The Ospreys Supporters Cub’s Annual General Meeting will take place at 18:30, Monday 16th September at the Liberty Stadium.

All OSC members (season ticket holders) are invited to attend and to stand for election to the committee should they wish to do so (providing conditions laid out in the constitution are met – see the link below). If you have the energy, committment and the skills to contribute to the OSC, please email grant@ospreyssupportersclub.com to find out more or to submit an application to join the committee.

Further details about the AGM and committee can be found here in the OSC constitution

 

 

As a friend and sponsor of the OSC, Peter Benjamin is offering a fantastic deal to supporters.

 

 

 

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In Association with P B SERVICES 

Garage Equipment Company and Swansea Tyre Clutch and MOT Centre

We are offering a unique opportunity exclusive to the Ospreys Staff,Family, Friends, Commercial Partners and Supporters for massive reductions in repair costs for their vehicles, we are offering:-

MOT’S at £19.00

20% discount on labour costs effectively making them Trade rates

20% discount on a 3D laser wheel alignment machine

Courtesy car if vehicle left for work to be carried out

Competitive rates for fuel and engine treatments

Reduced rates for wrong fuel call outs

Massive reductions on service costs

We carried out our first work on this scheme on Friday the customers bill normally for the repair would have been £554.00 under this scheme it was £335.00

This scheme is unique and is open to all Osprey staff, family members, friends commercial partners and supporters just by ringing the garage booking the vehicle in and quoting OSP1, this offer is now live 

We are an AA and RAC approved garage 

Peter Benjamin

General Manager

Get in Touch
Telephone: 01792 477 555

Email: service@swanseatyres.co.uk

Website: https://www.swanseatyres.co.uk/

Postal Address: Unit C, SA1 Business Park, Swansea, SA1 8QY
**USE POSTCODE SA1 8LD in SAT NAV**

In support of Paul James Testimonial year, the Ospreys Supporters Club are delighted to announce that we will be holding a Q&A with Paul in Ten21 (Paul’s bistro bar in Neath).

A Wales (66 caps), Ospreys (232 caps), Bath(56+ caps), Barbarians, Neath (23 caps), Skewen and Seven Sisters legend, Paul has given years of fantastic service to the game.

The Q&A will start at 8pm, with Paul & some of his rugby friends in attendance, however we would encourage supporters who want to attend, to book a table in Ten21 directly and sample the fantastic food on offer (Ten21 is ours from 6:30pm until late so book a table and enjoy an entire evening of good food, good drink and good debates about scrummaging – last food orders are 7:45pm but you don’t really want to be eating when Paul is talking do you? – get there nice and early!).  We could recommend a whole long list from the menu, but its safe to say, you won’t be disappointed if you haven’t eaten there before…and the drinks selection is top notch.

If you want to attend the Q&A, please email lynne.jones101@btinternet.com as spaces are limited, as well as reserving tables if you are planning on eating directly with Ten21 on  01639631630.

If you’re really lucky, there may be some live acoustic music before and after the Q&A from our Riverside regular band D-Fibs.

There will be a donation on the door and also raffle tickets for sale on the night for some pretty special prizes.  All proceeds from the night will be added to the funds already raised this season from the sale of OSC pin badges and this will all go towards Paul’s chosen charity.

Paul has decided to support the Mind Charity as part of his Testimonial activities as mental health is something that is of great importance to him. Although there has been an increase in media exposure of the topic of late, he still feels that the level of public support and understanding of mental health has a long way to go.

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They can campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

For more information on Mind, please click on the picture below:

For further details about Assey’s Testimonial, click on the picture below:

 

 

 

Attendees:

Cardiff Blues Supporters’ Club Sarah Hopkins, Catherine Smart, David Elsmere

CRYS16 Barrie Jones, Ian Lewis, Gareth Payne

Dragons Official Supporters’ Club Dan Hallett, Ryan Price

Ospreys Supporters’ Club Nigel Jones, Grant Berni, Lynne Jones

Welsh Rugby Union Martyn Phillips, Mark Killingley

 

Agenda:

  1. Update on Project Reset and the way forward
  2. Player retention/pay bands
  3. Communication from this meeting
  4. Any Other Business

 

SH thanked MP and MK for meeting with the JSG so soon after the last meeting. It was acknowledged that things had changed reasonably substantially since the last meeting and that updates from PRB statements had confirmed the change in position.

 

1 – Update on Project Reset

MP said that it was no longer deemed to be ‘Project Reset’ as the new legal agreement was now in place and was no longer a project. Future reference should be made to the Professional Rugby Strategy which covered the five Professional Entities (the four regions and the WRU).

PRB were focussed on doing right thing for the game and whilst it was agreed that the current position was ‘business as usual’, the facts remain that transformational change is required to enable 4 professional teams in change to be sustainable and competitive.

JSG asked whether consideration had been given to the appointment of a Supporter Director on the PRB. MP said that this wasn’t really on the agenda and that the focus was on appointment of non-exec Directors as they can bring required skills to the board. In addition, it was not possible to make room for all stakeholder representatives on the PRB – e.g. the players also wanted representation which had resulted in far more regular dialogue between the PRB and the Players association (WRPA) and the players themsleves. He confirmed that members of the PRB have fiduciary duties.

 

However, it was noted that PRB wanted and needed to take the views and feedback from supporters into account, and that the JSG would be the preferred option to do this more formally and on a regular basis together with supporter forums at local level.

MP went on to say that since 2016, there had been an increase in funding from WRU to the regions from £10 to £20m. This totalled around £32m when competition income was included to the four regions, in addition to the clubs’ commercial and ticketing income generated locally. Whilst the improvement is welcome there remains much to do with the 5 entities working interdependently.

