Getting up close and personal with NYC member Dan Rowlands
What made you want to be part of the NYC?
I had already volunteered around Staffordshire and Merseyside working in local schools and being a part of community projects. I wanted to further my experiences by contributing to youth rugby on a national scale.
What do you want to achieve?
I want to create more opportunities for and raise awareness of the ways in which 16-24 year olds can be involved in the game in England .
Why did you get involved in rugby union?
I started playing at secondary school as the school had a great rugby reputation and everybody played. I fell in love with the game immediately and so joined my local rugby club, Lichfield RUFC, and started to take a great interest in what was being played on television and the sport's history.
How are you involved at the moment?
I play on a regular basis for National Two side Caldy RUFC, and coach within three schools in Merseyside. I also help coach the Mini/Junior sections at both Caldy and Lichfield in my spare time.
Who inspires you?
Both my mum and dad inspire me greatly. My dad has always been a hard worker and has taught me nothing in life comes free to you, so you have to go out there challenge yourself and get the goals that you want. My mum has always inspired me as she has taught me whats right and wrong and how to make the best choices in life. She is very tolerant as she lives with four lads: me, my two brothers and dad. We are all heavily involved in rugby, so she dedicates a lot of her time to us.
What do you do for fun?
I spend a lot of time around rugby clubs, training and playing, or getting involved with the coaching for my brothers' teams. Away from rugby I enjoy going to the gym, but most of all going out socially with my friends. I also enjoy coming back from university at the weekends and catching up with family and friends at home.
If you were an animal what would you be and why?
A monkey. They are quite cheeky chappies and look fun to be around.