Students get ready for Challenger Sports US style!


Six students from the College Merthyr Tydfil have been successful in gaining a place on the Challenger Sports Summer programme 2017.

Claudia Meyrick, Jack Hodgkins and Mackie Morgan, all level 3 BTEC sports students, will leave their hometown of Merthyr Tydfil to become part of a team of over 1,000 coaches delivering the Challenger Sports curriculum.

Foundation Degree students Lucy Sullivan, Cameran Trowbridge and Owen Powell have also successfully gained placements for this coming summer. Lucy commented “I’m so happy to have gained this placement. I’m looking forward to traveling to a new place and seeing how their coaching techniques differ from ours. I’m also looking forward to working with the young children to help develop their sporting ability.” Cameran added I’m excited about the prospect of being able to coach groups of younger children and developing their skills.”

All students had to undergo a rigorous selection process to gain their place on the programme. This included a coaching assessment and informal interview.

BTEC Level 3 Sports student Claudia, (pictured below), will spend over 8 weeks coaching at soccer camps for ages 4-14 year olds in Kansas.

Claudia, commented “I was ecstatic when I heard that I’d got through. I’m really looking forward to coaching in a different environment.”

In addition, former student Dan Delahay has secured a contract to coach with Challenger in the Baltimore region.

Head of Sports and Public Services, Sarah Kerrigan, commented “This is a tremendous achievement for all of our students. Challenger Sports is the leading provider of soccer camps in the United States, Canada, and Australia and receives thousands of applications from college students each year. They’ve done exceptionally well to gain a place on the USA programme”.


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