Phil Bennett launching 'The Old Welsh Way' at the new Parc y Scarlets

19 November 2008

On Tuesday, 18th of November, The Centre for Educational Studies were launching a series of history reading books for children aged 9-13 years old – The Old Welsh Way / Yr Hen Ffordd Gymreig – in the brand new stadium at Llanelli, Parc y Scarlets. The event took place soon after Parc y Scarlets officially became the home of the Scarlets.

Phil Bennett, the famous Llanelli and Wales player in the golden age of Welsh rugby, was the guest speaker in the event, and Catrin Stevens, the author, held a quiz and told stories about the history of sports in Wales to Year 6 pupils from Ysgol Dewi Sant, Llanelli. Representatives from DCELLS, Welsh Joint Education Committee, and the Welsh Books Council were also present, and the guests had an opportunity to go on a guided tour of the stadium before the event came to an end.

The Old Welsh Way is a series of six leisure reading books for children aged 9 to 13 which tells the story of Wales and its people over the centuries, on the themes of Homes, Crime and Punishment, Sailors and the Sea, Sports, Riots and Protests and Characters. A Welsh version of the series is also available – Yr Hen Ffordd Gymreig.

Lynwen Rees Jones, Director of the Centre for Educations Studies said: As 2008 is National Reading Year, we felt that it would be a great opportunity to organise a book launch in an exciting and popular location – such as Parc y Scarlets. The children who attended from Ysgol Dewi Sant, Llanelli were extremely excited – this book launch was one of the first events to be held in the new stadium, and it was a chance for them to see the location before most of the public, as the Scarlets will not be playing their first game there until the 28th of November.

It was a great opportunity for CAA to display their varied publications, and especially to draw attention to the series of interesting reading books we were launching – 'The Old Welsh Way'.

Items on the event were shown on Wedi 7 (S4C), and heard on Good Morning Wales (BBC Radio Wales) and Post Cyntaf (BBC Radio Cymru). Reports were also seen in newspapers such as the 'Cambrian News', and the 'South Wales Evening Post'.