Gowerton Comprehensive School has been given the Welsh Rugby Union's School of Rugby Award.
Gowerton Comprehensive School has become one of the 22 schools in Wales accredited as a School of Rugby. The initiative, launched earlier this year by the WRU, rewards schools that show a commitment to the development of rugby in Wales.
Gowerton has been recognised for providing playing and coaching opportunities for as many children of possible, running teams in many age grades and fulfilling a high numbers of fixtures. As well as its links to rugby in the wider community and providing its pupils opportunities such as their recent rugby tour to Australia.
WRU Development Manager for the Ospreys Region said on the Award:
“Gowerton School have been awarded the WRU School of Rugby Award to reward their commitment to rugby, within the school and the surrounding area. They’ve had real success in developing players for the Ospreys and Wales with former players including Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
“They are producing real talent and we want to recognise that because we value the importance of school rugby. It’s not just about playing the game, it’s about the whole environment. It’s the opportunities for the kids to coach, to go on tours and to get experiences on and off the field. Gowerton are one of the strongest rugby schools in the area, well deserving of the award and I’m sure that with the talent they have playing for them they will be producing lots more Ospreys in the future”.
Headmaster Mr Harrison on receiving the award:
“We are absolutely delighted and grateful to become a WRU School of Rugby. It recognises the hard work from the staff and pupils that goes into the extracurricular activities and the talented youngsters that we have”.
Kevin Lockett, Head of P.E. added:
“We are really grateful to the Ospreys for the support they give us to help us develop the young talent that we have here at the school. With that and the grant from the WRU it has enabled us to do many things that we weren’t able to before such as buy in extra facilities and coaches. The award will help us to fulfil the school’s aim to give as many boys and girls as possible access to play rugby”.