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Presenting OSC Special Edition, 10th Anniversary Pin Badges!

Oh, how we miss walking around the Riverside, chatting and mingling with both home and away supporters, offering up our charity badges. The generosity of supporters, both home and away has always been phenomenal.
However, with stadium crowds not looking likely anytime soon, we’ve had to jump into the 21st century and get ourselves a swanky new online shop. 🛒🛍

Our first listing will be our OSC Pin Badges. 🤩

As usual, all profits from the sale of the badges will go to charity. We have a very special chosen charity this year, details of which will be announced very soon.

Lookout also for limited amounts of back editions! If you’re missing any from your collection, now’s your chance! 👍🏻
So what are you waiting for? Pop over to our shop to browse and buy! 

#OurBloodIsBlack

 

 

🏆 The road to RWC2023 continues as the 2021 Guinness Six Nations kicks off!

Our official travel partner, @sportsbreakscom, are giving you the chance to access RWC2023 ticket and accommodation packages 48 hours early!

All you need to do is sign up here: 

https://www.sportsbreaks.com/Rugby/Rugby-World-Cup-2023?utm_source=Ospreys_Supporters_Club&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=RWC2023_6Nations

We’re excited to announce Sportsbreaks.com as our Official Travel Partner! 

Sportsbreaks.com provide unforgettable fan experiences to some of the biggest events in the sporting calendar.  Their travel packages remove the stress of organising travel and logistics, while also giving fans the opportunity to soak up the best of the local culture across everything from rugby union to football and Formula 1.

 To celebrate the new partnership, Sportsbreaks.com are offering Ospreys supporters exclusive discount on next year’s Scotland vs Wales Six Nations Match Break!

Click here or on the join up button below  and sign up to hear about official supporter travel and exclusive discounts.

Its that most wonderful time of the year, its the November Player of the Month vote!

In association with our new main sponsor, Evan Evans Brewery, we offer up four of the best from a roller coaster month that left us with a one out of four record.  With the Welsh squad players away, we’ve seen what the rest of squad can deliver, so some familaiar faces, and some newcomers make this month’s shortlist.

For the first time, we’ve increased security around our voting system so we don’t have to spend so long cleaning up the votes cast – there’s been enough publicity over people questioning voting integrity across the pond, so we want to set a standard (that may be pushing it a bit).  From now on, you will need to log into our website to cast your vote, so click on the link below or use LOGIN on the main menu to register your account and get voting!

November Player of the Month

  • Mat Protheroe (53%, 21 Votes)
  • Adam Beard (30%, 12 Votes)
  • Stephen Myler (13%, 5 Votes)
  • Dan Lydiate (5%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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Voting closes 12th December.  For a full lit of previous OSCA winners, click here

We are delighted to announce that West Wales Brewer Evan Evans has teamed up with the Ospreys Supporters Club to support the Welsh Rugby community.
Simon Buckley of Evan Evans said:

‘We are delighted to be supporting the supporters of the Ospreys around the world. We plan on working with the supporters club to support their work in 2021 and to help develop a new income stream for them to develop their interests in Club Rugby.

We are an International Award winning brewery and we will be offering the season ticket holders the opportunity to enjoy our beers at supporter club discounts.

We are looking forward to creating new opportunities for the supporters, and the various affiliated Ospreys Clubs across Wales.

This is a great opportunity for us all.’

Grant Berni, OSC Chair said

’We are looking forward to working with Simon and his team at Evan Evans, and developing a new and exciting relationship with one of Wales’ top brewers. 

Nothing quite goes together like good quality beer and rugby supporters!”

Keep an eye out on our social media and our website for details of exclusive offers for Ospreys Supporters Club members!  In the meantime, click here to find out more about Evan Evans Brewery

“Open letter to Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales 4th December 2020

Dear First Minister,

We are writing as executives and senior representatives of rugby, cricket, horse racing and football – the elite stadium sports in Wales.

