Rugby kit donated in memory of Nailsea teacher

PUBLISHED: 15:55 30 December 2018

Pupils proudly displaying their new rugby kit.

Pupils proudly displaying their new rugby kit.

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Money donated in memory of a PE teacher and rugby player has been used to inspire the next generation of sports stars.

Wyn Daniel worked for many years at Nailsea School and served Yatton Rugby Club as a captain, player and supporter.

He died, aged 65, two years ago.

A collection was held at his funeral to raise money for supporting community rugby, especially among young players.

Now, £450 of this collection has been spent on 18 sports tops which have been donated to Yatton Junior School, with future presentations to other schools planned.

Children will wear the kit – sporting the hashtag Yattonrugby – when competing in inter-school events in future.

As part of the handover, Wyn’s son Robert ran a six-week course of after-school tag rugby sessions along with teachers and other coaches from Yatton Rugby Club.

Robert, aged 41, lives in Yatton and believes his father would be delighted to see the money go to such a worthy cause.

He said: “My dad spent his whole life teaching local children so it seemed fitting that these donations go towards supporting sport in schools.

“He would be really proud to know that his family and friends have contributed to a cause so close to his heart.”

Jo Keeble, executive headteacher of Yatton Federated Schools, said: “We would like to say a massive thanks to Yatton Rugby Club for providing us with the new school rugby tops and for their continued support with coaching.

“The children look fantastic and very professional.”

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