AN RAF Flying Officer and former Colwyn Bay schoolboy played a significant part in an international success for the organisation’s rugby 7s side.

Jake Lovatt, an Abergele native who attended Rydal Penrhos, helped the Royal Air Force Spitfires Rugby squad achieve a notable competition victory at the Calcutta 7s tournament earlier this month.

The 21-year-old played a significant role in the success of the side, who managed to retain their crown after their triumph in 2014 thanks to a series of exceptional performances.

Prior to the tournament, the flying officer also got the chance to assist in a remote Indian village situated in Bengal with a special community project centred on the sport.

Members of the British team, named after the iconic fighter aircraft that was used during the Second World War, had visited Saraswatipur, a tiny village in Jalpaiguri district, to meet children who are part of the Khelo Rugby project and share some tips with them.

Jake, who joined the RAF three years ago, described it as an "incredible" experience, adding: "The kids are so enthusiastic. They are focused on their game and playing with them on silver sand was great fun.

“Most of them are very skilful and I am very keen to visit Saraswatipur again.”

Director of Sport Allen Boyd, added: “Not only was Jake hugely influential during the tournament, but his willingness to help others whilst out in India is a testament to the sort of overall person he is.

“Everyone at Rydal Penrhos is thrilled with his continued success and we wish him the very best of luck in the future.”