Sport is a fundamental part of life in Wales. It puts our nation on the global stage and provides communities across Wales with a sense of belonging and identity. We form part of an an industry that employs thousands of people across the country, our contribution to the Welsh economy, employment and well-being is significant, but this is now at risk.

We urge Welsh Government to reconsider its approach to the socially distanced return of fans to our sports grounds by embracing the current Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) guidance known as “SGO2” and withdraw the variant “SG02W” which has been requested by Welsh Government.

On Monday 30th November, an in-person and virtual meeting was held at Cardiff City Stadium to consider the socially distanced return of fans to our stadia. It was attended by Welsh Government and representatives from WRU, FAW, the Welsh regions, Glamorgan cricket, horse racing and Welsh professional football clubs as well as SGSA, EFL and SAG. The meeting noted the publication of the SGSA guidance known as SG02, which is generally based on a social distance of one metre plus mitigations. The SGO2 guidance was issued following extensive consultation, it has underpinned the detailed planning for the return of fans to English stadia from 2nd December, and indeed has been widely acclaimed and shared by the SGSA with countries around the world.

Taking a more cautious approach, the Welsh Government asked the SGSA to prepare a version of SG02 based on a social distance of two metres. A draft (SG02W) has been received and circulated, but not published. We as a group of national governing bodies and senior clubs urge that this draft be withdrawn and that the Welsh government also embrace the highly regarded SG02 version and subsequently allow test events to be run using this guidance with events taking place as soon as possible.

We say this because while SG02 reduces expected attendances to between 25% and 35% of capacity depending on concourse densities and stadium layouts. The Welsh version would further reduce capacity to under 10% a level which in effect closes our businesses to the public indefinitely.
At the meeting, all sporting organisations were extremely disappointed by the lack of prior consultation and the entrenched position adopted by Welsh Government officials during the meeting left us full of concern. The situation is grave; the lack of a clear roadmap for the return of spectators in Wales poses the real risk of bankruptcy for our sports.

We manage highly regulated stadia, which are overseen by the SGSA who issue our licenses and Safety certificates in conjunction with our respective Safety Advisory Groups (which includes local authority, building control and the emergency services). We respect the need to return when it is safe to do so and acknowledge the need to follow science, yet highlight the reluctance of Welsh Government to look at a “managed and engineered solution” not present in the retail, construction, transport or hospitality sectors. SG02W will be a significant roadblock that does not offer us a pragmatic or sustainable solution and believe in order to move forward it is essential to have a transparent and collaborative approach with Welsh Government combined with Public Health Wales. This will ensure as a collective, we are able to produce a clear roadmap for meaningful pilot test events and the safe return of fans to sporting grounds and events.

You will also be very conscious that Welsh sports fans are watching what is happening over the
border. The clamour for the return of fans to supporting their clubs and national teams can only now
continue to increase as the governing bodies and sports clubs suffer without direction or a viable
road map in a time when their finances are crumbling before them.

For a nation that is small in size, Wales punches well above its weight in sporting terms; we want to
work with Welsh Government to ensure the survival of our people, clubs, businesses and the future
of sport in Wales.

So, as we stated at the beginning of this letter, we call on Welsh Government to withdraw SG02W
and embrace the published SGSA guidance SG02, commit to transparency on the science and a collaborative approach between the sporting bodies, senior clubs, Public Health Wales and Welsh
Government in order to provide a clear roadmap for meaningful pilot test events and the safe return
of fans to sports grounds.

Steve Borley –
Executive Director – Cardiff City Football Club

For and on behalf off
Steve Phillips – CEO, WRU
Jonathan Ford – CEO FAW
Hugh Morris – CEO Glamorgan Cricket Club
Julian Winter – CEO Swansea City FC
Gavin Foxhall – Director of Operations, Newport County
Mark Jones – Managing Director, Newport Gwent Dragons
Richard Holland – CEO Cardiff Blues
Philip Morgan – COO Scarlets
Andrew Millward – Managing Director, Ospreys Rugby
Phil Bell – Executive Director, Chepstow and Ffos Las Racecourse
Jeannie Chantler – General Manager, Bangor on Dee Races
Mark Williams – Executive Director, Wrexham FC
Todd Kelman – Managing Director, Cardiff Devils”

