Carmarthen Quins Mini and Junior Section are delighted to be able to introduce to you a new look committee. This has come about following the resignations of Chair and Secretary due to other commitments. Johnny Davies and Jennie Davies have stepped down from their respective positions and the current committee would like to thank them for their work over the years and wish them well for the future. With the section being in existence for over 20 years now is an opportune time to thank each and every one who has served on the Committee, been a coach, team manager, first aider, player and supporter of the section. Without their time, effort and commitment we may not be in the position we are today.
Taking over the reins as Chairman is current Under 15’s coach Grant Wrigglesworth who has been involved with the club for several years.
New Vice Chairman is Gareth Evans current Under 13’s coach who has also represented the 1st XV and is now giving plenty back to the club.
Secretary is Neil Evans current under 12s coach who has returned to club for the last four years having moved away but was involved as a back room member of staff for the 1st XV previously.
Fixture Secretary remains the committee Adrian Jones who works extremely hard to ensure that all age groups from Under 7’s to Under 16’s are all able to play games each and every week. Adrian continues to deliver the goods in one of (if not) the most difficult jobs within the section. Although we are looking for a replacement so that we can ensure longevity of committee as individuals move up age groups and inevitably leave the section as their child progresses.
Safeguarding officer remains as Andrea Jones who has been integral in ensuring a safe return to play by cascading the essential information on time often when there was conflicting advice circulating.
The remaining people on the Committee are Helen Hastings who is currently the team manager for the Under 12’s and Angharad Harding team manager for the Under 9’s.
Helen and Andrea will also be undertaking in the interim the treasurer role until a permanent member is found. We also have vacancies for Coaching Co-ordinator and Sponsor/Fundraiser.
A lot of work was done when the country came out of the last lockdown, in fact work was ongoing during all lockdowns to advertise the section and it is testament to that work that we are currently at capacity for Under 7’s and Under 8’s and currently have approximately 18 under 6’s training who will be ready to step into action from August next year.
The Committee will not rest on its laurels and will continue to provide safe opportunities for rugby in Carmarthen Quins. Work is also ongoing to try and resurrect the successful girls Under 15’s and Under 18’s teams.
There is also a renewed impetus for a one club approach and there are positive discussions and dialogue with the senior committee and all are moving in the same direction. Ultimately the club is 150 years old in the 2024/2025 season and all parties will be working towards some big events during that season to celebrate the club as whole from minis through to seniors.
New Chair Grant remarked “In troubling times due to Covid there is now a buzz about the club and whilst we are taking small steps in the first instance we do not think it will be long before the both sections are in tune and work together on many projects. At the end of the day there would be no better feeling than seeing someone who has started at Under 7’s go all the way to play for the seniors just like Jac Price and Osian Knott for example but to also go even further and become a fully fledged professional. It is not our intention to re-invent the wheel but to build on the successes of everyone who has gone before us.”
Club Chairman Jeff Davies added “Can I also add my thanks to Jonny and Jennie Davies. Their contribution to the Juniors has been fantastic and has help promote the 1 club ethos. The Junior Section is a hugely important part of Carmarthen Quins and I have no doubt that the new Junior committee will continue to develop the section and build on the foundation of a 1 club approach”