Worcester Student Heading for South Africa Rugby Tour

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A sport and journalism student at the University of Worcester is heading to South Africa this summer with his former school.

Lewys StewardLewys Steward, aged 20, from Pencoed, South Wales, will be travelling with the Ysgol Pencoed Comprehensive Rugby Squad.

The second year Sports Studies and Journalism student last visited South Africa with the squad when he played for them four years ago. But this time he will be attending as a fitness coach.

“I will be helping the students stay fit and well adapted to the climate and conditions out in South Africa,” he said. “I will also be part of the coaching staff who will go to a local school to coach.”

This year’s 10 day trip, which starts on Thursday, August 19, will see the team compete in stadiums in Cape Town and Pretoria.

Lewys, who now plays for the University’s Men’s 2nds rugby team, was awarded a £1,000 scholarship from the University of Worcester Scholarship Panel towards the costs of the tour.

Lewys said: “The place on the tour is a great opportunity for me to enhance my studies and employability, by informing my writing and giving me some first-hand experience of coaching students.”

He added: “It’s such a help receiving the scholarship from the University of Worcester. The money will go towards my travel and accommodation expenses.”