The College Merthyr Tydfil has celebrated an exceptional year of achievements at its recent ‘Sports Celebration Evening’.
Students studying across a range of sports programmes, including BTEC Sport, Outdoor Adventure and Public Services, received awards in recognition of their academic, volunteering, sports leadership, sports performance, enrichment, coaching and team achievements.
Guests at the event, included Mr Nigel Rees, Chairman of Swansea City Football Club Academy, Mr Rob Guy, Operations Manager for Sports Leaders UK, Mr Elliott Evans, Merthyr Tydfil Football Club, Mr Dan Bufton, Disability Sports Wales Development Officer, Mr Mel Davies, Challenger Sport and Mr Lee Williams, Head Coach at Aberdare Town Football Club.
Speaking at the event, Sarah Kerrigan, Head of Sport, commented “It’s been a really successful year for sport at the college. Our Ladies Football team were Welsh champions, 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’ and second best 'Football College of the Year' in the United Kingdom.”
Among the 53 individual students who received awards, were:
Meggie Lewis – Welsh Rugby Cap
Jess Osborne – Millennium Volunteers 200 hours, Gold Young Ambassador, Inspirational Student of the Year, Ladies Football Team
Chloe Lloyd – Millennium Volunteers 200 hours, Gold Young Ambassador, Sports Performer of the Year, Football Student of the Year, Ladies Football Team, Welsh Football Cap
Daniel Delahay - Millennium Volunteers 200 hours, Gold Young Ambassador, Inspirational student of the Year, Challenger Sports success
Megan Harrison - Millennium Volunteers 200 hours, Gold Young Ambassador, Inspirational Student of the Year, Ladies Football Team, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
John Hughes - Millennium Volunteers 200 hours, Gold Young Ambassador, Inspirational Student of the Year
Cameran Trowbridge - Gold Young Ambassador, Welsh Crawshay’s U18s representative
Nathan Jenkins – Football Student of the Year, Welsh Football Cap
Kiran Parry – Volunteer of the Year
Jesse Frost, a year one Outdoor Adventure student was also awarded for coming runner-up in the British College's Sports Awards 2015 'Sports Performer of the Year'. This is a tremendous achievement for Jesse who was the only Welsh student to come runner-up in this award.
Jesse's mum, Sam Frost, commented "We had no idea that Jess had been nominated for the British Colleges Sport Performer of the Year Award, and her receiving 'British Runner Up' was amazing. We are really proud of her. Jess has thrived on the BTEC Outdoor Adventure course at the college. Her Tutors Gavin and Craig have delivered an exceptional level of teaching and support, and created a learning environment that has encouraged leadership, team spirit, discipline and thinking outside the box. Year 1 has been a real adventure. Through a good balance of physical and academic challenges, Jess has gained new skills, strengths and a confidence in herself. She is really looking forward to Year 2. The staff and students of the Sports Department have won an incredible number of National Awards and Honours this year. It was a privilege to attend the Celebration Evening to see the level of commitment and talent among the students, and to thank the staff for the great job they are doing."
Mel Davies, Challenger Sports, commented "What a great evening it was and I and Challenger Sports were privileged to be part of it.The relationship between the college and Challenger is second to none and a lot of that is down to the staff and all the hard work they do for us promoting Challenger Sports and the wonderful opportunities it brings."
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