There are 45,000 students aged 16-19 in Welsh further education colleges, and we want them all to get active. Our mission is to make a tangible difference to the health of our young people, especially young women, who tend to become less active when they reach their late teens.
Entries have doubled for Welsh Colleges Sport competitions in the last year. Over a thousand competitors took part in eleven different sporting events in the last year, and half of them were young women.
Colleges are encouraging students to get more active with a range of new and exciting projects, which are designed to get students who wouldn’t normally take part in sport in college to be more active. Groups taking part in these new projects have included students from Catering, Hairdressing, Care, Construction, Animal Care, Business, ILS and Creative Arts – to name a few!
Many of these projects are led by other college students as part of Student Management Teams. These students are learning new leadership and sports development skills and in some cases even leading the activities! Students are also learning how to promote the activities using social media and other interactive technology – take a look at Coleg Sir Gar5x30 for some inspiration!
The range of new activities developed by students, for other students has been huge including Zumba, Rock Climbing, Martial Arts, Snow Boarding and Bubble Football as examples. Students have also chosen some of the more traditional sports activities with 5 aside football, rush hockey, badminton and table tennis being very popular. Getting more active has also been a favourite option with group fitness sessions and exercise classes taking place.
Some examples of new sport and physical activity projects are listed below
- Coleg Gwent – Care Students – Gym Sessions
- The College Merthyr Tydfil – Hairdressing Students – Zumba
- Cardiff and the Vale College – Catering Students – Martial Arts
- Bridgend College – Animal Care Students – Rock Climbing
- Grwp Llandrillo Menai, Coleg Llandrillo – Tourism Students – Snowboarding sessions