Lloyd Peers returned to his former school to present an award that recognises their commitment to rugby development.
Porthcawl Comprehensive School is the latest in the Ospreys region to receive the WRU School of Rugby Award. Launched in 2013, the initiative aims to reward schools that have shown a commitment to the development of rugby in Wales.
The Comprehensive School had to meet several criteria to gain the award, such as active player numbers and competing in a certain amount of games, as Ben Rose, WRU Rugby Development Manager for the Ospreys region explains:
“For a school to be eligible for the award they have to meet a set amount of benchmarks that show their dedication to developing the game and helping rugby thrive in the future. Porthcawl have shown their commitment to this, by entering male and female teams of all ages into the various competitions offered to them. Not only are they meeting the criteria, but exceeding it as they have recently become one of the Ospreylian schools to appoint a dedicated Rugby Officer.
“Porthcawl is a true rugby school and are producing real talent, with several current and former Ospreys coming through in recent years. They certainly deserve to be named as a School of Rugby.”
One of those former pupils is Peers, who has captained the region into PRO12 action this season, and along with fellow Osprey Morgan Allen, he recently returned to the school for the presentation:
“It’s great to have returned to Porthcawl to give them the award” said Peers.
“ Rugby has always been a massive part of the school and going there has certainly had a positive impact on me as a player and on my career. It’s a real privilege to be able to come back to the school and present them with this award which is obviously well deserved.”