Learners from Coleg y Cymoedd were invited to play an important part in celebrating the opening of the new multi-million pound Caerphilly Elite Academy Facilities adjacent to the Ystrad Mynach campus of the college.
The brand new facilities were recently officially opened with a day of sporting activities and learners were invited to show off their professional skills in coaching and refereeing a number of sessions for younger children from a range of different sports clubs.
The new £7 million Elite Sports Centre was officially opened in Ystrad Mynach on the site of the old hospital building, which is a stone’s throw away from the colleges Ystrad Mynach campus. A number of football and rugby matches tournaments took part throughout the day with Coleg y Cymoedd learners being actively involved in both sports.
The Caerphilly County Borough Centre for Sporting Excellence was officially opened by Wales coach Warren Gatland and Welsh Government Sports Minister John Griffiths AM, and the Coleg y Cymoedd learners participation was a vital part of the sporting activities that took place throughout the day.
Head of Sport Neil Smothers said: "It is fantastic that our learners were invited to play such an important part in the opening of this new facility. It is a great experience for them that they all thoroughly enjoyed. Our learners are very talented and it was great to have the opportunity for them to showcase what they can do”.
The invitation is testament to the strong relationship between the college and Caerphilly Country Borough Sports development, strengthened by previous student Tom Axenderrie who completed his Level 3 Sports qualifications with Coleg y Cymoedd last summer and went on to immediately secure employment with CCBC Sports Development.
Photo: Year 1 BTEC Level 3 Diploma Students (Left/right): Alex Jame, Evan Summer, Lewis Bressington.