School children taking part in the Ryder Cup curriculim (Vist Wales)
Local school children enjoy The Ryder Cup
Children that have been using the Ryder Cup curriculum were able to enjoy the final practice session and opening ceremony.
Children that have been participating in a specially themed Ryder Cup curriculum, developed by Newport City Council in conjunction with Ryder Cup Europe, sampled the atmosphere of The 2010 Ryder Cup on the final Practice Day, before witnessing the Opening Ceremony and flag raising alongside the 18th green of The Twenty Ten Course at The Celtic Manor Resort.
The children and their teachers also met up at the Tented Village with Richard Hills, Director of Ryder Cup Europe, the Welsh Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones, Cllr Matthew Evans, Leader of Newport Council and Dylan Matthews, Chief Executive of The Celtic Manor Resort (pictured L to R) for their own ‘team photo’ as a memento of the occasion. The children have been studying the bi-lingual programme, which has been taught to years 2 to 8 in schools across Newport as well as other parts of Wales, since the start of the autumn term.
Richard Hills said; “We have been deeply impressed by the commitment of Newport and Wales to embrace this new Ryder Cup curriculum within the schools programme. It is refreshing to see the genuine enthusiasm from the youngsters. Who knows? One day we may see a future generation of champions emerge from this outstanding initiative.”
Leader of Newport City Council, Councillor Matthew Evans said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these Newport schoolchildren who have attended a Practice Day and I am sure they are all making the most of a monumental day that will forever stay in their memories.
“Having The Ryder Cup in Newport has created so many wonderful legacies for residents and for the future of our city. Just one of these was the chance for Newport City Council’s Education Service to work hand-in-hand with The European Tour to make use of this huge sporting event for educational purposes.”
Heritage Minister, Alun Ffred Jones, said: "The Ryder Cup is not just a three day event in Newport, but a unique opportunity to further raise the international profile of Wales and deliver economic, tourism, sporting and social benefits throughout the country.
“Increasing participation among schoolchildren was on one of the legacy aims from this event and since The Ryder Cup was awarded, 27% more primary and 74% more secondary schoolchildren have taken part in golf."