Cardiff and Vale College to offer new Sports degree at CCFC’s House of Sport
Cardiff and Vale College is set to offer a new Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Performance from September.
Students enrolled on the course will be based at the House of Sport, the state-of-the-art facility based at Cardiff City Football Club. The House of Sport development is an initiative where CAVC and CCFC are working together to improve sports education and community facilities.
The course is aimed at people who want to gain a further understanding of sports coaching and performance and want to pursue a career in the burgeoning Sports and Leisure industry. It will provide more progression opportunities for Level 3 students, who might not have considered going into Higher Education.
It will also help build a lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympics and the course will be in place for 2014 – the year that Cardiff has been named as European Capital of Sport. One of CAVC’s key strategic aims is to offer more local Higher Education opportunities so that people do not have the upheaval of moving away to university and can study more flexibly.
Employment in the Welsh sport and leisure industry continues to grow year and year, and this course will help ensure that employers’ needs for a skilled workforce are met. Once students on the course, which will be run in partnership with the University of South Wales, have graduated they can then chose to study for a further year at university to top up to a full honours degree or progress into employment.
CAVC Sport Lecturer Wes Sleat said: “The new Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Performance offers our Level 3 students, some of whom possibly haven’t considered HE before, an excellent progression route into higher level study, while also providing the wider community with increased local access to Higher Education, both key strategic aims of the College.
“The Foundation Degree very much engages with the Welsh Government’s sport and physical activity agenda and with Sport Coach UK’s aim of developing a world leading UK coaching system, to create a lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympics. This will provide employment opportunities for coaches within the Sport and Leisure industry and help to continue sporting success and produce the stars of the future.”
Karl New, Head of the University of South Wales’ Health, Sport and Science Faculty’s Sport Health and Exercise Science Division added: “This course offers the college the opportunity to create a coaching workforce well equipped to work with schools and local sports organisations to deliver on the Governments’ ambitious targets of providing increased outlets for sports participation post – London 2012.
“The employer links embedded within this programme are at the heart of our employment focussed curriculum developed with this in mind. The University is delighted to continue to grow our association with partner colleges and offer seamless transitions into further study with us across our portfolio of sports performance courses.”