Sixth-form students get a taste of sporting careers at USW

Cardiff Blues players at sport taster day

(l-r) Cardiff Blues players Jamie Hill and Alun Lawrence - who are both USW students - Macaulay Cook and Kristian Dacey visited the schools sport taster day. 

More than 120 prospective students visited the University of South Wales this week to learn about potential careers in sport.

Sixth form students from Aberdare Community School, Ysgol Garth Olwg, Coleg Gwent and Yeovil College came to the University’s state-of-the-art Sport Park to hear from staff and graduates as part of a taster day.

As well as learning about careers in football, rugby and sport psychology, the students took part in practical workshops using the newly-developed facilities at the Sport Park, including its Strength & Conditioning gym and the new all-weather pitch.

The group were even treated to a visit from Cardiff Blues players Jamie Hill, Alun Lawrence, Macauley Cook and Kristian Dacey, who presented a signed shirt and match tickets to the highest-performing pupils. Jamie and Alun are both USW students who are members of the Cardiff Blues Academy.

Huw Wilcox, USW Sport Employability Officer, said: “The event was a major success, with the students gaining an insight into Higher Education at USW Sport.

“We had three engaging workshops and three practical sessions during the day in which all students ‘had a go’. The interaction from the schools and colleges was excellent.

“The Blues players joining in with the practicals and presenting the awards topped off a great experience for the students at USW Sport.”

Andy Price, Director of Learning Sport & Well-being at Aberdare Community School, added: “Our sport and rugby academy students found the talks on university life very informative – especially the specific talks on sport psychology and performance in women’s football, which were very interesting.

“The practical sessions highlighted the great facilities at the University, and the interaction with Cardiff Blues players was quite a motivation for the students.”