9th Annual Festival of Rugby at Gwernyfed RFC

On the 21st April, the 9th Annual Festival of Rugby took place in Talgarth, Powys at Gwernyfed RFC.

The day, which is organised by Nicola Jones, the 5x60 Development Officer for Powys and supported by Dyfed-Powys School Community Police Officer PC Mike Eckley, sees primary school children from the Gwernyfed School Cluster coming together for a day of rugby skills and competition.

Each year, all the primary schools in the Talgarth area are actively encouraged to get involved; this year the event saw around 140 children from five of the schools in the area taking part in the skills day. This year children from Year’s 3 to 6 from Bronllys, Clyro, Hay, Llyswen, Llangorse, and Talgarth schools took part in the day.

In the morning, the children enjoyed skills sessions such as rugby rounders, which was led by students from Gwernyfed High School and Coleg Powys Sports students. All the students did a fantastic job of coaching the primary-aged children, encouraging them and teaching them skills to help them in the afternoon.

After the morning spent learning rugby skills, the pitch was split into three pitches; a Year 5 and 6 pitch, a Year 3 to 6 girls and a Year 3 and 4 pitch, where the children got to take part in seven-aside games to showcase what they had learnt. It was an opportunity for parents and grandparents to turn out and see their children and grandchildren in action. As usual, the children all supported each other and cheered each other on to encourage each other.

Finally, after each team got to play a game of ‘Round Robin’, the winners were chosen. Hay Primary School won Year 5 and 6 and were winners of the Dyfed Powys Police Shield; Llyswen won Year 3 and 4 and were winners of the Healthy Schools Shield and Hay also won the Year 3 to 6 Girls Competition and the Nicky Evans’s Memorial Shield.

School Community Police Officer PC Mike Eckley said; “The day just gets better and better. This is the 9th time we’ve run this day, which is all about making new friends and using sport as a positive citizenship vehicle within the community. Hopefully this is the first step to guide children into sport and away from anti-social behaviour. Many thanks to Gwernyfed RFC for their support and the use of their pitches.”