10 Nov 2008

Fifteen-year-old Alex Evans has become the first pupil from the Ysgol Erw’r Delyn special needs school in Penarth to gain his Dragon Sport organisers award after spending two days on placement with the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s sports and play development team.

Year 11 pupil Alex achieved his award after joining sixth formers at Llantwit Major Comprehensive School to complete a course which included organising a sports session and delivering a presentation on rugby to year 6 pupils at Palmerston Primary School.

Rugby was the ideal sport for Alex to discuss as he is a huge fan of Beddau RFC, the Cardiff Blues and Wales. Alex played for Beddau RFC when he was younger and both of his brothers, Matthew and Joshua, currently play for the club, at senior and youth level respectively.

Alex has met many of the top Welsh rugby stars such as Gavin Henson, Shane Williams and Gethin Jenkins as well as his favourite ex-player, kicking legend Neil Jenkins.

He has been mascot for the former Celtic Warriors regional team, and also led out the Scarlets, but his real dream is to be the Welsh mascot for an international at the Millennium Stadium. When asked if he would lead out England instead if asked, Alex said that he would have to refuse!

Alex, who is also working towards his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, really enjoyed the Dragon Sport course, and the Vale Council’s Dragon Sport Co-ordinator Rachel McGuinness said: "We hope that further pupils from Ysgol Erw’r Delyn get inspired by Alex and also achieve the organisers award in the future."

Led by the Sports Council for Wales and funded by the National Lottery, the Dragon Sport initiative aims to encourage more seven to 11-year-olds to get involved in extra-curricular sport by recruiting and training volunteers who wish to assist, set up or run clubs for youngsters. To find out more, please visit or call Rachel McGuinness or Pete Hardwick on .