Ospreys in the Community are delighted to officially launch our brand new and exciting TRY Pi Schools programme powered by Sony UK Technology Centre and Warburtons.
Education is one of the four pillars supporting Ospreys in the Community. The Ospreys TRY Pi Programme supports the education aims of the foundation and operates across South Wales.
After a successful pilot of the programme which saw Gwyrosydd, Ysgol Lon Las, Gendros, Alderman Davies, Ynysfach and Cefn Cribwr all take part, the team were at Sony in Pencoed on Thursday to officially launch the new programme which has been developed with the new curriculum.
Schools will take part in:
- A tour of Sony UK TEC and a coding session
- Practical session with Ospreys in the Community coaches
- Interactive visits to the Liberty Stadium and a workshop with Warburtons
- A player interview at their school or via Skype
- Schools TAG rugby festival with other schools on the programme
Each school will have a practical element to the programme, with a community coach running a weekly programme through term designed to develop the basics of rugby, teamwork, communication, spatial awareness and physical literacy. Children will be encouraged to work as part of a team, and those who do not wish to take part in playing any of the games can write their own match reports or take photos so that everyone can be involved. Schools on the programme will be invited to a TAG festival with other schools on the programme to finish off and celebrate graduating from the TRY Pi programme.
Working with Warburtons, children will gain the knowledge of bread making, food and a healthy diet. They’ll have informative and practical learning experiences which teach the importance of a balanced diet, hygiene and safety, food waste and basic food preparation in an enjoyable and creative way.
When we don’t have a ball in our hands, we will have a pen, mouse or tablet. Schools will use green screens for player interviews and take part in an interactive tour of the Liberty Stadium. Using tablets from Sony UK TEC and utilising apps, they’ll be able to capture photos, videos, write about their experiences and challenge themselves in a history and fact-finding quiz around the stadium.
Speaking at the launch, Community Foundation Manager Tom Sloane said: “It’s fantastic to be able to launch this exciting new programme for Ospreys in the Community. As a foundation we’re all about promoting the #MoreThanRugby element to engage with the wider community and this programme really highlights that whilst making a difference to primary school children. We’ve had lots of positive feedback from the schools that took part in the pilot programme, and the great thing about this whole project is that the children are behind creating it, making it better and helping it to constantly evolve. It’s great that our long-standing relationship with Sony UK TEC continues with Warburtons joining again to deliver their school modules, a great programme delivered by three giant brands.”
The future plans for the programme include:
- Working with SMART Education to deliver a “Educate the educators” element.
- Implementation of TROSIAD, our Welsh language programme.
- Development of KS3 & KS4
- The children involved will also have the chance to help evolve and develop the programme.