Children from three schools in Neath Port Talbot braved the unseasonal weather for a special visit to Llandarcy where they were able to get an exclusive insight into life as an Osprey.
Years 4-6 from Tir Morfa Primary School, Year 6 from Blaendulais Primary School and Years 7 and 8 from Sandfields Comprehensive were invited along to the Ospreys training base by Lisa Jones, Participation Officer for the Neath Port Talbot District, where they were fortunate enough to be able to watch the team training from the sidelines. After training, they met the players who spent time chatting with the children, answering questions, signing the programmes that the children had been given on arrival, and having their pictures taken with their young fans.
After a 45 minute lunch break the visitors were then taken to the Ospreys’ indoor training barn for an afternoon of rugby fun. The older pupils from Sandfields played Atomic Touch while the rest of the children took part in fun rugby games and a small tag tournament.
To round off the visit, the children received free Ospreys posters, with those who had made the best effort in the rugby games also being awarded Ospreys goodies to take away.
Speaking about the visit, Lisa Jones said:
“It was a great day of rugby for the children. Despite the bad weather they thoroughly enjoyed their visit and being able to get a close up look at their heroes training. To then be able to actually play rugby themselves in the barn where the Ospreys players train every day was a special treat for them.
“It’s great for us to be able to host these kinds of visits as it really has an impact on the children and helps to strengthen the link we have with them and their community. We look forward to seeing some of these children at the Liberty in the coming season.”