The achievements of the college’s sports department have been recognised at the Merthyr Tydfil Academy of Success Awards Evening with the team scooping up the 2015 Leadership Provision of the Year Award and the Sports Development Club/Initiative of the Year Award in recognition of its successful partnership with Merthyr Town Football Club.
The awards, which seek to recognise individual, group and organisational learning achievements, share good practice and celebrate the positive impact their provision or service has had on the lives of children and young people in Merthyr Tydfil, were presented at a ceremony held at Hills Plymouth Cricket Club on Friday 8th January.
Sarah Kerrigan, Head of Sport at the college, commented “We are really pleased to win the Leadership Provision of the Year Award. We strive hard to provide students with the best sports development and leadership opportunities and these efforts are paying off. 2015 has been an exceptional year for sport at the college. We have been recognised as a driving force for sports innovation, volunteering, mentoring and participation, we have taken forward a number of successful projects such as ‘Physical Literacy’, a number of our students have received Welsh caps, we received the Welsh Colleges ‘Outstanding Sports Development Award’ and to top it all we were named as the second best ‘Sports Leadership Academy’ in the United Kingdom.”
The college and Merthyr Tydfil Football Club received the award of ‘Sport Development Club/Initiative of the Year, in recognition of our successful partnership to develop football opportunities across Merthyr, including opportunities for playing and coaching alike. The college and the Merthyr Town FC Community Project has been working in partnership for the past 18 months to provide college students with an opportunity to coach both in the community and within local schools. This has given our students invaluable experience while allowing the Merthyr Town FC Community Project to continue to grow and provide more opportunities for the local community, safe in the knowledge that they have dedicated and ambitious students on hand to support all projects.
More recently, the college has linked with the Merthyr Town FC Academy and Swansea City FC to provide additional football opportunities for children aged 5-11. This in turn has lead to more coaching opportunities and experiences for our students.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Elliott Evans, Merthyr Town FC Community Development Officer, commented “It is a great honour to have received this award alongside our key partner – The College Merthyr Tydfil. From day one, the Merthyr Town FC Community Project has relied on the college to upskill and provide the community project with a hardworking and dedicated work force of students. We have had some fantastic young people work for the community project and we look forward to sustaining the future of football in Merthyr Tydfil whilst developing our relationship with the college further.”
Sarah Kerrigan, Head of Sport and Public Services also commented “We are really pleased to have won an award which recognises the effective partnership we have developed with Merthyr Town FC. We hope that this partnership will develop further and continue to strengthen the future of football in Merthyr Tydfil.”
Former BTEC level 3 sports student, Chloe Lloyd, was also awarded the Young Person of the Year Award for her commitment to her sports studies and extra-curricular coaching and volunteering in the local community. Chloe has now successfully progressed on to a Sports Degree at the University of South Wales.
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