Scott Otten and Sam Cross are the first OSC Player Ambassadors

Ospreys Supporters Club are pleased to announce Scott Otten and Sam Cross as our first ever OSC Player Ambassadors. Huge thanks to them both for their enthusiasm for this venture, which will provide  an invaluable link between players and the OSC.  Thanks also to Ospreys for working with us to make this happen.
Grant Berni, Chair of OSC said:

“We’re looking to do something new to bring our players and supporters even closer together, so its fantastic to have both Scott and Sam on board as our first ever Player Ambassadors. Many thanks to you both for volunteering for these roles!”

The Ospreys Supporters Club- Clwb Cefnogwyr y Gweilch

It is hard to believe that we are writing this article to celebrate 10 years of the Ospreys Supporters Club! We seem to have come a long way since our initial attempts to get the whole concept off the ground, but that said there remains a lot to accomplish, as we contemplate the future of the Ospreys and discover further ways to give our team and their wonderful supporters  the support that they deserve! To begin with though, let’s reflect on the evolution of the OSC and consider its achievements to date!

On Saturday April 10th 2010, the Ospreys faced Biarritz, away deep in the Basque country. The final result was a 29-28 victory to the home side, following a rather controversial decision at the very end of the game. Perhaps it is for the best, that the details of this decision, by one of Limerick’s finest, be left for discussion at a later date; however, the fact that remains that this game was to have a lasting effect for supporters who made the trip and those who watched events develop on the television, here in the Region!

The welcome shown to visiting Ospreys that weekend, proved to be the final motivational factor in the desire to establish an active supporters club! Shortly after returning from Biarritz, momentum came from the supporters themselves, and  a post appeared on the Ospreys Fans Forum from a passionate Ospreys supporter named Mike Phippen, asking for five supporters to accompany him to a meeting with a representative of Ospreys Rugby; with a view to establishing a supporters club. The meeting duly went ahead, and the stage was set for the subsequent development of an official Ospreys Supporters Club, or OSC as it soon became known! Shortly afterwards, this fledgling group met for the very first time at Starbucks Coffee Shop, opposite the Liberty Stadium. Until recently, Starbucks displayed a plaque on the wall duly noting that the OSC had been founded there, sadly, following building work it disappeared never to return! So, a fledgling OSC took flight with Mike Phippen elected as chair, Paul Harris Secretary, Nathan Johns treasurer and Ray Morgan vice chair; all supported by an enthusiastic and dedicated committee.

Through consultation with Ospreys Rugby it was decided that OSC membership would be free of charge and be an inherent element of season membership. Thankfully, this practice endures and it would appear is valued by the members themselves! From the outset OSC produced a pin badge for its members, updated annually to reflect the team colours and delivered as part of the season ticket package. More recently, we have asked for a small donation of £1 for the pin badge, with profits donated to charity. They remain very popular and are proudly sported by the Ospreys faithful both at home and away from the Liberty Stadium!

For home games, the OSC organises bus transport to and from the Liberty Stadium from the Neath area and we are fortunate enough to have the support of a group of supporters in the Port Talbot area, who  organise bus transport on our behalf. The committee would like to record our thanks to Julie Davies, a dedicated Ospreys supporter, for her tireless efforts with this bus service! Buses are also organised to venues within England and Wales, with many members availing themselves of this service. In terms of European travel, the Supporters Club tends not to organise official trips, but will share meeting points and any event invites from the opposition supporters groups.  We hope to extend our travel advice further in the future!

When visiting clubs in European competitions, the OSC presents a plaque or a pennant commemorating the occasion; it is felt that it is beneficial to mark the visit and further emphasise the nature of the, “rugby family!” In addition, OSC organises meeting points for supporters to congregate and benefit from the whole experience of following the team!

An early priority for the Supporters Club was to spread the word regarding events, news and activities on offer to members. From the earliest days OSC has contributed to the Ospreys match day programme. In recent years, we have also produced and managed a highly successful Facebook and Twitter Page, together with our own Ospreys Supporters Club website! Why not join us on these media and keep up to date with what is happening down at Wales` most successful regional rugby team!

