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Torfaen Tigers become full WRL members

19th July 2016, 09:52

Torfaen Tigers become full WRL members

Torfaen Tigers, who are based out of Cwmbran RFC, have become the first club to be awarded as full member status of Wales Rugby League.

Torfaen Tigers, who are based out of Cwmbran RFC, have become the first club to be awarded as full member status of Wales Rugby League.

 

The club’s first team play in the RFL Conference South, whilst they field junior sides in Wales Rugby League’s domestic competitions.

 

Torfaen Tigers’ chairman Rob Davies (pictured with WRL chairman Brian Juliff above) said: “This is a big step forward for both the club and the game in Wales. It’s great that we’ve managed to be the first club to achieve it and we hope that other clubs follow suit.

 

“As a committee, we’ve been working towards it for three and a half years and it’s an exciting time for the club. We’re building well and are doing a lot to promote the status of rugby league in Torfaen and the surrounding areas.

 

“We’ve more big news in the pipeline for Torfaen Tigers coming soon so watch out for that in the forthcoming weeks or months.”

 

Wales Rugby League’s chief executive officer, Chris Thair said: “We’re delighted that one of our most progressive clubs in Torfaen Tigers RLFC has become the first official full member of Wales Rugby League. We congratulate everyone involved in the club and pass thanks to Rob Davies and the rest of the club’s management committee.

 

“Wales Rugby League have recently launched a new membership policy, previously passed by members and the WRL Board, which will ensure a fairer system for those clubs and establishments playing rugby league in Wales. An exciting new addition to the policy is that schools and other educational establishments can also become full members along with the clubs, which is a unique position for a National Governing Body.

 

“The WRL membership policy now differentiates between single team clubs or new start-ups and those that have made a clear commitment to the sport by playing for a number of seasons. When I started in 2013 every club in Wales ran three or less teams which was a clear weakness for the sport in terms of sustainability and community profile.

 

“A fairer membership policy ensures we can reward and support those clubs and establishments who are making the greatest commitment to rugby league in Wales. From 2017 onwards there will be a much clearer reward system for full members including profit share, level of staff support, provided resources, discounted courses and tickets to internationals.

 

“We have since held dialogue with a number of ambitious clubs, Torfaen being one of them, and thankfully they have also taken up the challenge to grow themselves, along with our support. By becoming a full member Torfaen are demonstrating their commitment to rugby league and to this journey we are all undertaking together in Wales. We know many more clubs will soon be following suit.”

 

Torfaen Tigers had to meet four important pieces of criteria for membership. These are…

 

1. For community clubs, to provide annually, two or more rugby league teams into competitions for a period of two consecutive years, or for professional clubs, secondary schools or FE/HE Establishments, provide annually one or more rugby league teams into competitions for a period of three consecutive years. 

 

2. Submit their constitution which is linked to WRL as the National Governing Body.

 

3. A bank account in the club’s name

 

4. Signing the “Wales Rugby League Full Members Agreement Form”

 

Wales Rugby League membership forms are available to download here.