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Rugby coaching with the School of Hard Knocks

29 September 2016

Principality teams up with rugby charity to support youngsters at Llanelli school

Principality Building Society is to provide business masterclasses and support students at a Welsh medium school in Llanelli.

Wales’ largest building society will sponsor Ysgol Y Strade’s rugby team, set up a £300 bursary fund to help students and will hand out a Principality Achievement Award to one hard-working student each term. The Society has also sponsored an upcoming school production. 

The school is Principality’s fifth business class partnership school. Business Class is a flagship school and business engagement programme providing targeted support for the next three years. Business Class is a Business in the Community (BITC) programme delivered by Careers Wales and funded by the Welsh Government. 

Principality teamed up for the session with charity partner the School of Hard Knocks Cymru who use rugby to help young people develop life skills. James Harper, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Principality, said "We take great pride in our educational partnerships and are very pleased to be supporting Strade. As Wales’ biggest building society we are delighted to be helping a Welsh speaking school as part of Business Class.

"It's really exciting to bring together our school support with one of our charity partners. They are making great progress on their development in Wales and it's fitting one of their first workshops is with a school with such a proud rugby heritage. A match made in rugby heaven for sure."

Mrs Heather Lewis, head teacher at Ysgol Y Strade, said, “We are privileged to in a partnership with a flagship business such as Principality. The engagement and dedication shown by Principality to the partnership has been excellent from the start and will see many of our pupils benefit. We are very excited at Ysgol Y Strade for what’s to come over the years through this innovative and mutually beneficial partnership.”

Catryn Grundy, programme director for School of Hard Knocks Cymru, said: “It’s a fantastic start to what is already shaping up to be a busy launch of the School of Hard Knocks for Schools programme in Wales. The programme supports young people to develop the motivation and skills necessary to succeed not only in school but in life in general. It will be our pleasure to support pupils at Strade with transferring the many skills required for playing rugby into the classroom.” 

Principality has also partnered with another Welsh medium school, at Carmarthen-based Bro Myrddin. They will also be getting SOHK taster session.

Published: 29/09/2016