A packed week of half-term activity saw Ospreys in the Community hosting three separate rugby camps, including the busiest senior camp for 13-17 year olds ever.
Hundreds of boys and girls from across Ospreylia were put through their paces by trained Ospreys in the Community coaches at a three day kids camp at Llandarcy Academy of Sport, a one day kids camp at Bishopston Comprehensive, and the senior day at Llandarcy.
Offering a more technical programme suitable for teenage rugby players of all abilities, the senior camp has proven a hugely popular addition to OitC’s offerings. Friday’s camp combined on field sessions with a look at how to maintain a high level of conditioning both on the field and in the gym, and the number of participants was higher than ever before for a senior camp.
Although children head back to school on Monday, it doesn’t mean that the OitC team put their feet up as this week’s schedule of activity is as busy as ever, with mixed ability rugby, school visits and club nights all on the agenda this week.
Throughout the week, OitC is heavily involved with National Careers Week, working with Bridgend College, Swansea University and Morganstone at events from Monday to Friday.
Today (Sunday morning) saw Lloyd Ashley and Tom Habberfield reporting for duty at Heronsbridge School in Bridgend where they joined a new inclusive community club for mixed ability rugby, open to everyone aged 6-16.
Ashley is back out in the community on Wednesday morning, along with James Hook, Gareth Thomas and Morgan Morris, at Porthcawl Primary, Mayals Primary, Bridgend College and Burlais Primary respectively.
That evening is the first of two club nights scheduled for this week, with Olly Cracknell, Hanno Dirksen, Gheorge Gajion and Joe Thomas at Aberavon Green Stars. Then, on Friday night, it’s Matthew Aubrey, Dan Baker, Ifan Phillips and Luke Price who are donning their boots for a session at Abercrave RFC.
Next Sunday then sees the launch of a second inclusive community club, this time in Swansea, at Morriston Leisure Centre.
It continues a busy season for OitC, who have engaged with over 25,000 people in the community of all ages this season to date, at 430 different events.
Almost 7,000 of those who have come into contact with OitC this season have visited the Liberty Stadium, either by attending a match or coming as part of the schools programme.
With a host of end of season festivals and presentation nights starting to be penciled in, it promises to be busier than ever as the Ospreys in the Community team continues it’s outstanding work to grow the game across the Region, introducing the next generation of players, supporters and administrators to the Ospreys.