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Extra Mile: Jeremy Hurley and Tonmawr RFC

03/04/2022

Hi, my name is Jeremy Hurley, I am currently standing in Neath Port Talbot local elections in the Pelenna ward.

I have been involved with Tonmawr RFC for 30 years, firstly playing for the Tonmawr Firsts, then, when getting older and slower, the seconds. I was given the honour of captaining the seconds  in the clubs' centenary year, I still play for the seconds whenever they need me. I had a half in their semi final win over Llanharan last week.

I am now involved with the juniors section where I have two children playing. I am a wru level 2 coach, a qualified referee in both union and league and am currently the chairman of the mini section, 6 - 11 year olds. I also am one of the coaches for the under 14's, a side I have been involved with for 8 years.

 We also ran a rugby league side out of Pontrhydyfen RFC last year where we had players from outside the area as well.

I didn't realise what went on behind the scenes in my village until I got involved with the saving of a local facility that went into liquidation.

Together with four others, we bought the assets and it has meant that the facility has still been made available for use by the public. We have also combined with the local education authority and it has become a base for the local "Engage" project which helps 11 to 16 year olds who are on alternative pathway to mainstream education.

Being involved with this project made me realise how much was being done by others that goes unnoticed most of the time, work that I now appreciate.