NEWPORT County AFC are back in the Football League after 25 years of determination, commitment and hard work.

Those of us fortunate to be at Wembley on Sunday saw history made, and enjoyed a massive occasion for both club and city.

Huge praise is due to the manager and supporting staff, players, supporters, board and all involved.

It seals a remarkable season for Welsh football clubs –Wrexham won the FA Trophy and Swansea won the Capital One Cup earlier this year, and Cardiff are going up to the Premier League as Champions.

We all now look forward to Newport County continuing to build on and off the field, finally restored to our rightful position in the Football League.

● At the start of May I was lucky enough to be invited to the one-year anniversary event at Llanwern High School in Ringland.

The replacement for the old Hartridge High School was celebrating its first year since opening, and did so brilliantly.

The event lasted most of the morning, with great performances from pupils and an excellent speech from world-class sprinter and ex-Hartridge pupil Christian Malcolm.

As well as giving his speech he was presenting some of the football academy boys with their international caps – a healthy sign of the excellence the school aims to achieve.

I was really pleased to be there and want to congratulate all the pupils and staff who made it the event it was. Schools are a big part of our communities across Newport East, and it’s right to celebrate and showcase what they do every so often.

There was a lot to celebrate at this first anniversary, and I look forward to enjoying many more over the years ahead.

● Another recent event I’ve attended was the official launch of the University of South Wales, formed from the merger of the University of Newport and University of Glamorgan.

The new university has more than 33,000 students, making it one of the largest in the UK and an important institution in South Wales.

The launch was hosted at Newport’s Civic Centre, and it was very good to see the city council was at the heart of this event.

It was really positive to see all the partners pulling together, and the commitment to making this new university succeed.