Coleg y Cymoedd and Gwalia United start a new BTEC programme for girls aged 16-18 who love football

A new partnership between Coleg y Cymoedd and Gwalia United, one of the top women’s football clubs in Wales, was recently revealed. Starting from September 2024, girls aged between 16-18 who play football can enrol in the college’s Female Football Academy, where they will study BTEC Level Three Diploma in Sport alongside a full-time football training programme. They will have a chance to play in a competitive league and join a home-stay programme for learners. Learners will improve their skills, fitness, and tactics as a player and learn how to manage their training and academic work, to get ready for a professional career in football. The programme is run by former Welsh internationals, and Coleg y Cymoedd Sport Lecturers Kathryn Morgan and Claire O’Sullivan, who are passionate about developing female footballers. They have more than 50 years of coaching experience at various levels, including elite academies and national teams. Kathryn Morgan said: “We are thrilled to work with Gwalia United, a club that has the same vision and values as us for supporting women’s football.

“We have both played and coached at the highest level, and we know what it takes to excel in this sport.

“Our programme will help the learners to enhance their skills, fitness, and tactics, as well as getting them ready for the academic and professional challenges ahead.” Claire O’Sullivan added: “This is a unique opportunity for young women who want to follow their football dreams and get a good education at the same time.

“We will work closely with Gwalia United to ensure that the learners have a positive and rewarding experience, both on and off the field.

“We will also support them to balance their training and studies, and to develop essential life skills such as time management, teamwork, and leadership.” Those interested in joining this unique and exciting programme can apply online at: https://www.cymoedd.ac.uk/?s=sport

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