25 Apr 2005

Gavin HensonGavin Henson has taken to the turf at the all new £27m stadium in Swansea in the hope of inspiring the next generation of Welsh rugby stars.

He was championing Dragon Sport the Sports Council for Wales’ National Lottery funded programme which aims to get more primary school children playing extra-curricular sport.

And as a Dragon Sport ambassador, he met local school children from Plasmarl Primary School and gave them a few tips on how to keep in shape:

"Children should be doing at least 60 minutes of exercise five times a week if they’re going to be part of a new generation of Grand Slam winners. They also need to eat the right foods and drink plenty of water to ensure that they grow up strong, fit and healthy."

Henson – who is looking forward to the British Lions tour later this summer – also believes that the feel good factor which Wales has been experiencing ever since THAT win is having a profound knock-on effect on the nation’s youngsters:

"There’s been such an awesome atmosphere in Wales since the Grand Slam win. I’m hoping that our success will get Welsh children off the sofa and out playing rugby."

Gareth Govier - Swansea’s Dragon Sport coordinator – agrees:

"It’s had a huge effect. It’s the only thing the children are talking about. It has really captivated a nation – and I’m absolutely delighted that Gavin can take some time out of his hectic schedule to encourage children to take part in sport."

At its launch in October 2000, the Dragon Sport scheme was billed as the biggest ever recruitment drive in Welsh sport – and it has exceeded all expectations.