Bridgend District youngsters get their chance

The selection process for Bridgend District U12 and U13 squads is well underway with more than 160 youngsters currently involved in phase one of the programme.

The players are currently participating in a series of sessions under the watchful eye of Gary Clement, Ospreys Development Officer for Bridgend, along with his team of District coaches, focussing on conditioning, agility, speed, fun and games, in addition to rugby skills.

Over 80 boys in each age-grade were invited to take part after a series of club festivals hosted by the region towards the end of last season, which were aimed at identifying players suitable for this phase of training, with a number of players coming into the set-up for the first time this summer.

The sessions will continue at Pyle RFC until the end of July, to identify talent to move onto phase two of the programme, who will then compete in training and trials for a place in the main squad.

Speaking about the procedure, Gary Clement said:

"The standard of player has been very impressive, which as well as making the selection process a very difficult one, is a clear signal that club and school rugby in the Bridgend district is thriving. I know that Chris Jones (Head Coach U13) and Richard Owen (Head Coach U12) are really excited about working with these groups of players and helping them take their next step towards representing the region.

"We have excellent relationships with the three Districts in the region, who each have a crucial role to play in the Ospreys' player development pathway in terms of identifying talent, exposing more players to the selection process and ultimately, the development of the best young local talent.

"I'd like to thank Pyle RFC for their continued hospitality come rain or shine throughout the summer and into next season, and also, a very big thank you to all the school teachers and club coaches for their excellent work in developing children for the Ospreys pathway and, importantly, their continued support for the selection process."