The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a pioneering initiative for the parents of high performing young players.
The first session included key input from performance coach Andy McCann; Elite Performance Director of Sport Wales Brian Davies; David James, who is the father of cyclists Becky, Rachel and Ffion; former Wales union international Andries Pretorius, who was recently forced to retire due to a rare medical condition; and recent Wales Under-20 captain, Steffan Hughes. The next workshop is scheduled for December.
WRU national performance manager Gethin Watts said:
Andy McCann said:
On behalf of the Tom Maynard Trust, Mike Fatkin said:
“We are delighted to be partnering with the WRU on this exciting new initiative over the next three years. There is a natural fit between what they are trying to achieve and some of our objects in terms of trying to help educate emerging young sportspeople. A lot of thought has obviously gone into the shaping of this particular initiative and although we are already supporting other agencies in rugby union, the approach this programme is taking is very different in that the parents of the young sportspeople involved are targeted as a means of conveying the various messages. That could have a really positive impact. The Tom Maynard Trust has its base in Wales and naturally we are thrilled to be able to work in conjunction with the WRU in helping to develop young talent in Wales.”