You might also be interested in keeping up to date with another exclusive OSC activity, the awarding of the OSCA (Ospreys Supporters Club Award) each month to the player selected by the supporters themselves. The award is in fact a “grogg,” crafted at the world famous “Grogg Shop,” in Pontypridd. However, unlike the famous caricatures of rugby players, footballers and other stars, this particular grogg cannot be purchased off the shelf! They are in fact made under license for OSC and are unique to the club. The grogg is an osprey running with a rugby ball and painted in the home strip of the season. The player`s number is displayed on the back and the name at the bottom of the statue. A larger grogg, mounted on a wooden plinth, is presented to the winner of the supporters, “Player of the Year.” Feedback has indicated that the players are enthusiastic at the prospect of adding the OSCA to their collection; a job well done one would like to think!

Probably the most significant and the writer would suggest, most successful project that the OSC has initiated, is the creation of a traditional rugby clubhouse, in the Riverside Lounge under the East Stand. Along the wall above the bar the visitor will find a rugby shirt from the 77 clubs that constitute the Ospreys Region. The collection is certainly impressive and is complimented by various artefacts collected from visiting supporters and from our travels. All visiting supporters are cordially invited to join the Ospreys faithful, both pre and post match, be it independently, or as part of their official supporters club and a warm, Welsh welcome is always assured!

The Riverside is also the setting for the presentation of the previously discussed, monthly OSCA awards and on occasions when an award is not being made, for interviews with the players. The Supporters Club remain grateful to both the players and Ospreys Rugby for facilitating and attending these post match events, which have proved to be so popular with supporters of all ages. To celebrate such events an OSC Player of the Month/ Season board has been placed on the wall behind the stage. This board lists the winners of the OSCA month by month and year by year accordingly. In addition, a signature board for all players who make the visit to our clubhouse is also available and is, it has to be said, rapidly filling up!

The OSC is a non profit making organisation, but since the earliest days, it has placed great emphasis on making a charitable contribution to the rugby community. Over the years, we have supported numerous charities and worthwhile causes. The funds to support these bodies, comes as a result of raffles and the proceeds of the sale of OSC badges.  The generosity of the Ospreys supporters never ceases to amaze us and has meant that we have been able to support a range of good causes throughout the Region.

 

Among the charities and worthy causes that OSC have supported are:

Season Cause £
2010/11 Christchurch Earthquake Appeal 250
2011/12 Stepping Stones 800
2011/12 Gleision Miners’ Appeal 1000
2011/12 St. David’s Hospice 531
2012/13 Cwmtawe Youth Brass band 250
2012/13 Stepping Stones 600
2013/14 Cwmtawe Youth Brass Band 250
2013/14 Maesteg RFC Fire Reparation Fund 400
2014/15 Wales Deaf Rugby 400
2014/15 Wales Wheelchair Rugby 400
2014/15 Matavesi XV : Marie Therese House 400
2015/16 Macmillan (Marathon Des Sables – Paul Harries) 242
2015/16 Jerry Collins Memorial Fund 638
2015/16 Bowel Cancer Bike Ride 212
2015/16 Aberavon Green Stars RFC Clubhouse conversion 280
2016/17 Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby OSC Badge Sales 1000
2016/17 Interburns 200
2017/18 AWJ’s Testimonial Charities 2132
2017/18 Paul James’s Testimonial Charities 500
  TOTAL £10735

The charity we supported in the 2019/20 season is The Swansea Gladiators Rugby Team. This is a group of players, some with additional needs, that enjoy playing the game of rugby together! A very worthy cause and we hope to make a presentation to them in the near future!

From time, the OSC have arranged social events and Q&A sessions, with a range of players, officials and personalities from the world of rugby. They have proved to be very popular to date and these are definitely events that we hope to repeat in the future!

