Cardiff Met has officially launched its first ever Sports Coaching Academy in a bid to assist a broad range of individuals from across the Welsh capital boost their coaching skills.
Working with the support of Cardiff Council and Sport Wales, the Coaching Academy is a two year programme for junior, community, elite and student sports coaches – all of whom will receive an extensive package of training, development, and mentoring that will help them fulfil their potential.
The programme, which has recruited a total of 27 coaches, includes a variety of bespoke workshops about mentoring support, peer forums, and coaching opportunities delivered by industry experts. In addition, academy members will receive specially branded kit and funding support towards next-step national governing body (NGB) qualifications.
Last year, Cardiff Met successfully piloted its Coaching Academy with a group of nine students. This year additional areas of training have been introduced to open the opportunity to the wider community.
Owen Rodgers, Director of Sport at Cardiff Met University, said: “The Coaching Academy will help develop coaches from across the capital, providing a bridge between the university and the wider community with the ultimate aim of improving the quality of sports provision in Cardiff.”
Adam Dove, a Cardiff Met Sports Coaching student and 2nd year Coaching Academy member said: “The Coaching Academy has provided me with fantastic coach development and placement opportunities to progress as a coach.
“Having developed my skills through working with Cardiff Met’s junior sports academies, I have now received the opportunity to coach Cardiff Met RFC fresher teams and support aspiring 1st year students to progress through the rugby club.”
There four strands to the Coaching Academy are as follows:
JUNIOR: For young people age 16–19 who are already contributing to sport in the Cardiff area in a coaching / sports leadership capacity.
COMMUNITY: For sports coaches currently involved in delivering community sport who are keen to develop their coaching knowledge and skills.
ELITE: For coaches who are either currently coaching in performance environments, or who have been identified as a potential future elite level coach.
STUDENT: For students studying at Cardiff Met who are already qualified and experienced sports coaches who are committed to their development as a coach and are willing and able to be deployed in a variety environments including the Cardiff Met Sport Junior Academies and Sport Cardiff community programmes as well as coaching student sport teams. 1st year Coaching Academy members will be mentored by 2nd year members.