CAVC to hold Rugby Talent Evening

5 February 2015

Cardiff and Vale College to hold Rugby Talent Evening at Cardiff Arms Park

As Six Nations fever hits Wales, the next generation of rugby players have a unique opportunity to discover how the Cardiff and Vale College Rugby Academy, in partnership with Cardiff Blues, can nurture and develop their sporting talent alongside achieving a quality education.

The CAVC Rugby Academy Talent Evening will take place on Friday 13th February from 6pm at Cardiff Arms Park and will provide the opportunity for young people to learn more about the Academy and how it mirrors a professional sporting environment, whilst also finding out more about the range of courses on offer, from A Levels and apprenticeships to career focused courses in a variety of subjects.

 Offering sector-leading training and playing facilities at Cardiff Arms Park, as well as a newly-designed and state-of-the art gym at the College’s £45m new city centre campus -  which will open to students in September - the CAVC Rugby Academy focuses on a broad, holistic approach to learning development.

Learners are supported and monitored to not only ensure they are given the best opportunity to succeed in the game but that they are also arming themselves with a quality education. It aims to embed values as well as education and sporting prowess, making for fully-rounded individuals – where learning always comes first.

CAVC Director of Rugby Martyn Fowler said: “It’s an exciting time to join CAVC Rugby Academy. Great emphasis is placed on the development of the Academy’s own set of values and culture – ‘making better people’ and embedding values that set the young men on the right pathway for life. In 2009 the IRB's member Unions identified ‘Integrity, Passion, Solidarity, Discipline and Respect’ as the defining characteristics of rugby.

“We adopt a mentoring approach to each and every player in the Academy, offering an individual interest in every member’s academic, vocational and rugby development.”

The CAVC Rugby Academy’s approach is already bearing fruit. In the ten months that it has been running the feedback from opposition, opposition coaches, ground staff and parents has been overwhelmingly positive, and with two of the current players having represented the Welsh Academicals and one being picked for the Cardiff Blues U18s squad.

Cardiff Blues Facilities Manager Matthew Jones added: “There are not many fully professional teams that treat the famous Cardiff Arms Park facilities with the respect shown by the young men at Cardiff and Vale College. They clean their own changing rooms after use, not content in leaving their mess to be picked up by others; they are polite and courteous and are a credit to the hard work they and Martyn are getting through on a daily basis.”

The Cardiff and Vale College Rugby Academy Talent Evening will take place at Cardiff Arms Park on February 13th from 6pm to find out more and to register place please visit