Ashley, who has been playing for Penarth Mini section since age 9, was brought to the club by his parents as he was desperate to play sport under difficult circumstances. Having been rejected on several occasions due to a medical disability, coaches at Penarth assured Ashley and his parents that his deafness wouldn't be a problem. Admittedly, other members of the team had some difficulties, but in his first season at the club, Ashley was overwhelmingly voted player of the year by his team mates and such is his progression that his name was put forward for the Vale of Glamorgan County schools under 11's team, appearing in almost all of their games.
Coaches at Penarth, Howard Morgan, Mike Adams and Paul Thomas believe taking Ashley on was one of their better decisions and he is now a vital part of the side. The only stipulation during contact is that Ashley removes his hearing aid. His parents firmly believe that this opportunity has certainly changed Ashley's life.
Sarah O'Rafferty, Sponsorship Manager of Zurich Financial Services added "Ashley has been a great success on the rugby field despite his disability and he thoroughly deserves his award".
Pictured below with Ashley receiving his Dewi Dragon award and framed Zurich 'Lions' photograph are Ben Evans, former Wales tight head prop and a favourite of Ashley's and Michael Leek, Service Centre Manager at Zurich Insurance.
For more information, please contact Angela James 029 20781742
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.