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24 September 2013

CAVC triple signing - three Cardiff City Football Club players enrol for English tuition

Cardiff City Football Club and international players Gary Medel of Chile, Uruguayan Maxi Amondarain and Kévin Théophile-Catherine of France have signed up to Cardiff and Vale College for English tuition.

The three players follow in the footsteps of Kim Bo-Kyung, who already attends a course to improve his English skills at Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC). Kim has made excellent progress.

The Cardiff City trio held a special question and answer session for students at CAVC’s City Road site. Gary Medel said he found the people in Cardiff very friendly but he missed the Spanish weather. Both Medel and Maxi Amondarain showed off their tattoos, while former French Under-21 right back Kévin Théophile-Catherinesaid he did not have any.

Special tuition for players is just one initiative of many between CAVC and Cardiff City which will strengthen their sporting and education ties. The College has sponsored the club for the last six years and works with the Club and other organisations to develop the Futsal and Education Scholarship, and the House of Sport One and Two, where some of the College’s sport students train and learn.

In the 2013-14 season CAVC will continue to partner the Cardiff City FC team via a ‘stadium takeover’ where the stadium LED system, middle ribbon and jumbotron, designed by ADI TV, will feature the College for two minutes per match in 30 second sections.

This deal will enhance the College’s profile and raise awareness of CAVC’s initiatives, such as English courses for international students and services to employers, among the Premier League’s estimated 4.6bn worldwide audience. Cardiff and Vale College already recruits students from across Europe, South America the Far East and beyond onto courses such as IELTS and Cambridge English.

From this month, the College offers a new Foundation Degree in Sport Coaching and Performance at the House of Sport in partnership with the University of South Wales. In addition, CAVC works in partnership with the club to support its successful work based learning for players and will now help develop an expanding portfolio of education programmes. 

Following discussions with Cardiff City’s Education Manager, Media Department and Malaysian owners, South Korean International Kim Bo-Kyung enrolled at the College earlier in 2013. This latest triple signing is part of a wider programme where CAVC will offer English language teaching to Cardiff City’s international players.

Two of the three signings for CAVC are Kévin Théophile-Catherine, a former Rennes FC defender and France U21 international, who linked up with Cardiff in August 2013 on a four year deal and made his debut in the 1-1 away draw at Hull City and Maxi Amondarain, the Uruguayan U20 international who signed with CCFC from Uruguayan side Progreso, who was a part of the Uruguayan U20 side that lost on penalties in the Final of the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup.

Gary Medel is the third signing and an instant fan-favourite at Cardiff City Stadium. Gary became Cardiff City’s record signing on joining from Spanish La Liga side Seville. A Chilean international with over 50 caps to his name, the tenacious midfielder known as ‘El Pitbull’ featured at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and is expected to play an integral part for Chile in the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Cardiff City’s Education Manager Stephen Ellis said: “Cardiff and Vale College is a key and trusted partner of Cardiff City Football Club. Having worked together on a number of initiatives, we were very pleased to be able to enrol our new Barclays Premier League squad members with them for English lessons this September. Kim Bo-Kyung has studied English at Cardiff and Vale College this past year with notable and excellent progression. I’ve no doubt his new team-mates will flourish in the same exceptional environment, improving their general confidence and linguistic ability on and off the field.”

Cardiff and Vale College Vice Principal for Curriculum Kay Martin added: “The College welcomes the three new recruits from our partners Cardiff City FC especially the colourfully named El Pitbull, who will add some bite to our English programmes. Seriously though, this partnership raises the profile of the College internationally and CCFC benefits through the players having intensive English language tuition to improve their communication both on and off the pitch. Cardiff City FC are a Premier League club and we deliver premier league education and training.”

The College is still enrolling on English courses for international students and has spaces on Pathways to Apprenticeships in Sport as well as other full-time and part-time courses.