FE Students and Staff Team Up for Welsh Colleges Sport Active Wellbeing Conference
Further Education students from across Wales and over 50 staff who work within the FE sector will share knowledge and best practice, promote wellbeing and learn about volunteering opportunities at Welsh Colleges Sport’s fourth annual conference.
Tomorrow’s conference at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Cardiff School of Sport in Cyncoed will focus on ‘Active Wellbeing’ and on improving the health and wellbeing of future generations. The 250 staff and students attending will also share ideas on sport development and training.
The conference is arranged by Welsh Colleges Sport and Colleges Wales and, while getting more students active is a central theme, the development of future workforce through volunteering and coach education opportunities to support college projects will also be 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 will help 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 is 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 will run at Cardiff Met’s first class facilities, including the new Archers Arena. Cardiff Met students and staff will offer guidance throughout the day and Chris Jennings, the University’s Director of Sport, said: “The University is 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.
New activities at this year’s conference include Geocaching, Circus Eruption, Tri-Net, BEATS, LatinoFit and Smash-Up Badminton. Alternatives to more traditional sports and PE will also be available, including pink belt kickboxing, free running, cardio tennis and Watt bike, which are all often more accessible than traditional versions of these sports.
Sarah Powell, CEO of Sport Wales said: “Welsh colleges are such a hive of sport and physical activity and this is a real showcase of the diverse range of activities that people can access.
“Issues like our future workforce and innovation are high on our agenda and we will only be successful by working together with the education sector to keep up with future trends in activity.”
Geraint Jones, Chair of Welsh Colleges Sport Strategy group said: “Creating new opportunities for students to develop their coaching and volunteering skills is really important for Further Education colleges, encouraging leadership and employability for learners. The conference provides some great examples of this type of work and opportunities for colleges and students to network in this important area with governing bodies and volunteering organisations”
Workshops will be delivered by sector-leading organisations including Full Circle Education, Creazione Fitness Village and UPSHOT online monitoring. Staff and students will also learn more from the Sport Wales Insight team and Cardiff Met Sports Broadcasting on new initiatives to help understand and promote physical activity among FE learners.
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