Pupils swap classroom for Brewery Field

Bridgend Ravens, always keen to build links in the local community and give opportunities to young people, recently welcomed the pupils from Oldcastle Primary School for a behind the scenes tour of the Timbuild Brewery Field, while also giving them the chance to hold a training session on the pitch.

The brainchild of former Bridgend RFC outside half Ian Williams, a school governor at Oldcastle Primary School and with Bridgend Ravens Commercial Manager Craig Thomas and committee members on hand to tell the children about the history of the club, including showing them the memorabilia on display at the Brewery Field Sports Bar. They also had the opportunity to sit in the changing rooms, see the kit room, the referees room and also got to run out of the players tunnel onto the pitch.

After the tour, the children, all who have a keen interest in playing and learning about rugby, had the chance to hold their weekly training session on the pitch at the Timbuild Brewery Field, while Ronnie the Ravens also flew in to hand out Ravens key-rings and chocolate eggs and also give each child a free match ticket for them plus one adult for the Bridgend v Aberavon match on Friday 15th April.

Craig Thomas, Commercial Manager at Bridgend Ravens was delighted to welcome the pupils, commenting, “It was great to see this idea come to fruition, a first of its kind. Having been arranged by Ian Williams, a former player himself, the children really enjoyed and were a credit to the school.”

“With the community playing such a big part of what we do here at Bridgend Ravens, it’s important that we give young people opportunities through rugby. We hope they all had a great time and look forward to welcoming them at the forthcoming fixture against Aberavon later this month. Who knows, perhaps we’ve inspired a few future Ravens!”