With rugby now back with a bang it is a delight for the club to hear and see a thriving mini and junior section getting back to what they love doing. With sides from Under 7’s to Under 16’s the Quins future is certainly bright. There are several players in the district sides of Carmarthenshire Schools and Mynydd Mawr schools from our Under 15’s and we have several players going to their last trial for the Boys Club of Wales this coming Sunday 3rd October it is testament to the coaches across the age group of the work they do in developing players.
We caught up with one coach and current Vice Chair of the Mini and Junior Section and got to know more about him
Here is what Grant Wrigglesworth had to say
“I’m from a family of athletes so naturally from a young age i that’s where my sporting life started. I joined Llangennech RFC from a young age and immediately became obsessed with the sport and despite being a decent 100 and 200m sprinter, devoted my energies to rugby.”
“I was fortunate enough to play for Llangennech RFC, Scarlets development (equivalent of the academy now I guess) Coleg Sir Gar, Wales Colleges in 15’s and 7’s and Neath under 20’s. “
“After I stopped playing I devoted my competitive interests into bodybuilding, become an amateur Mr. Wales Champion in 2006 and coached some world champion power lifters and amateur bodybuilders.”
“My vocation also sees me involved in developing and leading some elite teams at a national level, so I have been involved in working as part of a team for as long as I can remember on a professional and volunteer basis! !
“I have been coaching rugby since 1998 and have coached mostly age grade but some senior teams with pre-season fitness training as I am also a gym instructor and PTI.”
“My career saw me move from my home town of Llanelli to Carmarthen, where I settled in 2003. When my sons showed an interest in playing rugby, I decided to be part of the Quins set up with some familial links and just really liked the set up and was blown away by the army of family volunteers who worked so hard for the junior section, which humbled me significantly.”
“I was approached to coach quite soon and jumped at the chance to try and give something back to a sport that built the foundation of who I am to this day and am motivated to improve the life’s, happiness and opportunities of children within the area, which I find extremely rewarding.”
“I have a demanding day job but love being a coach of the Under 15’s and Vice Chair of the junior section of such a prestigious and successful Club. It’s extremely rewarding to give something back and to build, nurture and progress individuals and a young team collective toward their rugby goals. “
“The obvious highlight for me so far was my team winning the Carmarthenshire and Scarlets cup at their first attempt at when they were Under 13’s. “
“From my coaching perspective the long term goal for Chris, Jonathan, Geraint, Adrian and myself had always been to nurture the talent we have to continue to love and play the sport into adulthood and get as many of our team into the youth squad and ultimately the Senior side. “
This weekend the mini and junior section kick off their fixtures on Friday night when teh Under 16s host Newcastle Emlyn for a 7pm kick off under floodlights at the park. Coached by a former Quins and Welsh International Deiniol Jones, former Quins back row forward Ceri Davies and Meurig Rees who played for Pontyberem the young guns will be looking to impress and give a good performance on the Park. It goes without saying that all are welcome to watch the game and all support will be gratefully received. The club is so grateful to see another two former players giving something back to the club
The rest of the sections look forward to their games on Sunday and the fixtures can be found below:
Across the age groups there are almost 200 registered players with the Quins but some age groups are on the lookout for new recruits and what better time to join than just before the Welsh Autumn Internationals when we hope the national side can capture children’s imagination and inspire them to pick up the ball. If you have a child interested in joining the club then please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass on your details to the correct coach.
We have included some photos below from some of our age groups and we would welcome you to join us.