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19 December 2016

Principality helps Carmarthenshire schools over the line at touch rugby tournament

More than 50 budding young rugby players from Carmarthenshire played a rugby match with a difference, organised by Wales’ largest building society. 

Principality Building Society worked with their Business Class partnership schools Ysgol Bro Myrddin and Ysgol y Strade to hold a touch rugby tournament at Parc y Scarlets with the aim of improving life skills of the students. Business Class is a Business in the Community (BITC) programme delivered by Careers Wales and funded by the Welsh Government. 

The 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. The School of Hard Knocks charity uses sport to develop motivation in young people, as well as teaching communication and teamwork skills that will be transferable beyond education. Principality’s own staff-led touch rugby team, the Puffins, were on hand to help run the tournament. 

James Harper, the Society’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, took part in the touch rugby game and said: “We’ve thrown the 15-player rule out the window today with over 50 pupils making up this fantastic tournament. 

“It’s been a really successful year linking with new schools in communities across Wales. We’ve been able to give back to some inspirational young individuals and watch our charity partners make a real difference in the community. We’re looking forward to connecting with more schools in 2017 and continuing this great work.”

The winning team, a mixture of Ysgol Bro Myrddin and Ysgol y Strade, was awarded with rugby balls and festive Christmas socks for their efforts in the tournament.Daniel Hughes, Head of Business at Ysgol y Strade said: “We’re really grateful for the continued support from the Principality Building Society and the School of Hard Knocks. It’s been amazing seeing our students develop their skills, resulting in a positive impact within the classroom. We were delighted to be a part of the event and look forward to furthering the partnership in 2017.”

Gareth Jones, head of year 11 and world of work co-ordinator at Bro Myrddin, said: “This has been a fantastic event for the school to be part of. It tested the students’ ability to communicate and work with each other, with the teams mixed up between schools. I’m sure we’ll see the benefits of this session for some time to come. Thanks to Principality and the School of Hard Knocks for making today a reality.”

Published: 19/12/2016