Further Education students from across Wales and over 50 staff who work within the FE sector gathered at Cardiff Met's National Indoor Athletics Centre last week to share knowledge and best practice, promote wellbeing and learn about volunteering opportunities at Welsh Colleges Sport's fourth annual conference.
The conference focussed on 'Active Wellbeing' and on improving the health and wellbeing of future generations. The 250 staff and students attending also shared ideas on sport development and training.
The conference is arranged by Welsh Colleges Sport and Colleges Wales and, while getting more students active was a central theme, the development of future workforce through volunteering and coach education opportunities to support college projects was also at the heart of all activity on the day.
Supported by governing bodies including Sport Wales, Young Ambassadors, Welsh Netball, The FAW Trust and BME Sport Cymru, the conference helped students develop new skills and learn how to arrange and involve their peers in recreational sport.
Iestyn Davies, CEO of CollegesWales/ColegauCymru said: "Health and Wellbeing is crucial for creating an efficient, content, productive and sustainable future workforce and is at the heart of many of our policies.
"We advocate enhancing the learner experience in any way possible and promote collaborative working among all Welsh FEIs - this conference was a great opportunity to share ideas and ambitions. The general wellbeing of those providing Further Education is beneficial to all learners and makes for a happier, healthier learning environment for everyone."
Over 40 fitness, sport and coaching sessions ran at Cardiff Met's first class facilities, including the new Archers Arena. Cardiff Met students and staff offered guidance throughout the day and Chris Jennings, the University's Director of Sport, said: "The University was proud to welcome staff and students from FE colleges around Wales for the conference.
"Our partnership with Welsh Colleges Sport provides a great opportunity for future students to connect with the University and for our staff and students to work with the FE sector."