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The lifestyle choices and changes we make all mean more opportunities for sports, leisure and healthy living professionals. Whatever your sport, sporting interest or lifestyle choice, we can help you on your way by:

• developing your own knowledge and expertise

• offering you sport and performance management experience

• helping you carve a career from your hobby or passion.

Coleg y Cymoedd hosts a variety of sporting academies:

The Cardiff Blues (North) Academy

Our reputation has grown over the last few years with Coleg y Cymoedd reaching and winning a number of finals. A high percentage of our players have won caps for Wales under 20’s, with some even captaining the team! Learners may have the opportunity to train alongside Cardiff Blues players and receive coaching from the Blues’ coaches.

Rugby League Academy

This Academy in partnership with South Wales Ironmen has come to fruition through the commitment of the Wales Rugby League and the college to provide an environment for talented Welsh Rugby League Players to receive both educational qualifications and the highest standard of training. 

Welsh Elite Female Football Academy

The Football Association of Wales has teamed up with the college to launch an elite female football academy. The girls from all parts of the country will combine daily coaching sessions with full time study.

Football Academy

Our Football Academy has been set up in partnership with Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC. Training, gym sessions and weekly games are available for all learners. Three players have achieved Wales honours in 2016.

Netball Academy

The academy is open to learners studying on our sport programmes. Apart from training sessions learners will benefit from strength & conditioning sessions from qualified instructors, regular fitness testing, nutrition advice and participate in league, cup and friendly matches with the opportunity to represent the Welsh Colleges & Welsh Schools teams.

The college also have Volleyball and Basketball teams.

During your course you will spend your time learning about fitness training and programming, physiology, and sports nutrition as well as improving your playing skills on the field and in the gym.



Disclaimer Coleg y Cymoedd takes every effort to ensure the course information on this website is accurate at the time of being live. Coleg y Cymoedd reserves the right to make changes or withdraw without notice any of the courses, course facilities or support described.

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Sport courses at Coleg y Cymoedd

Sport courses at Coleg y Cymoedd

Alumni wing Bethan enjoying Wales style

Alumni wing Bethan enjoying Wales style

Cymoedd Sport Highlights Reel 2015-16

Cymoedd Sport Rugby Highlights Reel 2015-16

“This course has helped me focus on a career pathway in sport. It encourages you to take what you learn in the classroom and apply it to your practical skills in the gym and on the field. The sports academy boasts some of the best sports facilities in South Wales together with top coaches and tutors who have loads of experience. You get the opportunity to receive specialist training and also play at a competitive level every week”.

Matthew Griffiths


Case Studies of our Learners

Dan Morgan

Read Dan Morgan's Case Study here


Daniel Parry 

Read Daniel Parry's Case Study here


Katy Bridges

Read Katy Bridges' Case Study here


Hywel Thomas

Read Hywel Thomas' Case Study here


Carl Lewis (1)

Read Carl Lewis' Case Study here

Nick Prichard - Sport Lecturer
Nick Pritchard

What do you teach at Coleg y Cymoedd?


I am, in my 5th year of teaching and my 4th at the college. I currently teach across the following programmes: Travel & Tourism, Sport and Welsh Baccalaureate.


What is your greatest achievement during your time with us?


Completing my QTS programme which entitles me to teach from 11-18 years of age.


Tell us about your career and experience in Industry


I studied leisure and tourism in college, followed by completing a HND followed by a BA (Hons) in Leisure and Tourism management at the University of Glamorgan (now university of South Wales). 


Following this had a job working in leisure and Sport department at Monmouthshire County Council working in a team managing parks, open spaces and working from time to time on sport development programmes and leisure and events projects.


I had a secondment during this time to cover maternity in the role of dragon sport coordinator role, looking after sport in after school and community club settings for 7-11 year olds.


Following this I moved to Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council to take up the post of 5 x 60 officer, running a programme of sports and activity for 11-16 year olds in around the school day. I also worked with the PE department closely, assisting with delivery of programmes and large scale activities such as sports day and overseas ski trips.


