New year-7s off to a sporting start at Porthcawl Comprehensive School

Monday, 12 September 2016

By GEM Community Correspondent

in Other Sports

The new year-7 pupils at Porthcawl Comprehensive School have made a bright start.

They have already fully immersed themselves in school life, and none more so than the boys who make up our latest rugby squad.

The fledgling year-7 rugby team have already competed in the first of this season’s Bridgend Schools Rugby Festivals held at Brynteg Comprehensive School.

The day saw the boys play teams from Brynteg, Bryntirion, Pencoed and Coleg y Dderwen. Encouragingly, Porthcawl were able to field two teams at the festival.

Both teams recorded notable victories under the watchful eye of Welsh national team coach Rob Howley. Perhaps he was on the lookout for the next Ryan Bevington or Tom Prydie!

The school game is buoyant at Porthcawl, thanks largely to the school partnership with the WRU and partner club Porthcawl RFC.

The link between school, club and union is more important than ever for the future success of the game. The joyful performance of the young players at the recent festival is proof that the future of the game is bright in Porthcawl.

However, the year-7 rugby players were not the only ones who have been busy! The weekend before the new school term began, year-7 pupil Abigail Davies was away in Glasgow competing for Wales in the inter-regional Triathlon Championships at Strathclyde Park.

Abi finished 29th out of 37 girls from across the UK and was the first Welsh girl across the finish line!

She has only just turned 11 and was the youngest in the competition, with another year next season in this age category. A fantastic achievement!

Andrew Stradling

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