There was a detailed discussion in respect of the supporter experience and ticketing. MK said that the research seemed to suggest that the price of season tickets were too low but that the overall price point on match tickets was about right. One of the key requirements for all regions was to drive attendances up. There was agreement from all that regions could and should do better – but under resourced in commercial departments.

JSG pointed out that the structure of the season was not helpful and with regular changes from International periods to league and Europe, the season tended to lose momentum. MP acknowledged that this was a difficult position which was under constant review. MP confirmed that there is Private Equity interest in the PRO14, but that this was primarily a matter for the PRB to consider.

JSG representatives raised some frustrations about regional teams not using players to better leverage their brand and start to build on international successes back in the local areas.  

JSG and WRU agreed that a lot of the media articles written about the regions seemed to have a negative spin – intended to ‘create a good headline’ – which was undermining the hard work being undertaken by the regions and not encouraging people who were not already committed to regional rugby to have a desire to attend. As an example of this, MP handed out a copy of a graph showing the increased funding given to the Regions by the WRU. Funding had doubled since 2016.

MP reminded JSG that there were seven agreed key indicators of success for the regions, Including:

  • Welsh International players
  • Youth Development and Academy
  • Management structure / coaching / governance
  • Community
  • Marketing

Work is ongoing on a formula based funding model going forward to better link funding to these areas of success.

A question was asked about the commercial structure:

Rugby Board – Team Managers from regions and Head Coaches

Business Board – tasked with reducing costs, leveraging economies of scale and increasing income.

 

2 – Player Retention and Pay Bands

JSG asked about the recent departures of promising young players and whether the changes to the pay bands were preventing the retention of key talent. MP said that, whilst he was not prepared to discuss individual players, some wanted to seek a different experience and that pay bands were not a factor in their decisions.

JSG asked whether regions were able to ‘top-up’ the pay bandings offered to individual players – thus encouraging players to choose one region over another. MP confirmed that this was allowed, but only to the top of the relevant banding which have been agreed by the Regions and WRPA. There was a further discussion about the perceived value of a player being different to different regions based on their depth in that particular position. MP confirmed that the reason for a band with a lower and upper limit was to cater for this eventuality.

The discussion moved onto whether the first season of working with Premier Sports had been deemed a success for the Pro 14. MP said that feedback seemed positive and that he understood viewing figures for the coverage to be broadly in line with that experienced by the BBC when all games are taken into account. He reminded JSG that BBC did not formally bid to cover the Pro 14. JSG members said that the coverage was good and it was encouraging to see decent exposure on regional rugby, as national media outlets traditionally focused on Team Wales. MP agreed and indicated that the PRB were increasing its focus on exposure for the Professional rugby brands in 2019 onwards.

MP agreed that the focus from the media on Team Wales did not help the regions and that he would prefer to see more balanced coverage. He said that there was work to do to educate many people attending Wales games that the team were successful because of, and not in spite of, the regional teams.

The Union is working with Regions in an effort to cut costs across the board. Savings are being made by agreeing deals where all Regions use the one travel company for travelling arrangements. Kit sponsorship is also being considered, but currently Regions have arrangements in place which end at different times.

 

3 – Communication from this meeting

Notes of the meeting would be produced by JSG and circulated to the group prior to publishing to members.

 

4 – AOB

There was no other business and it was agreed that the group would meet again in a few months – date tbc.

 

3 wins, 100 points scored, 13 tries and a playoff for Eupeans Champions Cup secured…..all in all, a very good month!

There have been some outstanding individual and team perfromances (including Dan Evans but as he won last month’s OSCA, he’s excluded from this month’s vote), but we’ve narrowed it down to a select few.

Sat, 06 Apr 31 – 14 W Cheetahs
Fri, 12 Apr 43 – 7 W Southern Kings
Sat, 27 Apr 26 – 23 W Cardiff Blues

Voting closes 5th May.  Thanks again to PB Garage Services for their continued support in sponsoring the OSCAs.  For a full list of previous winners, click here

April Player of the Month Vote

  • Owen Watkin (36%, 64 Votes)
  • Nicky Smith (30%, 53 Votes)
  • James King (22%, 39 Votes)
  • Adam Beard (8%, 14 Votes)
  • Bradley Davies (4%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 178

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Its time to vote for your penultimate player of the month for the 2018/19 season.   After a disapppointing end to the seasonal 6 Nations Irish campaign, the squad delivered a much needed boost contributing to six tries (only four were our own) in a bonus point victory over the Dragons.

Sat, 02 Mar 5 – 46 L Connacht
Sat, 23 Mar 29 – 20 W Dragons

Thanks again to Peter Benjamin of PB Garage Services for his continued support, sponsoring the 2018/19 OSCAs.

Voting closes Saturday 6th April.

March '19 Player of the Month Vote

  • Dan Evans (87%, 122 Votes)
  • Tom Botha (6%, 9 Votes)
  • Olly Cracknell (6%, 8 Votes)
  • Bradley Davies (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 141

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For a complete list of previous OSCA winners, click here

Now is the winter of our discontent….William Shakesphere’s word from Richard III’s words have rung true recently!  Two games during the 6 Nations, with no players released and two losses against strong Irish opposition.  But still, there have been a few glimpses of spring surely?

Get voting for your February Player of the month vote sponsored by PB garage Services.  Voting closes 18th Feb.

Fri, 15 Feb 0 – 8 L Ulster
Fri, 22 Feb 13 – 19 L Munster

February '19 Player of the Month

  • Hanno Dirksen (45%, 43 Votes)
  • Matthew Aubrey (24%, 23 Votes)
  • James King (15%, 14 Votes)
  • Scott Baldwin (12%, 11 Votes)
  • Bradley Davies (4%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 95

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For a full list of previous OSCA winners, click here