10 Jun 2006

Simon Jones & GirlsGlamorgan and England International cricket ace, Simon Jones has become the latest in a long line of Welsh celebrities, to be ensnared by the Sports Council for Wales’ Dragon Sport scheme.

The Llangennech pace bowler, 25, was today (10 June) launched into full Ambassador duty as he led an enthralled audience of pupils and staff – including his elder brother Richard Jones - at Tregwyr Junior School in Swansea, in a cricket coaching clinic.

Taking time out from his busy rehabilitation plan, Jones is proud to be associated Dragon Sport. He said, "I’m delighted to be an Ambassador for such an excellent scheme. My parents played a massively influential role in my cricketing career – ferrying me to training sessions and to competitions all over the county. I only hope that I can be of some inspiration to children who want to take part in sport. In fact, I’m sure I’ve seen some future cricket stars amongst the children here today!"

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. 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 Dragon Sport is to recruit and train volunteer sports organisers, leaders and coaches – especially the real experts on children....parents and teachers.

Simon was quick to follow in the footsteps of his father - Glamorgan and England pace bowler Jeff Jones – who always encouraged Simon to capitalise on his own talents on the wicket and to fulfil a lifelong dream of playing for his county and on the international tour.

Tregwyr PE co-ordinator, Richard Jones, capitalised on the talents of his younger brother and Dragon Sport’s latest recruit by inviting him to flaunt his sporting prowess in the school yard.