I was offered the opportunity to train as a teacher in this school which I undertook. This allowed me to develop teaching skills across the PE department and geography department delivering travel and tourism courses.

Lisa Reynolds - Sport Lecturer
Lisa Reynolds

What do you teach at Coleg y Cymoedd?


I teach Sport at Coleg y Cymoedd and have been teaching for 10 years.


What is your greatest achievement during your time with us?


My greatest achievement is helping learners achieve their goals, particularly my role as a second year course tutor supporting learners who are progressing onto a university course of their choice.


Tell us about your career and experience in Industry


I have always been an active sportsperson and continued this passion into my university course as I was always interested in a career in sport. My degree enabled me to complete a PGCE in Further Education specialising in sport. This allowed me to gain a teaching job within post 16 education.  I have also been able to complete a number of coaching and umpiring qualifications within a range of sports.


Tell us about your qualifications

I have a BSc Hons in Sports and Exercise Science which I achieved in 2001 from the University of Gloucestershire. I completed my PGCE in Further Education in 2004-2005 from Cardiff University.


Something interesting about you


I play netball for Cardiff Bay and this season my team has been promoted to the next division in the Cardiff District League.

Mark Jones - Sport Lecturer
Mark Jones

What do you teach at Coleg y Cymoedd?

I am a Coach on the first year of the Rugby League Academy and teach Level 1 BTEC Sport.


What is your greatest achievement during your time with us?

Establishing a Rugby League Academy at the College.


Tell us about your career and experience in Industry

I am a current Wales Students RL Assistant Coach/Team Manager.

I was previously a Wales Rugby League National Development Manager for 7 years (2008 – 2015) and Secondary PE Teacher for 8 years previous (2000 – 2008).


Tell us about your qualifications

My qualifications include:

PGCE Secondary Physical Education

BA Hons Sport & Human Movement Studies

RLEF Rugby League Coach Tutor

UKCC Level 2 Rugby League Coach

RFL Match Official

WRU Strength & Conditioning Level 1


Something interesting about you


I am a Competitive Surfer and a former Red Coat at Barry Island Butlins!

Mark Davies - Sport Lecturer
Mark Davies

What do you teach at Coleg y Cymoedd?


I have been teaching BTEC Level 1 to 3 Sport at Coleg y Cymoedd for 10 years and am a

Campus Coordinator for the School of Sport.


What is your greatest achievement during your time with us?

Seeing students continually improving and achieving.


Tell us about your career and experience in Industry

Having studied & played sport all my life I decided to develop this by going into teaching. Ten years later I’m still teaching and enjoying it.


Tell us about your qualifications

I have a PGCE Post 16 Education, a BA Hons Degree in Sport Studies and a BTEC Level 3 Sports Coaching Development.


Something interesting about you

I’m a Cardiff Blues season ticket holder and big fan!

Andrew Davies - Sport Lecturer
Andrew Davies

What do you teach at Coleg y Cymoedd?


My area is mainly BTEC First Level 2 in Sport, but I have also taught on Level 1 and 3 sport provision as well as on various Public Service, ESW and WBQ programmes. I have been teaching at the College since January 2013.   


What is your greatest achievement during your time with us?


The continued development and improvement of the college football programme is something I am very proud off, (as Boost Development Team Coach). A number of players within the football programme have even achieved National honours. The general expansion of the sport department in the time I have been here has also been substantial, with almost double the provision from when I started and there has been great effort in the formation of new teams to represent the college in a range of sports. Showing sport is clearly thriving within the college.


Tell us about your career and experience in Industry


I have had roles in Sport Development with Sport RCT and as a 5x60 officer. I have also worked within professional football as sport science support with Accrington Stanley (as a 6 month industry based work placement while studying at Liverpool John Moores University).


Tell us about your qualifications


I completed my degree in Sport Science and Football at Liverpool John Moores University in 2010, MSc in Youth Sport Coaching in University of Glamorgan in 2012 (now USW) and I completed my (PGCE) PCET in Cardiff University in 2013. I also have a range vocational/coaching qualifications related to various sports. 

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