"I well remember the fantastic community projects Phil ran at Newport Rugby Club!" the former Wales second row Ian Gough told Wales Online."The kids and parents loved them and it was one of the key reasons why Newport in those days of the early Noughties, played in front of a packed Rodney Parade week-in, week-out. So in a way, it's no surprise to see the way that Lawrie and Rhondda Netball is setting the world of female sport ablaze. The backing of the schools, the huge participation numbers, the reach deep into the community, and the tidal wave of parental support would be amazing at any time, but given the fact that the initiative doesn't celebrate its first anniversary until September, makes Rhondda Netball a truly astonishing story. The mind boggles at what it will look like in two or three years time! I for one, am expecting great things and suspect that female sport is in for a period of significant growth and heightened profile. A big well done to all involved!"