Welsh rugby star joins forces with Lord’s Taverners in South Wales

16th Jan 2019
Welsh rugby star joins forces with Lord’s Taverners in South Wales

WALES forward Cory Hill backed the Lord’s Taverners work in Wales as he officially opened the playground for Ysgol Bryn Derw, one of Wales’ newest Special Schools.

Ysgol Bryn Derw is the only dedicated Autistic Spectrum Difficulties Special School within the Gwent area, and opened in September 2017. The school in Newport provides support to children and young people, aged 4-19 with complex autism and learning difficulties.

Thanks to a £9,000 grant from the Lord's Taverners, the school was able to provide its pupils with new play equipment that is adapted to their needs.

Headteacher Richard Drew said: “The Lord's Taverners grant has made a huge difference to our pupils. It has led to significantly increased engagement levels and interaction at playtimes.

“The pupils are getting a great deal of sensory exploration and feedback opportunities, and the equipment is meeting their movement needs as well as providing a focal point for interaction with their peers.”

Wales and Dragons forward Cory Hill was highly impressed with the school’s work and their new equipment as he officially unveiled the new playground.

He said: “To watch the staff here dealing with problems that I wouldn't know how to describe, never mind cure or help with, is moving in the extreme.”

Jane John, chair of Wales Lady Taverners, thanked people for backing the charity and enabling it to fund projects such as this.

She said: “Earlier in the year Wales Lord’s Taverners’ secretary Jeff Rees and I attended an inspection at the school and were very impressed with their work. We’re very grateful for everyone’s help and look forward to seeing the children at Ysgol Bryn Derw benefit from their new play equipment.”

Image courtesy of South Wales Argus

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