Sport and physical activity play an incredibly important part in the student experience at Cardiff Met, it is part of our DNA. The Covid-19 pandemic has had wide-reaching implications and unfortunately, this has been felt across our sport programmes. However, in true Archer spirit, our teams have risen to the challenge and developed a range of fun and innovative digital and online programmes, which have been running over the last few months.
We are planning for the next academic year and whilst we want to re-start our programmes and activities, we are focused on ensuring the safety of our students is our number one priority. With guidance from the Welsh Government now changing on a more regular basis, providing certainty around the sport experience is difficult. Our aspiration, as ever, remains to provide you with a sector-leading experience, one that is undertaken in a safe environment, protecting us all and minimising risk.
What do we know?
What we do know is that there will be a limited British University & College Sport (BUCS) competitive offering in the first term, following BUCS’ announcement earlier this month of the cancellation of the majority of league competitions (there are discussions around the return of some sports, including Super Rugby and Hockey, and we are part of the national conversation in these areas).
Planning is focused on returning leagues in Term 2. For teams that participate in leagues outside of BUCS, we are working with the respective National Governing Bodies of Sport and will be adhering to their respective return to play protocols. Based on current guidance, it looks likely that league competition will return in the Autumn but the exact nature of this is yet to be confirmed.
What are we doing?
We know that the student experience from a sport and physical activity perspective will be different, and again, providing certainty on what this will look like is challenging. However, in choosing to study at Cardiff Met, you can be assured that what we deliver will be of an exceptionally high standard and in accordance with the latest guidance. We are consequently working on the development of a range of programmes and initiatives including:
- Re-start of training and competition for our performance teams and individual athletes, in competitions outside of BUCS, in accordance with the latest NGB guidance Development of on-campus, intra-mural competitions in a range of sports
- Recreational and ‘turn up and play’ activities
- Re-designing our Health & Fitness programme including access to our gym facilities and classes based on national guidance. This also includes development of our digital resources to ensure you can work out and attend a wide range of classes from yoga to circuits Exploring developments of outdoor spaces to facilitate physical activity at Cyncoed, Llandaff and Plas Gwyn
- Working in partnership with other Welsh universities to explore options for local or regional competitions in Term 1
Given the current environment in which we are operating, all of the above is subject to change. What will not change, however, is the assurance that we will continue to act with agility and respond to the changing external environment, whilst ensuring we do all we possibly can to deliver and uphold our standards of sport and physical activity excellence.