Ospreys host Gower schools festival

The Ospreys have teamed up with South Wales Police to organise the day long event which will see over 200 school children participating at the festival.

Seventeen schools from the Gower area will compete at Dunvant RFC on Wednesday 28th April, with the action getting underway at 9.30am.

Organised in conjunction with South Wales Police, it is the second year that the event has taken place. It is seen an important date in the force's community calendar, providing an excellent opportunity for local officers to engage with local youngsters in a sporting environment.

The competition is open to Years 5 and 6.

Schools competing are:

Pen-y-fro, Crwys, Dunvant, Hendrefoilan, Cila, Bishopston, Sketty, Parkland, Llwynderw, Newton, Oystermouth, Whitestone, St Davids, Grange, Mayals, Knelston, Llanmorlais, Llanrhydian, Penclawdd and Pennard.

Jason Lewis, WRU Ospreys Community Development Manager, said:

"This is an important date for us in terms of encouraging youngsters from the Gower area to take up rugby. After the success of last year's event, we are delighted to be able to assist South Wales Police in the organisation and hosting of the competition, along with Dunvant RFC, and I'm sure it will be another good day for the children competing.

"We are looking forward to seeing more than 200 youngsters enjoying the thrills of rugby in a festival environment, which will, we hope, ignite a lifelong passion for playing the game."

Elite Performance Director, Andrew Hore added:

"One of our key aims at the Ospreys is to increase the number of local players amongst our senior professional squad, and if we are to achieve this then it is critical that we increase the number of people participating in the community game, growing our overall player base.  To do that, events like this are critical as they encouraging youngsters to participate in the game, and as such,  have a long term positive effect on the elite end of the game"