It is fair to say that the OSC has evolved in to a successful group and that evolution is very much ongoing. There have been changes to both the officers and the committee along the way, with everyone involved playing their part to make OSC a significant factor of the success of the Ospreys as a whole. Today the Supporters Club is still served by a committee of hard working Ospreys fans; committed to the Region and indeed the great game of rugby football as whole! We have planned a range of events for our 10th season and we will be in position to share these with you in the near future.

Before we finish though, we would like to share a couple of things with you. All members of the committee carry out their duties without any reward, financial or otherwise. Within the last 3 years, we have introduced a system of election for all committee members, based on a 3 year cycle. If you feel that you would like to become a committee member, please contact secretary@ospreyssupportersclub.com. If this is not for you, but you feel that you would like to help out on match days, events etc, again we would greatly value your assistance. Finally, we would like to stress that the OSC committee is not the OSC! You the members are the OSC and your feedback, suggestions and participation
are always welcome!

Gair i orffen. Mae pwyllgor CCG yn dal i’w fod yn ddiolchgar i chi, y gefnogwyr, sy wed
Dewch ymlaen y Gweilch! Come on the Ospreys

#OSC10

We don’t JUST sell badges and arrange buses (but we’re proud that we do), we do a lot more…..

Social Media

 

 

OSCAs

  • 74 player of the month or season OSCAs awarded since 2010
  • Exclusive design from the Grogg Shop – you can’t buy one from them!
  • 38 different players have the awards
  • Dan Biggar leads the way with 5 player of the month and 2 player of the season OSCAs

 

 

Riverside Bar

  • About 200 players have visited the Riverside bar (our clubhouse) to be interviewed by the OSC in the past 10 years
  • 20 plaques presented to visiting Euro teams supporters clubs (some of these might have been presented at away games with some gifts given back to us at the Riverside)
  • Many many visiting Supporters Clubs have called in to join in with a song or a beer or with some bagpipes or with a few gifts!
  • The OSC fund the live entertainment in the Riverside for some of our bigger games
  • We also support the 2003 Lounge and run a pre-match quiz there

 

Website

  • Started in November 2015
  • 52k hits
  • 102k pages read
  • Our most popular pages are latest news, travel and the OSCA honours board
  • Busiest day on 7th March 2019 when nearly 2000 users visited the site after we made WalesOnline with the headline “Ospreys Supporters Club accuse Scarlets”…(nearly) all publicity is good publicity!

 

Charities

 

Events

  • We’ve organised pre-season meet the coaches and new players at the Pavillion for the past 4 seasons – look out for how we’re going to do that for 2020/21!
  • We’ve organised quiz nights in the Pavillion for the past 3 years – again – look out for how we’re going to manage in 2020/21!
  • We’ve hosted Q&A sessions with Ospreys management
  • We’ve organised Q&A’s to support Alun Wyn Jones’ and Paul James’ testimonial years

 

Committee Members

  • More than 20 supporters have given their time to help run the OSC committee over the first 10 years – thanks to everyone who has helped out over the years
  • Our committee officers represent the Ospreys as part of the Joint Supporters Group with regular meetings with the WRU,Pro Rugby Wales and sometimes even the Pro14! 
  • We’ve only got one life president to date and that’s OSC co-founder Mike Phippen!

 

 

Transport

  • We’ve run buses to home games from Neath since our inception and from Port Talbot for 8 years (this bus is now run by the enthusiastic bus regulars)
  • We’ve run 20 bus trips to European games
  • We’ve run bus trips to our derby games in Llanelli, Cardiff and Newport – the annual trip to Parc y Scarlets has definitely seen its ups and downs

 

 

OSC Badges

  • We’ve produced a new OSC badge each year since formation
  • When we have OSCA sponsorship, all profits go to charity

 

 

 

Funding

  • We’ve done all of this without receiving any funding from the Ospreys
  • OSCA sponsorship from South Wales Wood Recycling, Recycle Direct, Gower Brewery and PB Garage Services has allowed us to put on additional events and entertainment in the past – thank you all
  • If you’re interested in sponsoring the OSCAs, please contact us by clicking here!