Sport, Well-being and Volunteering

There are 45,000 full time learners aged 16-19 in Welsh further education colleges, and we want them all to get active. Our mission as a sector is to make a tangible difference to the health of our young people.

In partnership with Sport Wales, ColegauCymru is the lead organisation for sport in further education colleges in Wales, raising the profile of sport, physical activity and volunteering through college projects and promoting elite college sport.

ColegauCymru and its members are committed to increasing participation in sport and physical activity among FE students in Wales. To achieve this ambition we must tackle inequalities in sports participation with the aim of reducing the gender gap and increasing opportunities for disabled students. Working in partnership on various projects has resulted in widening access successes, attracting and retaining new learners to engage and enjoy physical activity in and outside of college.

Increasing the employability of students in sports and physical activity while developing a sustainable workforce for FE and the community is also a priority, and the young ambassador program has been instrumental in providing those progression and career opportunities for college students.

Academic, holistic and competitive support for elite athletes in the FE sector through college sport programmes also provides excellent opportunities for our learners.

To find out more about sponsoring, volunteering or supporting our events, sporting competitions, outdoor activity and/or physical activity opportunities around Wales, contact, Robert Baynham, Sports Co-ordinator. robert.baynham@collegeswales.ac.uk.

Sport Projects

CollegesWales has partnered in a number of projects relating to the promotion of physical activity and more recently widening access and the promotion of the benefits of physical activity to harder to reach audiences. Here are some projects below that we have been involved in.

The Youth Sport Development Ambassadors (YSDA) Project is a project that will see 7 European countries work together to develop new opportunities for young volunteers to gain European experience in sports development. The project has recruited ambassadors from each country who will be fully trained as YSDAs. The great opportunity gives them the role to create and develop new physical activities for their peer groups in their countries. The project also looks to help tackle inactivity among ethnic minorities in their local communities. The YSDA project will encourage the young volunteers to develop these disengaged social groups through physical activities..