11 June 2018
Welsh Colleges Sport hosted their fourth annual conference last week at Cardiff Metropolitan University, with around 150 college learners from across Wales engaging in a range of new and alternative physical activities. The conference aimed to inspire and invoke a different attitude towards physical activity, offered opportunities to engage in a range of activities, from 3v3 basketball, yogability, freerunning to dance fit.
A key outcome of the day was that the learners who attended gained skills that on return to their colleges will support them to engage, inspire and mentor their less active peers into getting fit.
Richard Dando, Sport Wales, stated, “The WCS Active Recreation Conference is a chance for learners to find out what opportunities and support is out there through volunteering to help create opportunities for others to participate in sport and physical activity in schools, FE colleges and communities, while developing key life skills and experiences that will help as they move into higher education or employment.”
A total of 40 activity and workshop sessions were available on the day, providing opportunities to develop new skills and knowledge in developing innovative fitness activities – low to high intensity sessions and Strength and Conditioning sessions.
Iestyn Davies, Chief Executive of ColegauCymru the post compulsory education charity added “developing new partnerships and working in collaboration with Sport Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan on this event has allowed us to collectively promote learner opportunities and employability in the world of sport and physical activity.”
He added ‘We are committed to safeguarding our learners’ health and well-being, through offering physical activity, and volunteering placement opportunities. We know that learners engaged in such activity gain other mental and social benefits. Working in partnership we will continue widening access and physical activity opportunities for our learners.”