Action in Welsh Schools’ track & field competitions comes thick and fast at this time in the summer term. Last weekend, it was the 71st Nationals in Cardiff, held as an element of Gemau Cymru. On Wednesday of this week, July 11th, it is the turn of school teams to make the most of their opportunity at the biggest grass roots competition for secondary schools. The NASUWT Cymru Cup & Plate Finals, which are held at Brecon’s Penlan Arena.
Welsh Schools has been hugely grateful to NASUWT Cymru for their continuing sponsorship, now in its nineteenth year.
The Cup competition has been organised each year since 1988 while the Plate Final was added in 2007 – so this will be the thirty first time that the Cup competition has been staged.
The age groups are u14 (years 7 & 8) and u16 (years 9 & 10).
Pupils are limited to a maximum of two individual events, plus a relay, and, if they are entered for two events, one must be a track event and the other a field event.
In the field and hurdles events, the competitions are held with the lower year groups’ implements or hurdles distance and spacings.
A total of 41 schools have qualified from Cup Finals organised by the eight district associations – Afan Nedd Tawe, Cardiff & the Vale, Dyfed, Eryri, Glamorgan Valleys, North East Wales, Powys, and South East Wales - to field sixty four teams at Wednesday’s Finals, which start at 12 noon, and are due to finish by 5 pm.
In the Cup competitions, pupils will wear single digit numbers, from 1 to 8. In the Plate competitions, pupils will wear double digit numbers, from 11 to 88.
In track events, except the 1500 metres, the Cup Final heat will be held before the Plate Final heat. In the 1500 events, all sixteen athletes will run together.
Because schools are permitted to make changes to their teams on the day, the pupils competing may be different from those in the event programme.
The organisation of this major event requires a great deal of time and thought on the behalf of the Joint Cup Secretaries – former Chairman Gwilym Williams and Steve Jones, our Support Officer– and Welsh Schools is hugely grateful to them, and to everyone who contributes on Wednesday.
PARKING THIS YEAR WILL BE ON THE PLAYING FIELDS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE TRACK FROM THE PAVILION – THIS IS DUE TO ONGOING CONSTRUCTION WORK AT THE BRECON HIGH SCHOOL SITE.