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RUGBY UNION: Capital work earns thanks from Penarth; Free club for young Cardiff fans.

Byline: Barri Hurford

CAPITAL Rugby, in the shape of John Huw Williams, have spent four weeks at Penarth Church-in-Wales Primary School.

And headmaster Ken Evans was delighted with the work done at the school.

``We wish to thank everybody concerned with Capital Rugby for these very enjoyable sessions,'' he said.

``I personally learned a number of new skills and hope to put these into practice.

``My sincere thanks to the visiting Cardiff RFC players for their attendance and contributions. ``The children and I thoroughly looked forward to these coaching and skills sessions.''

His feelings were backed up by several of his pupils.

``Best of all I enjoyed practising throwing the ball up into the air and clapping 10 times until I caught it,'' said nine-year-old Louise Jones Eight-year-old Dale Pearce added: ``I enjoyed playing with Capital Rugby and found the Union Jack exercise brilliant, but exhausting.''

And Amy Jones, nine, said: ``It was all so exciting. What I practised was great and I hope these new skills will help me to be a better rugby player.''

John Huw Williams has also been visiting Victoria Primary in Penarth, where he discovered Sophia Al-Adawy a keen Cardiff supporter with ``outstanding skills and attitude''.

Other members of teacher Ruth Ferrier's Year 5 class to impress were Conner Rollings, Ryan Matthews, Cara Payter, Emma Mason, Anpna Halai, Tom O'Brien, William Salter and Sophia's sister Sabina Al-Adawy.

Lewis Smith, May Smith and Michelle Matthews stood out in the Year 6 class while others in Rachel Carolan's class, who benefited a great deal were Susan Rees, Chloe Matthews and Bradley Munn.

Year 4 pupils at Rumney Junior made tremendous progress over the five weeks that Selwyn Wyatt was coaching at the school.

He acknowledges that this was due in no small measure to the lively interest taken by their teacher, Karen Olds. Among the pupils who stood out were Paige Allen, Aaron Bridger, Gareth Dobson, Lauren Hannah, Hannah McGrath, Nicole Tayler and Jack Young.

Wyatt was able to spend some time also with the Year 6 class. Showing up well in this group were Richard Beer, Rebecca Irwin, Patrick Lake, Robert Mears, Niall Morrison, Jasmin Philip, Elizabeth Shackell, Klatie Shioda, Daniel Stokes and Ketherine Wheeler.

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BIRTHDAY TREAT Bethan Rees-Coleman, who is 10 tomorrow, enjoys a Capital Rugby coaching session at Gwain-y-Nant Primary School, Barry.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 4, 2002
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