst raising money for Sport Relief
Over 300 runners showed up on a sunny Sunday morning to participate in the 2014 Sport Relief Mile. Runners of all ages completed the 1, 3 and 6 mile courses around YnysangharadWarMemorial Park to help raise money for Sport Relief. Before their run, they enjoyed an energetic and fun warm up held by Suzy, before taking to the start line. Various athletic games were available to those left with the energy to compete against others in their age group to win a prize.
If you participated in the event and/or would like to get more involved in running, RCT running clubs are always welcoming new members to come along on their creative and enjoyable routes around RCT. Please get in touch with Sport RCT to find out more information, or please see our Sports Club Search page.
 
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