Wizards Make History

With support and funding from the Big Lottery, Aberavon Wizards have brought together their own ‘Time Team’ at the Talbot Athletic Ground.

Supported by community organisations, NPTCBC, NPT Library Services, all 4 secondary schools and a team of voluntary archivists from among the club’s supporters, the ‘Time Team’, aims to bring together the entire community.

‘We want to unearth, collect, copy, record and make available 142 years of the club’s heritage in digital format’, said the club’s Marketing and Commercial Manager Chris Davies.

‘The Digital History of Aberavon Rugby Football Club is an exciting and ambitious heritage project’, added Davies. ‘Our heritage defines who we are and the history of Aberavon RFC is inextricably linked to the history of the town’, he went on.

The project which is backed by Heritage Lottery Wales funding and the expertise of local, not for profit organisation A2B Active Sport Community Interest Company, is bringing all the skill sets available in the town together to deliver the project.

St Joseph’s School & 6th Form Centre, Ysgol Bae Baglan, Ysgol Cwm Brombil, and Ysgol Bro Dur will all come together to deliver a 20 minute film documentary which former Wizards favourite and BBC Wales Sport’s ‘Man in the Van’ Sean Holley, will help script, film, edit and direct with pupils from all 4 schools.

A2B Active Sport CIC will coordinate the delivery of this documentary, alongside a fully researched written history, an interactive iBook for schools, a comprehensive curriculum linked teaching resource pack and a film premiere for release of the documentary.

‘This project is a call to arms for all supporters of Aberavon RFC’, said A2B Active sport CIC Director Jeremy Stephens. ‘If you, any member of your family or friends, played for, or supported the Wizards over the years, you will have programmes, team photos, newspaper articles and video content, which we would like to see and copy. Our aim is to collect and collate this as a heritage resource and make it available in the cloud for everyone to access and enjoy. Please let us see it’.

The Clubs Chairman, Andrew John, echoed Jeremy’s appeal and also added,“I am thrilled that Aberavon RFC have the opportunity to capture the club’s history in a digital form especially as it’s production is in conjunction with the town’s four secondary schools.

I’m very grateful to Heritage Lottery Wales for their support and to A2B Active Sport for coordinating it, I look forward to this unique and exciting project being launched.”

All parties are keen to acknowledge Heritage Lottery Wales importance to the project. ‘Without Heritage Lottery Wales’ foresight in backing this project it would not be possible’ said Stephens.

If you would like to help, join or participate in this project, please email wizardsheritage@gmail.com

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