Many members of Cardiff Met staff have enjoyed Wales’ huge Euros success from the touchline, and not just on television screens or as part of Wales’ huge contingent of travelling fans.
The University has benefitted from a long-standing relationship with the Football Association of Wales and vice versa – the team’s Together Stronger motto refers to a stellar backroom staff, many of whom are based at Cardiff Met or are associated to us and have also become part of the team.
From the beginning of their campaign through to their semi-final, Ebbw Vale-born Performance Psychologist Dr Ian Mitchell has been a credit to the squad and is a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff School of Sport, as well as contributing to Swansea City’s recent success, during a two year secondment there.
Rheumatologist Jon Houghton is the Welsh squad’s Chief Medical Officer and an Honorary Senior Lecturer who has been lecturing and examining on the University’s MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine since 2007.
Alumnus David Weeks is a senior physiotherapist who studied on our MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine course and now lectures and examines on the same highly acclaimed course.
Similarly, Wales Team Physiotherapist Sean Connelly began the same course while he held the same role at Cardiff City FC and is currently completing his dissertation here.
Wales Team Doctor Rhodri Martin is an SEM Consultant and former student on Cardiff Met’s course, which he now also lectures on.
Dr Ryland Morgans recently left his role as Liverpool FC’s fitness and conditioning coach but was key to Wales’ rise to success. His BA and MSc were awarded by Cardiff Met and he received his PhD for the thesis titled ‘Understanding the Physical Demands and Recovery responses to Elite Soccer in the English Championship and Premiership Leagues’ at last week’s graduation.
Wales and Cardiff City FC sport masseur Paul Harris also studied here.
The University has a history of first class football – the men’s side plays in the Welsh Premier League and was recently given the prestigious title of Welsh Football Club of the Year by the All Wales Sport Press. Of the 20-strong squad, 11 study at postgraduate or Masters levels while the others were all awarded first class or 2:1 classifications last week.
Current student Charlie Fairweather is Wales Women’s team doctor and is studying towards her MSc here. The former team Physiotherapist Charlotte Belford graduated from the same course in 2015.
Professor Richard Tong, Dean of Cardiff School of Sport, said: ”Congratulations to all those from the University who have contributed in no small part to the rise of Welsh football.”