Valleys Rugby has taken another step forward with an invitation from the Welsh Rugby Union to present its plans to the Union’s Executive leadership and advisers. After submitting its proposal, which can been seen at www.valleysrugby.com, Valleys Rugby has today received initial response from the WRU’s Chief Executive Roger Lewis.
Plans for Valleys Rugby, a new region covering the whole of the South Wales Valleys, was launched at Sardis Road Stadium earlier this month. The business model outlines a new type of structure for a region in Wales, where community ownership and engagement is key to its vision. The ‘People’s Region’ is aiming to generate subscription from 10,000 fans at £100 per person, per annum, alongside commercial sponsorship.
Valleys Rugby is now seeking the support of the WRU to develop its Region, infrastructure and players with the aim of competing in the Rabo Direct league and in Europe in the 2013/14 season. Pontypridd-born Nigel Greenaway, who is partner at Berry Smith Solicitors and behind the campaign, said of the development “We are grateful that the WRU’s Roger Lewis, Steve Phillips and others are taking our proposal seriously, in the manner in which was intended, and look forward to expanding on our vision when we meet in the near future.
“Valleys Rugby has been massively encouraged by the response we have received in the few weeks since we launched, and we remain ever more certain that the Valleys must be represented once more at the top-table of Welsh rugby. The success of Valleys teams, Cross Keys, Glyncoch, Penallta and Pontypridd over the weekend – and the magnificent performances by Ebbw Vale and Newbridge – all bear testament to the strength of Valleys Rugby and the imperative that it takes its rightful place once more in the elite of the Welsh game.”
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