Award for Glyndŵr University rugby league coach
A Wrexham-based Rugby League coach praised Glyndŵr University after he was recognised for his commitment to developing the sport in the town.
Community Rugby League Coach Allen Jones, picked up two awards at Wrexham Council’s Recognition of Achievement awards, which recognises the efforts of local authority staff and partners.
He was picked up his first award in recognition of his work developing Rugby League in schools and the wider Wrexham Community.
The second award saw him named the council’s Values Commitment Champion, for his work surrounding the Rugby League World Cup 2013 and commitment to the council’s values.
Allen Jones said: "“Rugby League is one of the fastest growing sports in terms of development here in Wrexham. The staff at North Wales Crusaders have been brilliant and the support from Glyndŵr University has been first class.
"This has been backed up by Wales Rugby League and the local Community Rugby League clubs.
"I love my job and the very best thing about this recognition is that it shows that Rugby League is now making real strides here in Wrexham.
“Without the support and efforts of a whole team of very committed people I can not do my job effectively. Wrexham Council’s Sports Development team have been fantastic and they been very supportive by arranging more and more coaching sessions for me."
Anna-Marie Brown, sports manager at Glyndŵr University, said: "Allen is a great ambassador for Rugby League and we are delighted that he has been recognised for the significant contribution he has made to the sport here in Wrexham.
"Glyndŵr University is passionate about developing sport at grass roots level and his contribution towards this has been fantastic."
Cllr David Griffiths, Lead Member for Health, said: “Allen was tasked with delivering a programme of activity across local schools within Wrexham leading up to Rugby League World Cup 2013.
"The level of commitment delivered on this programme was second to none and exceeded expectations in terms of the roll out of Rugby League across all schools and the number of participants.
“In the short time since Allen has been in this post, he has raised the profile fo Rugby League as a growing sport across Wrexham due to his enthusiasm and love for the sport.
"We want to build a strong legacy for the game following last year’s Rugby League World Cup and Allen’s continued hard work and commitment will go a long way to helps us achieve this goal.”