A message from Sion
It’s not just on the field that we require great teamwork; we also need it off the field.
Contrary to what you might read and hear in the media, RGC doesn’t wholly rely on the WRU for funding to enable the region to perform and participate in the Principality Premiership. Far from it, in fact, we have been very fortunate to have engaged with and partnered up with some outstanding partners and stakeholders, who have helped along the journey over the last 3 years.
Conwy County Borough Council have continued to endeavour to support the North Wales project enabling RGC and the North Wales Development Region, the proof of which can be seen in the new 4G pitch which has been an excellent addition to the facilities on offer at Parc Eirias. There is no doubt that we wouldn’t be here today without exceptional and unequivocal support from Conwy County Borough Council.
Key partnerships with Halliwell Jones, SP Energy Networks and Cartrefi Conwy have certainly bolstered the financial position of RGC and the region. Without the support of key partners like this, RGC would struggle to take to the field week in week out, and their support isn’t just financial. We have been in a privileged position having partners who are willing to go above and beyond – even to the extent of offering employment to players.
Our Academy goes from strength to strength, but again this would not be possible without the enthusiastic support provided by our Academic partners – Coleg Cambria, Grwp Llandrillo and Bangor University have continued to contribute tirelessly to the academic programme and North Wales player pathway. We recognise that we have a good footprint across the East and West now, but we also recognise that we need to connect with the South, hence the positive discussions currently going on with Newtown College. But it goes further than this; our relationship with the Academic partners is now seeing some return on investment, with RGC players Andrew and Rhys Williams working as Rugby Skills coaches at Grwp Llandrillo and Coleg Cambria.
Then there’s the likes of Aberconwy Car & Van Hire, Voel Coaches, Whisper Hotels and Holiday Inn, who literally keep us on the road, provide a bed and make sure everyone is watered and fed, both for home and away fixtures.
Support goes a long way, and with the outstanding support and service from Elite Pro Sports (XBlades) who provide RGC and the region with the very best quality of on- and off-field apparel. We have been very fortunate to have gained some great local support from first-rate North Wales brands and businesses such as Llaeth Y Llan, who sponsor RGC Women and U18s girls, and Worldspan Creative, who have supported us for nearly two years with our branding, digital and design requirements.
There are so many other unsung heroes including staff, sponsors, concessions, volunteers, local businesses… and then, of course, there are the supporters who have remained loyal, even over this unnerving and unsettling season, but in fairness, you have all continued to get behind the region and provide some of the best support in Welsh rugby today.
So, don’t believe the hype. Without all of these partners, sponsors, supporters and helpers, we would not be anywhere close to where we are today. We have achieved so much, and there may well be more interesting chapters to this story.
For now, a big thank you to you all for making this story a success.
Enjoy the match.