Issue One - February 2014
Jake Smith is...
OFF THE WALL
The Big Away Day Sammy Oakley and Jack Sanders speak out about their Cup game to Llandudno
Successfully Converted Jac Thomas talks about his experiences and inspirations
And more inside...
Contents... A TRIP TO THE SEASIDE FOR THE
ROMANS GRAVITY FLYING HIGH AND DEFYING
SEEMLESSLY KICKING AND CONVERTING
A TRIP TO THE SEASIDE FOR THE
ROMANS “There’s no greater a game in Football than one that offers a cup!” - something I couldn’t have said better myself! Caerleon’s youth team are on the verge of sucess as they head to Llandudno this weekend ahead of their clash in the quater finals of the Welsh Cup. “Games like these at our age might as well be the FA Cup because they will mean just as much to us now as they will to the inner child of players like Gerrard or Suarez.” “Sanders be quiet! It’s just as good as the World Cup!” a cheeky grin arises onto Sammy’s face as I realise who’s likely to make more sense of the pair.
Sammy Oakley, left, and Jack Sanders
“I couldn’t be prouder to be a..
ROMAN” After I spoke to Jack, Sammy informed me of his intentions to take the club forward. He wants the club to have a future and not to fizzle out in the third league of the Welsh league system. “It’s not how it should be” Sammy states, “the way in which the club have decreased in size is an unwelcome sight to many who have stood by it through the hard times. I was just nine when I first pulled on my first Romans shirt and have never regretted it.” Sammy’s hope is that the club will benefit from a youth team cup final, the boys travel to Llandudno on Friday and can’t wait to get the result they are craving. “I couldn’t be prouder to be a roman at this moment in time! It’s pulling the boys together, we’ve never been so close as a team. We train as a team, play as a team and win as a team!” The boys take on Llandudno this Sunday, the 9th of February at 2pm. Good Luck Lads!
FLYING HIGH AND DEFYING
GRAVITY Free Running is fast becoming one of the UKâ€™s top sports running just behind international sports such as Football and Rugby. Jake Smith take his Free Running nationwide with regular adventure trips to places such as London featuring among his showreel.
Jake Smith during an acrobatic Side Flip.
Jake’s countless journeys around the UK with his free running group Feral Freerun have seen him climb to the heady heights of city skyscrapers and countless other tall buildings in the UK. His latest trip saw him and the Feral Freerun head into the London skyline on New Year’s eve and photograph the notoriously famous Thames fireworks display outside the Houses of Parliment. When speaking to Jake I found out that he and Feral Freerun plan on going abroad for some even “crazier” locations. “We sat down after our last meet in Cardiff and discussed going via Paris to Berlin. We’ve seen some awesome French free runners who have travelled the globe and seen places that none of would get to see if we didnt try to live life like this.” Many of the Feral Freerun group believe that “it’s better to see the world doing some outrageous than it is to go on a sightseeing tour.”
“There’s no greater feeling than..
SEEMLESSLY KICKING AND CONVER
CONVERSIO With the Six Nations having just kicked off I speak to Jac Thomas, Caerleon Comprehensiveâ€™s number 10 about his experiences of rugby at school level and why the Wales team prove to be such a large influence to his game.
ONS Jac Thomas of Caerleon passes the ball.
“Halfpenny makes me want to..
SUCEED” Jac Thomas has experienced close to everything that you can at his age. Currently 17, Jac has competed in four Welsh Cups, two Cup finals and a whole host of school and age grade club games that you could compete in. “I watch every year’s Six Nations on the edge of my seat and admittedly I scream at the TV as though I was sat pitchside. It’s something that I’ve grown up with, a family with rugby in it’s blood begs the question of what else I was meant to do!” Currently a Cardiff Blues star as well as the Lions’ and Wales’ first choice full back, Leigh Halfpenny is someone that is an inspiration for many. Jac has envyed Halfpenny’s kicking ability since watching his first Wales’ game. “I watch his every move carefully, I analyse his kicking style and try to see how I can improve myself based on how he does it.” Halfpenny’s move to France later this year will be a “tradegy for Welsh rugby” according to Thomas.
“The buzz of our sport rides on the success of the..