Player visit rounds off coaching sessions

The Ospreys Community Rugby team rounded off a four-week coaching block at Plasnewydd Primary School in Maesteg with a special visit from Ozzie the Osprey, who was joined by players for the occasion.

Mikey Williams, Participation Officer for the Bridgend District, has been a regular visitor to the school during the current team, delivering a series of rugby skills and development sessions with Year 6 pupils, and he was joined in the final week by Ospreys duo Andrew Bishop and James Goode.

The pair were accompanied by Ozzie the Osprey, who joined in with the pupils as they received expert rugby tuition from the players. After the fun and games outside, everybody moved indoors where Bishop and Goode took part in a Q&A, answering questions from the children about their lives as professional rugby players. To round off the visit, they then ensured that all the youngsters had their autographs before posing for pictures in the school hall, the children showing off their Ospreys masks that Mikey and the players were handing out.

Following the visit, the pupils then wrote thank you letters as part of an Ospreys themed English lesson.

Speaking about the visit, Mikey Williams commented:

“Plasnewydd Primary School has welcomed the Ospreys with open arms this term. The four-week coaching block has gone down well with the pupils and the visit from Ozzie and the players in the final week was the highlight. Andrew and James were great with the pupils, who loved having the Ospreys in their midst, and everybody had great fun.”

Andrew Bishop added:

“We’re always made to feel extra special when we go into schools like this and Plasnewydd was no different. I think the children have really enjoyed their rugby sessions and there was a real buzz about the place when we were there. For us as players, it’s great to be able to do things like this in the community, and we really hope that it will inspire some of the children to play rugby and to support the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium.”