16 Jun 2006

Brian HuggettAs the FIRSTPLUS Wales Seniors Open swings into action at the Vale Hotel Golf & Spa Resort (16-18 June 2006), former Ryder Cup Captain Brian Huggett turned his attention to the next generation of golf pros as he helped Dragon Sport celebrate a very special landmark.

The Sports Council for Wales’ lottery funded scheme - which provides extra-curricular physical activity opportunities for primary school children - has recruited more than 100,000 participants since its launch in October 2000.

An impressive 102,743 children actively took part in the scheme last year, surpassing all expectations and underlining its status as the biggest ever recruitment drive in Welsh sport.

Golf is the latest in a long line of sports to be added to the now eight-strong Dragon Sport roster and golfing legend Huggett was today on hand to pass on some tee-off tips to the youngsters taking part in the Dragon Golf festival at the Vale.

And he was quick to commend the success of the scheme:

"Dragon Sport is a fun way to get children into sport and I wholeheartedly congratulate it on its success. It’s vital that we get Welsh children on their feet and taking part in physical activity for 60 minutes a day, five times a week.

"I’m delighted that Tri Golf has been added to the scheme. The future of golf in Wales looks very bright and we have talent emerging through the ranks at an impressive rate.

"Through Dragon Sport, children are provided with the opportunity to learn those all important basic skills of various sports at an early age, under the supervision of trained Coordinators and volunteers.