The Old Welsh Way

Phil Bennett (centre) with year 6 pupils from Ysgol Dewi Sant, Llanelli

Phil Bennett (centre) with year 6 pupils from Ysgol Dewi Sant, Llanelli

18 November 2008

One of Wales' leading publishers of educational resources, The Centre for Education Resources at Aberystwyth University, launched 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 on Tuesday, 18th of November, a few days after Parc y Scarlets officially became the home of the Scarlets.
Phil Bennett, the famous Llanelli and Wales player during the golden age of Welsh rugby, was a guest speaker at 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. The guests also enjoyed a guided tour of the new stadium.

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 Education 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 have launched – ‘The Old Welsh Way'.”

CAA has produced materials of a very high standard in Welsh and English for 26 years –varying from books, CDs and interactive CD-ROMs, to multimedia packs and online activities. Since it was established in 1982, it has produced around 1,800 publications.