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GAVIN MEETS YOUNG LIONS

25 Apr 2005

The initiative has attracted the support of world-renowned athletes such as Colin Jackson, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Nicole Cooke and Scott Gibbs, as The Sports Council for Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government drive to deliver more sport to primary school-age children.

One of the main aims of the scheme is to recruit and train volunteer sports organisers, leaders and coaches – especially the real experts on children....parents and teachers.

Henson was quick to highlight the influence his parents have had on his now blossoming career.

"My father was a captain of Maesteg rugby team and he used to take me along to their training sessions twice a week when I was young. I used to practice my kicking technique with him and the other players and I think that that was a great base to build from."

The Dragon Sport programme is going from strength to strength. The scheme has been operating successfully all over Wales, with 280 schools and more than 7,000 children taking part in its rugby sessions last year.

In Swansea alone, 71 primary and junior schools have already taken part in Dragon Sport sessions since the programme was launched in October 2000.

The successful 2004 Autumn International campaign has been cited as the catalyst to Wales’ rise into rugby excellency. Since then there have been nearly 1,000 primary school girls in Swansea playing rugby at schools and clubs.

Govier adds, "It seems that Wales' run of form has certainly encouraged more girls to play."

If you are in primary school and you want to find out more about Dragon Sport in your area, contact your local authority and ask for your Dragon Sport coordinator or check out www.dragon-sport.co.uk