The College Merthyr Tydfil’s Sports Division has been awarded the Colleges Wales ‘Outstanding Sports Development’ Award for 2015.
The award seeks to recognise the exceptional initiatives and achievements of colleges in relation to raising participation in sport, developing volunteering and leadership opportunities, developing successful collaborative partnerships and helping students to develop confidence and extend their personal skills.
Sarah Kerrigan, Head of Sport at The College Merthyr Tydfil commented, “We are really pleased to have received this award. We have a growing reputation for sporting excellence and a commitment to providing outstanding sporting opportunities for not only our students, but also staff, local primary and secondary schools, local sporting groups and the general community. We are one of only 11 schools and further education colleges across the whole of Wales and one of only five schools and further education colleges in South East Wales to be awarded ‘Leadership Academy Status’ by the Sports Leaders UK. As testimony to our commitment to Sports Leadership, the college is also a finalist in the Sports Leadership UK, UK Sports Leadership Academy of the Year 2015 Category. This is a tremendous achievement for the college and demonstrates the outstanding sports development work and opportunities that the college strives to provide both within the college and across the local community. Not only do we offer a wide range of sports courses, competitive and team sports and enrichment activities, but we are also renowned for being a driving force in key sporting initiatives, including the Welsh Government’s Physical Literacy Programme, Millennium Volunteers, Disability Sport and much more. Our success and commitment to such programmes has been rewarded by the development of excellent partnerships with local, national and international sporting organisations, all of whom regard the college as an exemplar in the provision of sporting skills and qualifications, enrichment and volunteering opportunities and general level of sporting excellence.”
All of our sports students lead in local primary schools as part of their course. In addition, students are encouraged to volunteer through their local clubs e.g. the college currently links with all of the local football clubs and Game On to provide student volunteers to help coach sessions which include holiday football camps, girls’ football sessions etc.
Brent Carter, Business Development Manager, Merthyr Tydfil Football Club, commented “We have worked in partnership with The College Merthyr Tydfil for a number of years. The student volunteers enable us to offer quality, affordable sports coaching sessions for youngsters in the local area. Through the use of the volunteers, we are able to offer both hourly and, during school holidays, daily coaching sessions for ages 5-12 years old. The girl’s football coaching has also been very popular, encouraging more young girls from the area to participate in sporting activities. The students are always well organised and have a good rapport with the children. They are a credit to themselves, their families and the college.”
The college offers a range of sports courses and opportunities, including Level 3 BTEC Sport, Level 3 BTEC Outdoor Adventure, A level PE and Foundation Degrees in Sports Science: Exercise and Health and Sports Performance and Coaching. For further information on these courses, please visit: http://www.merthyr.ac.uk/courses/sport-and-public-services
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