6 Mar 2006

Children as young as seven are invited to get in on the action too with the invasion game Tag Rugby. Helping to perfect pitch activities, teachers will benefit from training, resources and equipment to give pupils the very best head start. As well as kick starting their sporting skills with basic catching, throwing and running, the Scarlet aspirants will be well versed in all-round healthy living to develop their understanding of the effects and benefits of exercise on the body.

Pushing funds further, the programme is also developing a ‘Rugby in the Community’ initiative targeting disadvantaged youths. Proving that Rugby is a game for everyone, the programme will engage disabled youngsters and those from areas of multiple deprivation. ‘Star’ Scarlets players will be drafted in to inspire and challenge, delivering the message that sport builds teamwork, leadership, fitness, excellence and fun.

Richard Jones, Community Marketing Manager for Llanelli Scarlets said: "As the largest sports club in the area, the Scarlets have the potential to impact on the lives of those living within the community. We aim to engage groups in a healthy and constructive lifestyle, and hope to build confidence in our young people and divert them from being drawn into anti-social behaviour."

Chair of the Sports Council for Wales Philip Carling said: "This is a great example of how Sportsmatch Cymru has enabled a project to double its effectiveness and deliver something special in the community. By utilising the power of sport the programme has the potential to enhance the live of thousands of children and young people and inspire them to live an active and healthy lifestyle – a key target of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Health Challenge Wales campaign."