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10 February 2017

Sports students from Cardiff and Vale College to deliver coaching in Welsh

Sport students from Cardiff and Vale College are set to share their coaching expertise through the medium of Welsh following special training from the Urdd.

Eight Sports learners have taken part in the Urdd’s specialist Level 2 Sport Leaders award and now need to provide ten hours of coaching in Welsh to become fully qualified. All of the learners have found coaching opportunities and will complete their hours in Welsh medium primary schools and during rugby and hockey competitions with the Urdd. 

Once qualified, the eight students will be able to coach in Welsh with the Urdd at Welsh medium schools, after school clubs, holiday camps, galas and competitions.

Urdd Sports Development Officer Gareth East said: “It was great working with Cardiff and Vale College and lovely to see a lot of good coaches in the College. Everyone fully participated in every aspect of the qualification and to a very good standard. We look forward to the students coaching with us in the future.”

The Urdd aims to provide opportunities for children and young people to develop personal and social skills through the medium of Welsh. The Level 2 Sport Leaders award is a nationally recognised practical qualification that enables learners to lead groups of people in sport or activities in Welsh. It teaches generic leadership skills such as organisation, planning, communication and teamwork through the medium of sport.

Level 3 Public Services student, 18-year-old Kia Sparkes, said: “We are very grateful to the Urdd for giving us the opportunity to gain an extra qualification which will help us with our employment prospects as well as giving us experience in the coaching world. Being able to use and practise our Welsh is a great help and has really boosted our confidence to keep using the language.”

CAVC Welsh Curriculum Co-ordinator Nicola Buttle said: “Establishing such strong links with the Urdd has created an abundance of Welsh medium opportunities for our learners. It has been hugely beneficial in many ways.

“It supports our bilingual ethos and Welsh medium provision within sport at CAVC, provides practical coaching sessions through the medium of Welsh across Cardiff and the Vale and also raises awareness among our learners of how advantageous the Welsh language and bilingualism is within the sporting world.”