The Ospreys will celebrate the life of 16-year old ball boy Dylan Gunner at Saturday’s PRO12 match versus Connacht at the Liberty Stadium following his long struggle with ill health.
Sports mad Dylan, a popular figure at the Liberty Stadium, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2012 and, despite his long illness remained an upbeat and positive young man who lived for sport right up until he sadly lost his battle over the summer.
A member of his local club, Mumbles RFC, Dylan had also served as a member of the ball boy team at the Liberty Stadium on Ospreys matchdays.
His team-mates from Mumbles will be holding a bucket collection on Saturday with proceeds going to Dylan’s memorial fund, while supporters will be invited to join a minute’s applause ahead of kick-off.
Aside from the celebration of Dylan there’s plenty of activity in and around the game on matchday, with activity for all the family ahead of the 1.30pm kick-off.
The new-look fully interactive O-Zone opens for business at 11.30am, two hours before the big match gets underway, offering a safe and fun environment for big and little ones alike. Safer Swansea and Safer Neath Port Talbot will be launching their B.A.N.G. campaign in the O-Zone and there’ll be free Ospreys posters given away on the day, while Owen Watkin and Dan Suter will be present, meeting children, in between 12.45 and 1.15pm.
Supporters visiting the Club Shop can meet Tyler Ardron between 12.30 and 1.15pm, the international pair instore to sign autographs and pose for photos ahead of the game,
Once the final whistle blows after the match there’s still plenty going on, with the club shop staying open until 5pm, while the Riverside Lounge, the home of the Ospreys Supporters Club is expected to be busy with Brendon Leonard and Paul James popping over and the Rugby World Cup semi-final between South Africa and New Zealand on the screen.
Tickets remain available for the game – you can buy yours online now at ospreysrugby.com/buytickets (don’t forget you can print at home to avoid the matchday queues) or alternatively, the Ticket Office is open from 10am.
Remember, anyone who produced a ticket for ANY World Cup 2015 match, at ANY venue, at the Ticket Office, at the time of purchase can buy a standard adult match ticket for tomorrow’s game for just £10 – that’s just half price. The offer is available right up until kick-off time.