Ospreys and Swansea Council team up for 'Baby

The Ospreys Community Rugby Development team has once again linked up with the City and County of Swansea's 'Active Swansea Team' to run a series of special coaching sessions aimed at introducing young children to the game of rugby.

Aimed at 5 – 7 yr old children, the weekly courses are being held in community leisure centres right across the city and run for a period of ten weeks with Ospreys development coaches delivering a specially tailored programme to children aged 5-7, introducing them to the basic FUNdamentals of the game via TAG rugby (non-contact).

Participants are taught the basics of evasion, handing and tagging before they are signposted to clubs to continue their involvement in the game, providing an ongoing supply line of players to local clubs in the Swansea area.

This is the third year that this partnership has been used to introduce new rugby players to the game, with the number if courses running growing each year. At the end of the course children get the opportunity to meet some of the Ospreys squad, who attend the last session to present the children with certificates of attendance.

Ben Rose, Player Development Officer for the Swansea District, said:

“I’m delighted to be working in partnership with Active Swansea once for another series of these 'Baby Osprey' sessions. These courses will compliment the work of the WRU/Ospreys development staff by providing 5-7year olds with an ideal start for playing rugby. We plan to work with all of Swansea’s rugby clubs to ensure there are exit routes from these courses directly into long term opportunities for rugby participation within the community”

Courses start the week commencing 20th September and will run for 10 weeks. The cost of the course is £30 per child with a discount for passport to leisure cardholders.

The courses will take place at the following venues. Please contact the centres direct to book on the courses.

Penlan Leisure Centre Monday 4.30–5.30 (01792 588079)
Morriston Leisure Centre Tuesday 5–6 (01792 797082)
Bishopston Sports Centre Tuesday 4.30–5.30 (01792 235040)
Bishopston Sports Centre Wednesday 4.30–5.30 (01792 235040)
LC Wednesday 4.30–5.30 (01792 466500)
Cefn Hengoed Leisure Centre Thursday 5–6 (01792 798484)
Penyrheol Leisure Centre Thursday 4.45–5.45 (01792 897039)