Press Releases 2016

Lampeter celebrations raise £1,000 for Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust


During the celebrations to note Lampeter as the birthplace of Welsh rugby held earlier this year, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David raised £1,000 for the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust (WRCT).


Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust

The money was raised during the evening dinner which concluded the day’s events.  The Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust was chosen in recognition of its support of Leif Thobroe, a student of the Master’s in Business Administration course at the UWTSD’s Swansea Business School.

Leif suffered a spinal injury during a tackle a year ago and since his accident, the Trust has been financially supporting him to undertake his studies at the University.  As well as offering practical support, the Trust also provides pastoral care and social opportunities for former players and their families.

The Venerable Randolph Thomas, Chair of the University Council said “The celebrations on the Lampeter campus were an excellent opportunity to note Lampeter’s place in Welsh rugby union history and we were delighted to receive the support of the WRU and its president, Mr Dennis Gethin, in those celebrations.  It was a day of celebration but we also wanted to give something back and to note the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust’s support of one of our students”.

The cheque was presented by Leif Thobroe and Randolph Thomas to Mr Dennis Gethin, Chair of the WRCT, who was made an Honorary Fellow of the University during this year’s graduation ceremonies, and Mr Alun Thomas, Treasurer.

In accepting the cheque Dennis Gethin, said “On behalf of the Trust, I am honoured to receive this fabulous donation. Such donations enhance the quality of life of severely injured players and their families.  I am very grateful to the University for supporting the work of the charity in this way”.

Earlier this year, Leif was one of the players who was chosen by the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust to meet the Duke of Cambridge, vice patron of the Welsh Rugby Union and patron of the Trust at a reception for 11 injured players and their families prior to the Wales v France.  Leif said "When I met Prince William, I spoke about the MBA and the Trust. I was a bit nervous but he came to sit with me and we had a very casual chat – he was very approachable and generous.

Established in 1972, the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust supports players who have been severely injured whilst playing rugby union in Wales.

I lost the use of my right arm following a rugby injury in February 2015 and now have weekly physiotherapy and hydrotherapy sessions,” says Leif, who is also working at theUniversity as a Ditigal Marketing Officer within Swansea Business School.  “After my injury I decided to enrol on the MBA at UWTSD which I started last September. It’s fantastic – I’m really enjoying the course and am getting very involved in all aspects of student life, including becoming a Student Ambassador for the University and a Course Representative.  I am very pleased to be able to present this cheque for £1,000 to the Trust on behalf of the University.”

The University’s has a long and prestigious association with Welsh Rugby began 150 years ago when Roland Williams, a former Vice Principal of St David’s College Lampeter, introduced the game of rugby to Wales.  Many of its former students have played for Wales including Barry John, who was made an Honorary Fellow on the day, Dewi Bebb and more recently Jonathan Davies and Ken Owens.  In addition, Lions and Llanelli coach, Carwyn James was a lecturer in Welsh and Drama at Trinity College Carmarthen.

During the day of celebrations to mark 150 years of rugby in Wales, local historian and Lampeter RFC President, Selwyn Walters launched his book, “The fighting Parsons; the role of St David’s College Lampeter in the development of rugby in Wales, published by Canolfan Peniarth.

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Photograph.  Alun Thomas and Dennis Gethin with Leif Thobroe and Randolph Thomas

Further Information

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