A couple of weeks ago we had a fab day out watching the Wales v England rugby international at the Principality Stadium.
It was our two boys’ first experience of a big rugby match, and they were lucky enough to see Wales win at home.
It’s definitely something I’d like to do with them again … they loved being part of the crowd, and the atmosphere was amazing.
As we walked through Cardiff I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be a suitable day out for children? I was reassured by the number of parents and children we saw, and it turned out to be such a family friendly day.
What I didn’t realise at the time is that the WRU has a junior membership scheme, which is aimed at children aged between 5 and 15 and gives loads of benefits for mini rugby fans.
Junior members can attend all home international fixtures, meet and have photographs with a player at a membership event, and get free stadium tours. I know our boys loved going behind the scenes at the Principality last year!
As Wales walked onto the pitch to take on England, our five-year-old asked how there was a child coming out with the players. It turns out that the official mascot and ball bearer are chosen through a ballot with all junior members’ names in. How amazing would it be to walk alongside the team into a packed stadium?! I don’t think anyone would forget that in a hurry!
There’s a full list of benefits below, which I think more than make up the £20 cost for a year’s WRU junior membership (or £35 for two years). It’s definitely something we’ll be considering when both our boys are over five.
This weekend we’ll be cheering on Wales as they take on Ireland at home (there are still tickets available if you want to see the action live and in person). What will you be doing to get involved?
WRU Junior Membership benefits:
• Mascot opportunities*
• Ball bearer opportunities*
• Free Stadium tours
• No booking fee on tickets
• Priority access to tickets via the exclusive members pre-sale
• Members bar on match days*
• 10% discount on Welsh Rugby Camps
• Exclusive competitions
• 10% WRU merchandise discount
*Age restrictions apply.
Purchase your junior membership today for just £20 for a one year members or £35 for a two year membership.
Details of all membership packages can be found here.