(l-r) Head of Tourism, Sport, Hospitality and Public Services James Young; Football Academy Director Jamie Sherwood; Rugby Hub Officer Gareth Wyatt and Rugby Director Martyn Fowler

New Head of Football and Rugby Hub Officer boost sport at Cardiff and Vale College

2 February 2016

New Head of Football and Rugby Hub Officer boost sport at Cardiff and Vale College

Cardiff and Vale College has appointed two new sports specialists to boost the College’s already high-achieving football and rugby academies.

Jamie Sherwood joins CAVC from the Welsh Football Trust and will take charge of the College’s football academy as the Head of Football. Bringing with him a wealth of experience in the game, Jamie has been involved in professional football since the age of 14, playing for clubs such as Everton FC and Torquay United FC.

At the age of 18 Jamie started his coaching career and has worked as Newport Men’s manager and led the Welsh University squad at the 2002 British University Games in Edinburgh. He developed a women’s football programme at Cardiff City FC and has worked to develop the women’s game in both the US and UK. Jamie is currently First Team Manager at Yeovil Town LFC.

Jamie said: “I am proud to be given this opportunity to develop the football programme at Cardiff and Vale College. It is such an exciting time to be involved with the sporting programme here at the College, and in particular the football academy.

“CAVC Sport has recently moved to its new home at the Cardiff International Sports Campus providing our players with an inspirational facility to train and play at, and offering a hub for them to access a programme of additional support services such as strength and conditioning, physiotherapy and nutritional advice.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have a career that has focused on developing both men’s and ladies football and I’m excited about adding a ladies programme to the academy over the coming months to further strengthen the CAVC Football Academy.  

CAVC is a Football Association Wales Focus College, recognised for maintaining the highest standards of football provision. Its Football Academy offers talented players aged 16-19 a comprehensive player development programme that develops players’ skills both on and off the pitch in an environment that mirrors the professional game.

Meanwhile, former player and coach Gareth Wyatt has become Rugby Hub Officer, tasked with further developing the College’s Rugby Academy.

Gareth signed his first professional contract at Pontypridd, and has played for Celtic Warriors, Newport-Gwent Dragons and the Barbarians. His international honours include Wales A and Full international caps at under-21 and experience three Commonwealth Games and two World Cups with the Wales 7’s team.

Coaching Pontypridd in the Principality Premiership Gareth has seen four league titles and three cup titles.

“I am looking forward to the challenge ahead,” Gareth said. “With the College Rugby Academy going from strength to strength under its Director Martyn Fowler I am looking forward to working with the current staff and helping to grow the game within the College and developing links with clubs and feeder schools.

“With the quality of facilities and resources available to the students I see no reason why the College can’t become the leading sporting college in the country and I look forward to playing a part in its development.”

CAVC Head of Tourism, Hospitality, Sport & Public Services James Young said: “These are really exciting times for Cardiff and Vale College’s Sports provision. We are making great strides forward and I am pleased to recruit two new members of the team with such pedigree.”

To find out more about the CAVC Football Academy visit http://cavc.ac.uk/en/16-18/sport-cavc/football-academy/ or to find out more about the College’s Rugby Academy visit http://cavc.ac.uk/en/16-18/sport-cavc/rugby-academy/