In what ended in a superb weekend for the Welsh national rugby team, Capital Rugby coaches spent another busy week laying the seeds of rugby development across Cardiff, in particular with two schools festivals at Ysgol Melin Gruffyd and Fairwater Junior School.
Over 120 children from 6 different schools attended the festival at Fairwater Junior School. The home school were joined by Windsor Clive, Hywel Dda, Cwrt-yr-Ala, Ninian Park and Trelai schools, with each fielding 2 teams in a fun, round-robin series of games against each other, refereed by students from Coleg Glan Hafren.
Across Cardiff, Development officer Mal Scott at Ysgol Melin Gruffyd, brought together young players from Hawthorne, Radyr, Marlborough, Gwaelod y Garth and Tongwynlais schools.
Sports teacher at Ysgol Melin Gruffyd, Alun Higham said,
"Its marvelous that the national team has done so well in the 6 Nations this year. Their success is clearly having an impact, as the boys and girls could not wait to get out on the field today, and who can blame them when it is such a sunny day."
Development Officer Gruff Rees commented,
"The opportunities to play in such festivals as here at Fairwater today have been a clear focal point of Capital Rugby. The children enjoy playing the game, they are getting great exercise plus they are learning and improving all the time.
Children aged 12 and over can still register for the Blues coaching course next week, but the morning session for younger children is fully booked. A further opportunity for young players to grace the Arms Park turf, is being scheduled with Capital Rugby planning a Schools Tag festival at the Arms Park in May following the huge success of previous years.
"Schools across Cardiff and the Vale will be contacted shortly regarding the schools festival at the Arms Park, but children can look forward to the annual extravaganza of tries and fun!"
Schools rugby development is clearly paying dividends in Cardiff, as Cardiff Schools A team booked their place in the U15 Dewar Shield Final with a 26-12 victory against Pontypool. They will face Rhondda who overcame a brave performance by Cardiff B in the other semi final. The final will take place on April 16th and highlights the depth of talent across the Blues Region at this age group.
Coaches Mark Wyzocki and Danny Milton were assisted in their semi-final preparations by former Cardiff Schools player and now Blues hero, Nicky Robinson.
Warren Gatland has confirmed he will be joining the fast approaching 50,000-strong crowd at Judgement Day III on Saturday to run the rule over potential Wales Rugby World Cup squad members in the competitive surrounds of the Millennium Stadium.
Cardiff Blues are hosting a special Open Evening this Wednesday night at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park to give prospective students and parents the chance to discover more about our new and exciting rugby education programme.
Our Cardiff Blues Rugby Camps return this Easter to give children right across our region the opportunity to participate in rugby during the holidays - and after selling out our last two camps you can book NOW to avoid any disappointment!
The players at Cardiff Blues will be hoping to play with some true Gallic flair for the rest of the Guinness PRO12 season - after the region teamed up with a successful French bistrot in the Welsh capital.
Cardiff Blues will be celebrating St David's Day when the region faces Edinburgh Rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 12.45pm) - with hundreds of children invited as part of our Regional Schools Day.
Fine footwear retailer The Brogue Trader - one of the official sponsors of Cardiff Blues - is celebrating after being recognised by the British Footwear Association at its annual Footwear Industry Awards.
Battling Cardiff Blues produced a second half performance packed full of character and spirit to push Ulster Rugby all the way in an absorbing Guinness PRO12 encounter at a packed out Kingspan Stadium.
Argentine ace Joaquin Tuculet scored a sensational try in the eighth minute of injury time as Cardiff Blues produced an astonishing finale to snatch victory over Connacht Rugby after an unbelievable Guinness PRO12 encounter.