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Cardiff and Vale College welcomes students from Atlantic College for mini sports festival

Atlantic College students taking part in the sporting activities

Students from Atlantic College were welcomed to Cardiff and Vale College this week for a mini sports festival with CAVC partners Cardiff Blues and MPTC.

The international students experienced a range of sporting matches and training sessions at CAVC’s top-of-the-range £650,000 airdome at its Cardiff International Sports Campus and at Cardiff City House of Sport. The College’s Sports Academy students also took part in the day.

The Atlantic College learners were split into groups for the activities: a friendly female netball match at the House of Sport with Head of Netball Kyra Jones; female football with Head of football Jamie Sherwood and mixed rugby with Head of rugby Martyn Fowler. Representatives from Cardiff Blues, CCFC and MPTC also assisted with coaching and advice.

CAVC Head of Sport, Public Services and Academies James young said: “It was great to welcome the students from Atlantic College to CISC, the home of CAVC Sport.  It was a great opportunity for the learners from Atlantic College to integrate with our sports learners and also with our partner organisations. 

“We will shortly be taking several groups of learners to Atlantic College to undertake in a selection of outdoor pursuits at their fantastic campus.  I would also like to thank Kyra, Jamie and Martyn for delivering some excellent, engaging coaching sessions that were thoroughly enjoyed by all involved.”

Tom Partridge, Head of Atlantic Outdoors, said: “With the development of our new Sports and Activity Centre at Atlantic College we have seen an increase in participation in team sports. The opportunity for our international students to leave the Vale of Glamorgan and come to experience the quality facilities and coaching available with CAVC was a great opportunity.

“We are really grateful to James and his team who helped facilitate some coaching opportunities for both make and females in both rugby and football as well as a friendly netball match with our recently formed netball team. A great time was had by all on what was a pretty soggy Monday afternoon.”

Cardiff Blues Community Manager Nadine Griffiths said: “Today was a great experience for the students. The day also gave us the opportunity to cement the partnership between Cardiff and Blues and CAVC while learners got the opportunity to really mix with each other and share skills.”

Reuben Tucker, Lead Training Instructor at MPTC, said: “The students were very complimentary about the coaching they received during the football session. They said the drills were very well delivered and inclusive and they all enjoyed themselves very much.”

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