Specsavers on Cardiff Queen Street joined forces with the Wales Deaf Rugby Union (WDRU) for a one-day event where more than 40 pupils from seven schools across the Cardiff region came together to learn about the opportunities available to them in the world of deaf sport, and to participate in a rugby skills session.

Representatives from Specsavers, the Welsh Rugby Union and the National Deaf Children’s Society supported the event, which was led by WDRU community coach, Gwesyn Price-Jones.

Lend a helping hand

The team from Cardiff Specsavers attended the event to lend a helping hand and give out goody bags to the school children.

Nicola Edwards, of Cardiff Specsavers, said: ‘The Wales Deaf Rugby Union is an inspirational organisation, and one that Specsavers is very proud to support. It was fantastic to see so many children come together as one community to learn and play, and enjoy every aspect of the event from sports skills training, playing rugby matches and meeting the players.

The WDRU events are a way to show young people that suffering from hearing loss should not, and does not, stop you from getting involved in group sports like rugby.’

Grateful for the support

Sophie Cahill, WDRU community project coordinator, said: ‘To have an association with Specsavers is fantastic, and we’re extremely grateful for their continued support, especially at our community project events.

We want to show all of the children who attend our events about the opportunities available to them in the world of deaf sport. It’s fantastic to see how a child’s confidence and interest develops during these sessions and, ultimately, we want to inspire them to continue attending our events so that we can identify and nurture young talent for WDRU players of the future.’

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