The Millennium Stadium today (Monday) tasted London 2012 fever for the first time with over 1,000 school children, a host of Welsh Olympians past and present and dignitaries from the organising team for the third British-based Games in history, all descending on Cardiff - one of the designated venues for Olympic football...
Current Welsh sprinters Iwan Thomas - an Olympic silver medal holder - Dwayne Chambers and Tim Benjamin joined Games legends Lynn Davies (long jump), Robert Morgan (High Diving) and Steve Brace (Marathon) travelling on a traditional London bus before greeting school children for a sports day at Wales' national stadium and the greatest Olympian of them all predicted that Welsh medal winners for London 2012 would be present in his eager audience.
Davies, still the current British record holder with 8.23m (Since 1968) and a Gold medallist at Tokyo 1964 who also participated in both Mexico 1968 and Munich 1972, told young onlookers he expected to see them in Olympic vests come 2012.
"Today is a really special day and one that you should all remember in years to come," said Davies.
"We have created a great sporting atmosphere in one of the greatest sporting stadiums in the world and we are all looking forward to seeing those of you who make it in your chosen sports, alongside the likes of Dwayne Chambers and Time Benjamin, at London 2012."
Nigel Howells, the Cardiff Council Executive Member for Sport Culture and Leisure joined the days proceedings and was responsible for ensuring every school in Cardiff had children representing them at the event.
"Cardiff embraces the Olympic ethos and we intend to 'Be a Part of It' to the full come 2012," said Councillor Howells.
"The Sport Village we will have, with the Millennium Stadium at the heart, will be comparable to any city in the world and further enhance Cardiff's reputation as regional centre of sporting excellence.
"We have a strong sporting ethos in Cardiff, highlighted strong sporting infrastructure including Cardiff City football club, the Blues rugby side, Glamorgan County Cricket and great venues like the Welsh Institute of sport and one of the World's greatest sporting citadels in the Millennium Stadium.
"This event today has been the pinnacle of year long program to involve children in sport and we truly hope child's aspirations can be met.
"Our intention is that the legacy of 2012 will have a lasting affect on Cardiff and we want to show London how ready we are to 'be part of it'."
Millennium Stadium chief executive Paul Sergeant added: "We are used to massive, world-wide events being staged at the Millennium Stadium, but it is genuinely humbling to think we are going to be a part of the London 2012 Olympic games.
"We know we have a lot to offer and we are have been here to support the London 2012 Olympic bid from the start, but it's days like today when you see the amount of school children here, ready to be inspired by their Olympic heroes that help you realise the true impact this event will have on Cardiff, London and Great Britain."
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.