31 Jan RAVENS SET FOR EXCITING NEW ERA AS MEMBERS APPROVE TAKEOVER
An open meeting for all members of Clwb Rygbi Penybont ar Ogwr Ltd was held at the Morganstone Brewery Field on Thursday evening.
Chaired by Bridgend Ravens Club Chairman Norman Spain with the assistance of club Secretary Tony Williams, members overwhelmingly voted in favour of approving the proposals agreed with the Ospreys solicitors, received in its final agreed format on January 2nd 2020.
It was agreed by members that Clwb Rygbi Penybont ar Ogwr Ltd purchase Bridgend Ravens Rugby Club Ltd from the Ospreys, returning the club to a community owned, members run club.
Approval was also given to formally agree the Service Agreement with the Ospreys for the running of the rugby side of Bridgend Ravens for the remainder of the 2019/20 season and agreement was also approved regarding a share purchase agreement relating to the Morganstone Brewery Field.
Bridgend Ravens’ first game under new community ownership will be the vital Indigo Premiership match on 15th February at the Morganstone Brewery Field against Llanelli.
With the takeover now agreed, Bridgend Ravens will continue a relationship with the Ospreys as part of the development pathway system which has seen players such as Rhys Webb, Scott Baldwin and Matthew Morgan represent Bridgend Ravens, before pulling on their regional jersey and then representing Wales on the international stage. It’s also been a beneficial relationship in recent times, with Ospreys academy youngsters Brad Roderick, Travis Huntley, Joseph Grabham, Morgan Strong and Garin Lloyd all part of the Bridgend Ravens setup this season, gaining valuable game time in their path to senior rugby.
Following the vote, Bridgend Ravens secretary Tony Williams commented; ‘At this time of change, we are keen to thank the Ospreys for all that they have done and continue to do rugby in the local area. It should not go unnoticed that without their continued and grateful support, the club might not be in its current position.
Particular thanks should go to Wayne Hall and Roger Blyth who have both offered invaluable support to Bridgend Ravens over the years.
We are all excited with the opportunities that the future holds for Bridgend Ravens. Work starts now, and we hope to announce some positive news shortly regarding the on and off field structure of our great club.’
Chairman Norman Spain said; ‘I was delighted to Chair a meeting of Club Members last night, the first time in many years that this has happened and even more delighted with the outcome.
The decision will ensure the wellbeing of Bridgend Ravens is firmly back in Bridgend hands and managed by people who have the Ravens interest at heart.
We will continue to remain close to and supportive of the Ospreys, after all we are part of the Ospreys Region and I would like to thank the Ospreys for their enormous contribution over the years.
The Ravens journey is taking a new direction reverting back to a Members Club that will revitalize how the Ravens are governed. Many supporters have been calling for this to happen for a while and now our destiny is in our own hands.’
Further information regarding the agreements will be published in due course.