Development day for Dewar Shield teams

The squads from the five Ospreylian Dewar Shield sides came together during half-term for a special event focusing on skill and holistic development.


Players from Swansea Schools, Swansea Valley Schools, Neath Schools, Aberavon Schools and Bridgend Schools, the five Ospreys region teams that compete in the Dewar Shield, took part in a development day run by the WRU’s community development team for the region. 

More than 150 young players attended the event held at Dwr Y Felin School where the focus was on both skills and holistic development.

During the morning session there were presentations on subjects such as nutrition and goal setting as well as fitness testing by Sam Dodge, WRU National Development Strength and Conditioning Coach. In the afternoon the attending players took part in skills sessions, run by the School Hub Officers, looking at contact and ball handling.

Liam Scott, WRU Rugby Co-ordinator, Ospreys Region, commented:

"The experience been really successful with a huge number of players from the five teams taking part. With their Dewar Shield season starting soon it was a great time to get everyone together and focus on their upcoming campaigns.

"Rather than purely concentrating on their skills it was important to us for them to look at other areas such as their lifestyle management and nutrition which are essential parts of their rugby careers, as well as giving them unique opportunities such as fitness testing by a national coach.

The five team's 2015/16 Dewar Shield campaigns kick off in mid November with friendlies before the competition starts in January.