Richard Hills, The European Ryder Cup Director and Dr Adrian Davies, Caerleon Comprehensive School headteacher pictured with The Ryder Cup, courtesy of US Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin, along with pupils from Caerleon Comprehensive School.
Ryder Cup puts spotlight on Wales' tourism jewels
The 2010 Ryder Cup will put a 'powerful spotlight on Wales's tourism jewels' declared Richard Hills, The European Ryder Cup Director, during a visit to the historic town of Caerleon.
Hills had taken time out from the Celtic Manor Wales Open, taking place this week at home of The 2010 Ryder Cup, to meet local people involved in tourism, the arts, golf and education.
His half-day programme was part of the ongoing commitment of Ryder Cup organisers to working with people at all levels across Wales to ensure the potential benefits of hosting this global event are maximised.
His itinerary included a breakfast meeting, a question-and-answer session with pupils at Caerleon Comprehensive School and visits to the town's Roman amphitheatre and the Fwrrwm Arts and Craft Centre. It followed a two-day meeting at The Celtic Manor Resort with officials from the PGA of America and NBC, the host broadcaster for The Ryder Cup in the United States.
Caerleon, which is Welsh for 'fortress of the legion', was one of Britain’s most important Roman sites. It was the base of the Second Legion Augusta, accommodating up to 6,000 soldiers, and was – with Chester and York – one of only three permanent Roman military bases in Britain.
"Caerleon is a beautiful town with a fascinating history and deserves to be much more widely recognised," said Hills. "We will certainly do everything we can to ensure The Ryder Cup puts a powerful global spotlight on Caerleon and all the other jewels in Wales' tourism crown."
At Caerleon Comprehensive School, Hills answered questions from pupils studying PE and Business assisted by representatives from Ryder Cup Wales and The Celtic Manor Resort.
Headteacher at Caerleon Comprehensive, Dr Adrian Davies said: "We were thrilled Richard Hills and the other Ryder Cup partners took time out from the Celtic Manor Wales Open to visit the school. It was a great opportunity for youngsters to find out more about the event and the impact it will make on the local community.
"For youngsters across Wales, having one of the world's largest sporting events in their home country is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and our pupils were all keen to find out more."
Hills added: "In the preparation for this visit, local people involved in tourism, the arts, education and golf have been very positive about the need for everyone to work together to make the most of this opportunity. This community support will be invaluable in delivering an event that is a credit to Wales and showcases all the country has to offer.
"Together, we can build on what has already been done to use The Ryder Cup as a catalyst for economic regeneration, golf development and growth in tourism. We now have just 16 months to drive this work forward to generate lasting economic and sporting benefits for Wales."