Rugby Football makes a considerable contribution to the lives of Welsh people. Well over half the population in Wales show an active interest in the game, whether as a player, a coach, an official, an administrator or simply a supporter.
Rugby in Wales also provides a healthy and enjoyable leisure-time pursuit, with many people being given the opportunity to develop their skills and test themselves, not only against each other but against other countries. Further, rugby football in particular, offers experience, which contributes to self-esteem and self-fulfilment, to confidence and personal development.
The quality of experience will depend on many variables such as facilities and organisation, but perhaps the most central factor is the quality, the leadership and the coaching. Coaching is central to performance improvements at all levels. Coaches work with a vast range of performers – some seeking enjoyment and purposeful participation, others concerned with making a living and some driven to achieve international honours. The quality of coaching is important to all.