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Capital Rugby going strong.

FOUR years after Cardiff Rugby Club's Capital Rugby scheme was launched, the ground-breaking project shows no sign of losing its momentum as it makes contact with more and more schools throughout the area.

Back in 1998, it got under-way with the intention of giving regular and expert coaching sessions in as many of the city's primary schools as was physically possible - but it has long since spread its wings outside Cardiff's boundary and is much in demand in the schools of the Vale of Glamorgan.

Its director, John Huw Williams, thinks he knows why.

"It was always our intention to offer help wherever we could to teachers who were already doing a great job but it was very important that the schools had confidence in the coaches who were visiting them, " he said.

"One of our strengths, I believe, was that the Capital Rugby team was - and is - a comfortable blend of people from different backgrounds.

"We have experienced former teachers like Selwyn Wyatt, Mal Scott and myself who are also qualified and hands-on coaches.

"Then there are former players like Mark Ring and Mike Rayer who have a proven track record of successfully passing on their skills to others.

"And last, but certainly not least, we have the club's present-day players, who invariably grab the pupils' attention as soon as they walk into a school."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 26, 2002
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