Aber Valley Wolves Junior Rugby League Club was formed in 2011. The club started off in different rugby union clubs and was pushed from pillar to post, from union club, to school, to public pitches. We even had to scramble to find another pitch halfway through the season one year!
In 2018, the club decided enough was enough and approached Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Parks Department and Sports Development Department to see if they could help. With support from CCBC, the club was able to move to its own pitch at Aneurin Park, Penyrheol. Sports grants helped towards the purchase of rugby posts, post protectors, corner posts and equipment and CCBC staff have been crucial in maintaining the pitch to an excellent standard and making sure the gates and changing rooms are always open on time, so a big thanks go to them.
At last, the club has a place to call its own for the duration of the rugby league season and it is the only pitch marked out specifically for rugby league in the Caerphilly county borough.
The club is very proud of all its players and was thrilled when our U16’s retained their Grand Final title in 2019 and our U12’s were Grand Finalists! Our players have become great teammates and made new friends for life.
The club is also very lucky to have qualified, dedicated coaches, who give 100% to training sessions and matches, in addition to a growing number of qualified referees and first-aiders. Some of our coaches have also been selected to coach Origin and international junior squads and one of our referees is Referee Fixture Manager, so there are plenty of opportunities for ambitious coaches/referees in rugby league.
The future is bright for Aber Valley Wolves and the pathway for rugby league in Wales is now much clearer. The club has had excellent representation in the U12’s, U14’s and U16’s Origin squads, Wales U16’s, Wales U16’s Development Squad and Wales U19’s. But, whether our players want to strive for international honours, or just want to play for fun, the club and its coaches are very proud of each and every one of them.
COVID-19 may have temporarily halted the League season, but we can’t wait for rugby league season to start, however short that season may be.
General Manager: Helen Treherne
Welfare Officer: Helen Treherne
Deputy Welfare Officer: Darren Burford
Director of Rugby: Viv Treherne
Head Coach: Jason Oates
Treasurer: Phil Oates