Ospreys in the Community – Organisation of the Year finalist.

Rugby is at the heart of the community in Swansea, thanks to a registered charity who is helping empower local people through sport.

Ospreys in the Community (OitC) was set up in 2015.

“It uses the power of sport and the Ospreys brand to help people in the region make positive life choices” explains Steve Dalton OBE. Steve is Managing Director of Sony UK Technology Centre one of the supporters of the project.

“They are a forward-thinking organisation and in such a short space of time have grown to be a leading light in Welsh community sports” he adds.

This Summer, between the months of June and August alone, the organisation engaged with 10,000 people!

They aim to make sport accessible for all and work with deprived areas and hard to reach groups to make that happen.

They support the Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby team but also set up the only youth Wheelchair Rugby team in Wales. They work with groups such as teenage girls, the unemployed and disengaged school pupils, as well as in partnership with other organisations such as Disability Sport Wales, the Urdd and BME Sport Cymru.

Last Summer they hosted three beach rugby festivals where over 1,700 pupils from 50 schools took part. For many of the children it was their first introduction to the sport and some have gone on to join local clubs and school teams.

2017 was another big year for the organisation – the first Community Foundation attached to a PRO14 team to be set up. No stranger to being ‘first’, this year they also became the first rugby organisation in Wales to be a Duke of Edinburgh Award’s Licensed Organisation.

80% of the Foundation’s income has come from commercial activity, as Steve explains: “The team work with a large number of sponsors and local companies and their highly successful and collaborative approach, has seen them deliver several ground-breaking initiatives.”