AN OAKDALE primary school will become the first school in Wales to host the Welsh Open Rubik’s Cube Championships.

Organised by the World Cube Association, the competition - due to be held at Rhiw Syr Dafydd Primary School - will see competitors solve the mechanical puzzles that took the world by storm during the 1980s.

The primary school is one of many host venues across the world which will welcome competitors later this month on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28.

Steven Potter, one of the teachers at Rhiw Syr Dafydd Primary School, said he works with all the pupils on maths and problem solving.

He said he got into using the Rubik’s Cube around a year ago.

He said: “I started learning how to solve the Rubik’s Cube and I didn’t realise there was such a thing as the cubing events.

“I looked online and saw that there had never been a championship in Wales before so thought it would be good for us.

“We will be the first venue in Wales to host the championships.

“We have 83 people coming from nine countries.”

He added: “I feel very proud and its certainly going to be something which will be good for us.

“I think it will really put our little community of Oakdale on the map and we will be able to hold the championships each year.”

Head teacher Craig George added: “We are thrilled to be hosting this prestigious world competition. The pupils are very excited and have been learning about the skill involved to solve these tricky puzzles.”

Entry to the event is charged at £10.

For more information, visit the website www.worldcube

association.org or contact the World Cube Association via email on ukcubeassociation@gmail.com. Alternatively, visit the school’s website rhi

wsyrdafyddschool.wales