Ospreys pair Ben John and Sam Lewis went back to their old school last week to hand over a WRU School of Rugby award.
Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr joins Gowerton and Cwmtawe Comprehensives as schools in Swansea to have received School of Rugby accreditation, an initiative which rewards schools that show a commitment to the development of rugby in Wales.
The duo, who have both recently committed their futures to the region, both spent five years at Gwyr, where they cut their rugby teeth. They enjoyed a return to their old stomping ground where they were able to provide inspiration to current day pupils, providing an example of what can be achieved through hard work.
Reflecting on the visit, and handing over the award to his old school, open side flanker Lewis said:
"Without the input of the staff at Gwyr I wouldn't have been able to achieve what I have by representing the Ospreys. They played a big part in my development, so it's great to see that their efforts are being officially recognised by the School of Rugby Award. Hopefully it will encourage more schools to make a commitment to rugby over the coming years.”
“I’m proud to be able to come back here as an Osprey to hand over this award. It’s a great school, one that is passionate about rugby, so it is fully deserved. Hopefully there will be many more coming through from Gwyr to represent their region in the future.”
Ben Rose, WRU Regional Development Manager for the Ospreys region, commented:
“Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr 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, so it is fantastic to see two former pupils coming back today to present the award.
“The importance of school rugby can’t be overstated. It’s not just about what happens on the field, but about the culture and the discipline that participation instils in young people. Hopefully, this award and the presence of Ben and Sam in school can inspire the next generation of pupils to enjoy the game.”