The show must go on!

The students from Cefn Glas Infants School in Bridgend can once again perform and sing for their parents, thanks to local employer Admiral.


Due to the pandemic and restrictions in place, the children were unable to have any concerts for their parents to see. Admiral employee, Colin Johns asked his employer whether they could help, and the school received £500 from Admiral to help fund an outdoor performance space, allowing shows to restart.


The school had an old area of wooden decking that had disintegrated, and the children were asked what they would like to do with that area. Whilst the children came up with some wacky and fun ideas, such as a rocket launch pad, or a sweet shop, one of the best was a stage for them to perform. The students, aged 3 to 7, love to perform, sing, and dance, so began the great idea of building a stage in the playground.


Colin Johns, who is usually based in Admiral’s Cardiff office applied to the company’s Community Chest Scheme. The scheme provides funding for charities, sports teams and organisations in which staff members or their families are involved.


Colin said, “The children and teaching staff of Cefn Glas are delighted with the new stage, already named ‘The Show Must Go On’. The first use was on 1 March 2021, St David’s Day, when every class completed a performance on a nice dry stage, all loving their new outdoor classroom. As soon as they can, they will be completing some concerts on the new stage where parents can watch from a safe distance.”


Colin also utilised Admiral’s ‘Give A Day’ initiative to volunteer and help build the stage. Through this initiative Admiral employees can take a paid day off work to volunteer for charities and organisations close to their hearts.


“For three rainy days a group of volunteers including some parents of children in the school, myself and some family I roped in, built a solid new structure with a fibreglass roof, and all-weather composite decking, that can be used for years to come. Thanks to my employers, Admiral, I was able to make a difference in my local community,” Colin said.


Admiral’s Community Chest scheme has been running for over fourteen years and gives thousands of pounds annually to local charities and organisations in South Wales.