CARMARTHEN QUINS coach and Scarlets player Richard Kelly has been forced to retire from playing rugby on medical grounds after sustaining a broken arm in October 2014.
Kelly, 27, joined the Scarlets in the summer of 2012 from Principality Premiership side Swansea making 43 appearances for the region in the last three seasons.
Since breaking his arm in the European Rugby Champions Cup clash, against Leicester Tigers, in October last year Kelly has followed a detailed rehabilitation programme with the aim of making a return to the field.
His first competitive game for Scarlets was against Leinster on 1st September 2012 and had become a regular in the region’s jersey.
Speaking about his retirement Richard said: “It is hugely disappointing to have to call a day on my playing career but the injury to my arm has made it impossible for me to carry on. The medical staff at the Scarlets have been a huge support and have helped me come to terms with the injury.
“I must say a personal thank you to Sam Handy (Scarlets conditioner) who has been my personal trainer for the last ten months and to Andrew Walker (Head of Medical) and Jo Perkins (Scarlets physiotherapist) who have looked after me. They couldn’t have done more for me.
“Despite having some time to come to terms with the severity of the injury and the possibility of having to hang up my boots it still hasn’t sunk in yet that I’ll never play again.”
Kelly, who is currently undertaking a Level 3 coaching qualification, has been appointed Forwards Coach with Carmarthen Quins and will take up a role as Academy Skills Coach within the region.
Commenting on the roles Richard went on to say: “Coaching is always something I’ve been interested in and have done little bits here and there. I’ve been involved with the under 18s since the start of pre-season and will join Dai Flanagan in coaching the Steelers group (Academy and development players) now that the season is underway.
“I’m excited by the challenge and I’m really looking forward to. There are some really talented players in the group and I want to help develop the region’s players and help them fulfil their potential.”
He went on to say: “Scarlets have been supportive in allowing me to join the coaching team at Carmarthen Quins and I’m grateful to them for giving me the opportunity to continue with my rugby even if it is from the touchlines!
“It’s been a huge privilege to have represented the Scarlets and will always remember my first game, great victories away from home against Munster and playing in Clermont twice – the stadium, the atmosphere – was something very special.”
Scarlets Head Coach Wayne Pivac said: “We are hugely disappointed to have to see Rich forced to retire from the game. He has been very patient over the last ten months since the injury and that time has allowed him to work alongside younger members of the squad whilst following a rigorous rehabilitation programme.
“He has shown a great enthusiasm for coaching and has displayed a good rapport with the squad members he has already worked with. He will be an asset to the Steelers group alongside Dai and wish him all the best with his coaching at Carmarthen Quins.”
Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre and Brynamman Lido to be transferred to a community groups
A MULTI- SPORTS facility, at the heart of the Gwendraeth Valley, has been taken over by a local sports group, the Baton Twirlers.
The management of Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre, which is owned by Carmarthenshire County, has been transferred to the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) via a lease agreement and will allow the public to continue to use the facilities at the centre.
Whilst Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre is now the official home of BTAC its facilities are available for the local community and sports groups to be used.
An official reopening of the Centre, which bears the name of one of the Gwendraeth Valley’s most famous sons, under the new management of the BTAC was held on Sunday, October 2.
Speaking at the event, Jessica Shore Director of the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) said:
“We are thrilled to have worked with Carmarthenshire County Council to secure this sports centre on behalf of the local community and it’s a pleasure to welcome the public here today. We are looking forward to working with and hosting various community and sports groups at the Carwyn James Sports Centre.
“It also was very important to us to provide a home for baton twirling in Wales, and we will make great use of the excellent facilities here.”
Cllr. Gareth John, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism said “This is a great success story for the BTAC, the Gwendraeth Valley and the council as we have secured the future of the Carwyn James Sports Centre for the local community.
I would like to thank Baton Twirlers Association Cymru for their work and enthusiasm during the process of transferring management of the Sports Centre to them, as a community group, and I wish them the very best for the future.”
Plans approved to transfer management of Brynamman Lido
On Monday, October 3, the council’s Cabinet approved plans to lease the Brynamman Lido, which is held in trust by the Carmarthenshire County Council, to Brynamman Lido Limited under its asset transfer programme.
Under the proposed lease, Brynamman Lido Limited will take over the management of the lido with the intention to reopen the swimming pool for sporting, recreational and leisure activities.
Following the approval of the plans by the Cabinet, Cllr. Gareth John commented:
“We are pleased to be working with the local group in Brynamman to transfer the management and maintenance of the lido to the community.
“The transfer of this asset will allow Brynamman Lido Ltd to apply for funding via grants that would not be available to the County Council, and we will continue to work with them and provide support along the journey to reopening the lido to the community.”
Latest recruit to Llandeilo’s Ashmole & Co team ‘converts’ his spare time into being a rugby referee
Ashmole & Co have scored a try with their newest Trainee Accountant. The firm is delighted to announce that Aled Jones has recently started working for the successful accountancy team in the Llandeilo office.
Aled, who lives in Pontyberem, is a community rugby referee in his spare time. He referees senior rugby games on Saturdays and Junior rugby games on Sundays including cup matches. He is also involved in the Scarlets Cup Final at Parc y Scarlets and the Carmarthenshire cup finals.
Before joining Ashmole & Co Aled was a Personal Banker with Barclays Bank for five years. He studied AAT Level three at Coleg Sir Gar. Aled went to primary school in Pontyberem and secondary school in Ysgol y Gwendraeth.
Day to day with Ashmole & Co, Aled prepares and inputs clients’ sales and purchase invoices onto the accounting software; completes clients’ VAT returns and assists senior members of the team with the preparation of accounts. The most rewarding part of the job for Aled is hearing that the clients are happy.
Welcoming Aled to the team, Ceri Llwyd, Partner in the Llandeilo Ashmole & Co office, said, “We are delighted that Aled has joined our team in Carmarthenshire. He has fitted in well and is a pleasure to work with. I’ve told my rugby mad sons that they have to behave now when they play rugby on a Sunday in case Aled is their referee! It is great that he gives up his spare time to help local rugby clubs in this way.”
Aled said, “I am grateful to Ashmole and Co, who are one of the most established and largest teams of chartered, certified accountants and auditors in south and west Wales, to give me this opportunity.”
Ashmole & Co offer financial support to a significant number of junior and professional sports teams across south Wales. The Llandeilo office has recently shown its support to Llandeilo RFC by contributing towards new tops for the juniors.
Ceri added, “As a rural firm that works with businesses in the area it is a pleasure for us to be able to lend our support to local sports teams.”
Llangennech prove too strong for Penclawdd
LLANGENNECH earned their fourth win in as many matches on Saturday (Oct 22) as they beat Penclawdd 38-10.
Jordan Saunders got the scoring underway with the first try of the game and Thomas Davies added the extras.
Penclawdd then levelled the scoring with a try from Daniel John Guarneri and Marcus Brown added the extras.
It remained 7-7 until half time with conditions proving tricky for both sides.
In the second half, Aaron Howles got the try to put Llangennech ahead but the conversion was missed.
Joseph Hutchings then extended the visitors’ lead with their third try and Davies added the extras to take the score to 7-19.
Penclawdd then responded with a penalty from Brown as the home side looked to get back into the game.
However, Llangennech soon had their fourth try and a bonus point as Howles touched down for his second try of the game and Davies added the extras.
Louis Rees then scored an unconverted try before replacement Hefin Jones went over for Llangennech’s sixth try, converted by Davies.
On Saturday, October 29, Penclawdd travel to Aberystwyth for their second game in the Division 1 Cup.
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