Cardiff and Vale College Rugby Academy goes from strength to strength
Cardiff and Vale College’s Rugby Academy has gone from strength to strength with the appointment of Cardiff Blues player Dan Fish as coach, a convincing win over last year’s colleges champions and gaining coveted A License status.
Dan Fish, who made his debut with the Blues in 2010 and starred in the 2010 Six Nations Wales under-20s team, has started as coach for the team’s backs. He said of starting as coach for the CAVC Rugby Academy:
“I’ve really enjoyed the last few months and I’m very excited with the potential of this group of players, the performance environment that Martyn has developed is second to none and on par with any regional set up. A lot of hard work goes on behind closed doors to make sure that these students have every chance to succeed.
“Martyn’s player development record speaks for itself, that, allied with the work ethic here at CAVC gives me no doubt that Cardiff and Vale College Rugby Academy can develop into the best Rugby Academy in Wales, if not the UK, over the next five years.”
CAVC Director of Rugby Martyn Fowler said: “It’s a genuine privilege to have Dan on board as our attack coach, the way he approaches the game mirrors the way we want to play, as I term it the “Cardiff Way” - a wide quick tempo game based on pace vision and skill.
“Dan’s pedigree as a ‘Current Pro’ offers us new thinking on the game and the way we approach training in readiness to play. He has great endplay with the game and particularly with the young men studying at the College. Still only a young man in playing terms, I have no doubt that a successful coaching career awaits Dan if he choses to travel that pathway.
“We are extremely lucky to have him on board as a part of our hard-working and dedicated coaching team.”
Last week also saw the Rugby Academy score a major victory over last year’s national champions, Gower College, beating them 44-14 at the College’s Cardiff International Sports Campus in Leckwith.
The growing stature of CAVC’s Rugby Academy is reflected in the A License it has been granted by the WRU. An A License can only be granted if strict criteria relating to ground facilities and player support are met.
“All the elite clubs play in A License facilities,” Martyn explained. “It ensures that the best resources, facilities, support and development pathways are in place.
“It shows CAVC’s Cardiff International Sports Campus has facilities that rival Millfield. That’s important for the Blues region – you don’t have to go across the bridge to access state of the art rugby training and support as it is right here on your doorstep.”