By Nigel Francis
When the Dragons 7s first started back in 2011 in order to enter a side into the West Country 7s I never anticipated that as the start of the 4th season
approaches I would be writing a vision statement for Sports International Magazine. Mind you I had also never anticipated meeting Myak and being caught
up in his passion for women’s sport.
The first three years have seen the Dragons evolve from a group of players based in South Wales, who just
wanted to play 7s in the summer into a squad that is able to field two competitive sides at tournaments as we did at both the West Country 7s and Newquay
Surf 7s in 2013. This two-tiered structure is going to be very important in the future as we continue to develop with a long-term aim of becoming one of
the top invitation sides on the UK circuit.
The past 3 months have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride with a number of big changes being implemented. Perhaps the most important from the playing
side is the introduction of the Dragons Academy side, which will play under the banner of the Dreigiau 7s. It is very important to remember where the roots
of the Dragons started and the initial aim of the team, which was to offer Welsh players the opportunity to play 7s and help raise the standard of women’s
rugby in the Principality. With this in mind the Dreigiau 7s will be an all Welsh squad that will look to develop stars of the future. The Dragons 7s will
become a true invitation side and a number of players have already been approached for 2014. This two-tiered approach will hopefully secure the future
of the side on the UK circuit and help us offer the best talents a platform to showcase their skill.
The Dragons have also linked up with the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust, this amazing opportunity will see the Dragons raising funds for the Trust, which
uses athlete mentors to help support disadvantaged young adults around the UK. Philippa Tuttiett, a Wales 7s international, who has represented the
Dragons, is one of the mentors on this programme. From humble roots we now find ourselves in a position to ask some of the top talent across the UK
and beyond to represent the side.
So where does this leave the Dragons? It is necessary to evolve to survive and this is precisely what has happened with the team.
From humble roots we now find ourselves in a position to ask some of the top talent across the UK and beyond to represent the side. The aim of
the Dragons is unchanged in that we want to become one of the best sides on the circuit, being a side that players want to represent and having a great
deal of fun in the process! After all that is why we are all involved in the beautiful game of 7s rugby.
It would be greatly remiss of me not to express my sincere thanks to Myak for all the hard work that he is putting into helping drive this evolution.
The passion he brings to the Dragons is a great motivator for me to continue to work hard and the contacts he brings with him have opened a number
of doors both with potential players and sponsors. Thank you mate, here’s to the future!
For more information about the Dragons please visit:
www.dragons7s.co.uk or contact Nigel at firstname.lastname@example.org