Our children are so into it because we were so into the club, and our children have entered the club as well. My daughter does a lot... my other daughter doesn't, because she has three kids and doesn't live in Seven Sisters anymore. We do more than a bit in our time you know, so I think once you're in you don't really go."
- Linda Howell
- Linda Howell
The Seven Sisters Rugby Football Club is a dynamic aspect of the local community. While Seven Sisters has experienced many changes over the decades, the rugby club has remained a strong influence in the lives of its members. Through the RFC, the community is able to support individuals and local organizations. Indeed, recognition and help is a common theme that runs throughout the club's rich history. In addition to providing individuals with financial aid through fundraising events, the Seven Sisters Rugby Football Club gives back to the community by assisting other prominent organizations in the valley. During times of crisis, the club has also served as a support system for the local community, providing a focal point for celebration and a reason for residents to come together as a community. During the Miners Strike of 1984-85, for instance, the club persevered, creating a situation in which everyone came together to support their neighbors. In addition to being a center for camaraderie during 1984-85, the rugby club played an active role aiding the striking miners of Seven Sisters. According to Magnificent Seven by Hywel Francis, "a player and future chairman, Phil Bowen, at the time a local strike leader, was able to persuade the Club to loan its bus to ferry striking miners to neighboring picket lines." David Jones, a miner and rugby player during the 1984-85 strike, recalled that the rugby club provided support to his family during the strike: “It helped because I was involved in a community that supported us.”
The recent inclusion of children and teenagers in the club promises to ensure the survival of the Seven Sisters Rugby Football Club and the community at large by helping to shape young people into good citizens. The youth and juniors teams, for instance, have helped to instill in their players values essential to being an active part of the community, most notably respect, discipline, camaraderie, and an appreciation of the importance of family and community. Participation in the club also assists struggling youth to develop confidence in themselves, a healthy outlet for their emotions, and a source of friendship and support.
The current youth team was established in 1967 by former club chairman and lifetime member of the club Morris Davies. Davies recognized the importance of youth teams in building good citizens to continue the club and the community in the future. In recent decades, the youth section of the club has expanded to include a women’s youth team. Junior players from Seven Sisters currently participate in the Dulais Valley Team, which consists of players from Seven Sisters and the nearby communities of Crynant and Banwen. Created in 2010 as a solution to recruitment issues in all three communities, the team works on a rotational system with each club hosting different parts of the team at different times.