Do you have a great rugby story you’d like to share?

Libraries, archives and museums have joined forces with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) to hold a competition for young people to celebrate rugby in Wales as part of the forthcoming Rugby World Cup celebrations.

Launching the competition today (Monday 27th April) at the Millennium Stadium, alongside WRU chief executive Roger Lewis and chairman Gareth Davies, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates commented:

“I’m excited to be launching this fantastic competition which brings together all the elements of my portfolio – culture, sport and tourism! By encouraging young people to record their experiences of rugby in Wales, whether they are playing, watching or hearing their friends and families talk about it – we are aiming to create a collection of stories that showcase rugby in Wales from the grass roots level right up to national team performances.

“This competition gives young people an opportunity to develop their literacy and digital skills in an engaging and fun way. Story telling is a great way for children to let their imagination grow and learn more about themselves and the world around them and I look forward to seeing the entries.”

WRU Chairman Gareth Davies said:

“I’m very much looking forward to reading the entries for this exciting competition. We know that rugby plays a special role in the national psyche in Wales and this competition will hopefully both tap into its popularity amongst the school children and help us reach out to those who are yet to get the bug.”

The competition comprises three categories and the overall theme is rugby in Wales:

  • Poetry for 7-9 year olds

The poems must be no longer than 250 words

  • Short Story for 10-12 year olds

Short stories must be no longer than 500 words

  • Digital Storytelling for 13-16 year olds

Films must be no longer than 3 minutes and may include photographs, video, animation, sound, music, text, and narrative voice.

 

The entries will be judged by a specially selected panel of judges comprising rugby personalities, authors, librarians and media experts and finalists will be announced early in September.

 

The competition finalists will have their stories displayed at a new Kick-offs and Keep-sakes exhibition in the National Museum Cardiff from 8th September and they will also be invited to attend the launch of the exhibition on 16th September 2015 to pick up their prizes.

Janice Lane, Director of Learning, Exhibitions and Digital Media at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales said:

“This is a great way for young people to share their passion for the game. Rugby and literature are both important parts of Welsh tradition and culture.

“We are delighted to be hosting this exhibition which will combine the two ahead of such a prestigious competition.”

The exhibition will feature a range of fascinating artefacts, memorabilia and historically significant items which relate to the Rugby World Cup from the WRU’s archives including a hand-carved whale’s tooth from Tonga and a unique totem pole from Canada.

The WRU will host eight Rugby World Cup matches – including two Wales games – at the Millennium Stadium and the exhibition opens just four days before the first match in Cardiff (Wales versus Uruguay on 20th September).

WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis adds:

“This exhibition promises to be a fascinating insight into not just Welsh involvement in World Cups over the years, but also the unique history of the tournament in general.”

Libraries, museums and archives across Wales will be putting on activities to help young people generate ideas for their stories or poems, develop skills to help with creating digital stories and showcasing their rugby and sporting heritage collections. Year 3 children from Adamsdown Primary School attended the launch today ahead of their visit to Cardiff Story Museum where they will be exploring the history of rugby in the city and the Rugby World Cup.

The competition is open until 20th July 2015 and for more information including full terms and conditions please visit: www.rugbystories.wales and join in the conversation on #rugbystories