Richard McAndrew a PGCE Secondary student in Chemistry and Science from the Cardiff School of Education is celebrating winning the prestigious Welsh Livery Guild's Education and Training Award.
The Welsh Livery Guild Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated that they will use the award for the benefit of people in Wales and that it will make a valuable contribution to either the arts, science or technology.
29-year-old Richard has secured a teaching position from September as a science teacher at Duffryn High School in Newport and intends using his £500 award to set up an after-school martial arts club.
The black belt martial arts expert specialises in Kyokushinkai karate, and already runs a variety of clubs in his hometown of Bridgend.
On receiving his award from Windsor Coles OBE, Master of the Welsh Livery Guild Richard said:
"I applied for the award so I can pass my experience in martial arts on and also bring some of those benefits to my new role at Duffryn. This will be a first for the school and I'm hoping the students will enjoy the discipline and experience so we can continue running the club in the long-term. The grant is a fantastic help to my career too as it means I can offer an extra-curricular dimension to my teaching post and extra benefits to the school as a whole"
The Welsh Livery Guild, which was formed in 1993, distributes more than £40,000 per year through 80 awards in the fields of education, science, technology and arts.
Speaking about the award, Windsor Coles said: "The red kite on the Guild's emblem symbolises nurturing talent in Wales. We give awards across all educational establishments from schools and colleges to apprenticeships.
"It's great to see Richard setting up something from scratch in his new career that is sure to help and enthuse young people immensely."