St Helens rugby ground will host the Swansea Ents Cup final this year for the first time in the tournament’s history as the league look to further raise its prestige.
Intramural representative Ceri Parker called the venue switch from Sketty Lane “pretty important” as the league looks to expand and raise its profile contiunally year on year.
“St Helens is a ground that has a bigger capacity than what Sketty Lane has to offer,” Parker said.
“The floodlights mean we can play the match like a Champions League style final instead of the FA Cup style which doesn’t bring in the numbers that we feel we could.”
The added advantage of St Helens is that it is situated in the hub of Brynmill, with the rugby clubhouse being a popular destination for local Swansea residents.
Parker believes that this could help promote the league further as it looks to build up its prestige within Swansea University and become a role model for other intramural institutions.
“With the ground you get the added bonus of them advertising the event,” he said.
“”Hopefully we can get some locals down to watch the best intramural has to offer.
“In the future we want people to look at the league and potentially model their one on ours.”
This expansion of the intramural profile became further apparent last year when it was added to the Varsity roster and Parker is even more excited about the coming match in seven months time.
“Last year in Cardiff was a very important step in progression of intramural,” Parker said.
The match itself proved to be highly popular as spectators flooded to Pontcanna fields to witness intramural’s debut in the event.
Parker added: “We beat them 4-1 so they will be looking for revenge next year.
“Hopefully we can put a few more goals on them, so let’s beat them 7-1.”
The first Raise and Give (Rag) shield match took place which saw the cup winners play the league winners in a one off tie, similar to the English Community Shield.
This tie further highlights the growth in the league as it teams up with the university’s charity society for an annual event that will also feature the university’s radio station, Xtreme, and the Swansea Siren cheerleaders.
Rag raises money for 12 charities locally and nationally throughout the year.
Parker added: “I think it’s crucial to the charities that we take advantage of our charity society being merged with a large member group that is intramural football.
“To have 320 players and three charities coming together to raise as much money possible is fantastic.”