The worlds of sport and media came together at a Penarth Primary School recently when young pupils got a taste of both rugby stardom and life behind a lens.
Year Five and Six pupils from Evenlode Primary School met Cardiff Blues player Mark Lewis and took part in a rugby skills session, all the while being captured on camera by classmates who were filming the event for a special 'Media4schools' project.
The rugby sessions were led by budding coaches from Stanwell and St Cyres schools who are learning their trade after volunteering to become coaches as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Council's Dragon Sport scheme.
The Vale's Dragon Sport co-ordinator Rachel McGuinness said: "This was a fantastic day for everyone involved. From a Dragon Sport perspective, we are delighted to see people coming forward to offer their time to learn about sports coaching. This event gave the teenagers an opportunity to put into practice what they have learned and the young pupils from Evenlode Primary School were really enthusiastic, having lots of fun showing their skills."
All of the youngsters were excited to meet the Blues star Mark Lewis, who lives not far from the school in Penarth. The rugby playing pupils listened to every word he said, eager to pick up tips, while the 'media4schools' pupils honed their camerawork and interview techniques by quizzing the back row forward.
Also on hand at the event were Myfanwy Connolly and Nadine Griffiths from the Cardiff Blues' Future Blues Development team, and the Vale of Glamorgan Council's Rugby Development Officer Matt Silva.
Matt said: "I was really pleased with the way the youngsters threw themselves into the skill and game-based activities. They had a lot of fun and it was a chance for them to get a feel of what a rugby club environment is like. Hopefully they will become hooked and enjoy playing rugby regularly."
Matt added: "Evenlode Primary School already has strong links with nearby Penarth RFC and I'm looking forward to working with the school as they will soon be setting up a new rugby team and teachers from the school are keen to improve their coaching experience."
To find out more about either Dragon Sport or rugby development in the Vale of Glamorgan, please visit www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/sportsandplay . Media4Schools is an education based media training initiative which involves a combination of TV programme production skills and enterprise awareness training. Further information can be found at http://www.media4schools.co.uk/.
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