Young Scarlets shine at ‘BT Mini Judgement Day’ festival

Rob LloydNews

A host of clubs from the Scarlets’ region showed off their skills as part of the BT Mini Judgement Day Festival at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday.

More than a thousand budding rugby stars from across Wales took part in the festival ahead of the Principality Stadium double header next door.

The Scarlets grassroots clubs were Llangennech, Llanelli Wanderers, St Davids, Carmarthen Athletic, Pembroke Dock, Haverfordwest, Narberth, Whitland, Carmarthen Quins, Brynamman, Llandeilo, Newcastle Emlyn and Pontyates, with all players presented with medals from players, who included Scarlets stars Jonathan Davies and Ryan Elias.

BT has been one of the lead sponsors of Welsh regional rugby since 2014. It currently sponsors all four of Wales’s professional rugby teams and, as part of the agreement, has committed to supporting grassroots rugby and community initiatives.

Nick Speed, BT Group’s Head of Nations and Regions, said: “It’s always great to see so many young players, and their families, enjoying themselves. I’m sure having a chance to play in a tournament in Cardiff, and having a medal presented to them by some of the pro players, is something many of these young players will never forget.

“Supporting community initiatives and grassroots rugby has been a central part of BT’s sponsorship of the Welsh clubs, and that’s what this kind of event is all about. We’re grateful to all the clubs, organisers and families for helping arrange such a great event.”

BT Group’s official charity partner Home-Start – which provides expert, volunteer-based family support to some of the country’s most vulnerable families and disadvantaged children – were also in attendance to support the festival.