19 January 2006
Players from the Gwent Dragons squad are visiting Brynmawr Comprehensive School on Friday 20th January at 1pm to give a rugby masterclass to local school children.
Almost 140 year six pupils from Blaen-y-cwm Primary, St Mary’s CIW Primary, Coed Cae Juniors and Ysgol Gymraeg Brynmawr will be attending the two-hour session to improve their rugby skills and take part in organised coaching activities.
Players from the senior rugby team at Brynmawr Comprehensive School and GCSE PE students will be assisting the Dragons with their coaching.
The pupils from the four feeder schools will be put through their paces by the rugby players as they develop their rugby skills, before taking part in games of touch rugby. The day will end with a question and answer session with the players.
The Gwent Dragons players attending on the day include: Michael Owen, Luke Charteris, Jason Foster, Ricky Williams, Chris Anthony, Richard Payne, Gethin Robinson, Nathan Brew, Adam Black, James Ireland, Steve Jones, Kieran Crawford, Ben Thompson and Coach Leigh Jones.
Councillor Steve Thomas, Executive Member for Health and Well Being – Healthy Living, said: “It is fantastic that the Gwent Dragons are visiting Blaenau Gwent to promote the development of rugby within the local area. Not only will it offer year six pupils an opportunity to experience sporting activities at their future Comprehensive school, it will also encourage both boys and girls to take part in physical activity that is vital for their health and well being. Introducing children to sport at a young age will hopefully increase their levels of activity and these events are an opportunity for possible sporting stars of the future to be inspired by the sporting stars of today.”
Players from the Gwent Dragons will be visiting other local schools in Blaenau Gwent over the next few months.