OitC & Aspire 2Be shortlisted for award

Ospreys in the Community and TRY programme partners, Aspire 2Be, have been named as finalists in the WalesOnline Digital Awards 2018.

Tomorrow Ospreys in the Community and Aspire 2Be will beattending the WalesOnline Digital Awards as finalists after we were nominated for the Best Use of Technology within Education Award, sponsored by ACCA Wales Cymru.

Innovation Point, whose aim is to drive and increase digital innovation in Wales, are the overall sponsors and chief executive David Warrender commented on the awards:

“2018 is already seeing attention-grabbing developments from across our digital community. And this year’s finalists are talented individuals and organisations which are driving innovation and growth across digital technology in Wales, the UK and further afield.”

The nomination was for our TRY programme, which is run in partnership with Aspire 2Be. The programme, which was re-launched last year, works with schools from across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, and beyond, and links rugby and education.

TRY fits into the curriculum and has literacy, numeracy and digital competency at the heart of the programme, as well as bespoke high quality training for staff in these areas.

The programme, which last year was delivered to more than 4,000 pupils, has even recently launched a world first with iBeacon technology and the OitC app The beacons mean we send messages, rich curriculum content and offers directly into classrooms across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend. It’s the first time a rugby region can talk and push content directly to schools and teachers.

Paul Whapham, Foundation Manager Ospreys in the Community, remarked on the nomination:

“We're delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist with Aspire 2Be in the Best Use of Technology within Education category. A lot of hard work has gone into our educational programmes and we’re very proud of how far the TRY programme has come over the last three years and the impact it has on teachers, pupils and their schools.”


Keep an eye out on Ospreys in the Community on social media platforms tomorrow afternoon to see how we get on.