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Nick Pritchard

Sport Lecturer

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What do you teach at Coleg y Cymoedd?

I am, in my 5th year of teaching and my 4th at the college. I currently teach across the following programmes: Travel & Tourism, Sport and Welsh Baccalaureate.

What is your greatest achievement during your time with us?

Completing my QTS programme which entitles me to teach from 11-18 years of age.

Tell us about your career and experience in Industry

I studied leisure and tourism in college, followed by completing a HND followed by a BA (Hons) in Leisure and Tourism management at the University of Glamorgan (now university of South Wales). 

Following this had a job working in leisure and Sport department at Monmouthshire County Council working in a team managing parks, open spaces and working from time to time on sport development programmes and leisure and events projects.

I had a secondment during this time to cover maternity in the role of dragon sport coordinator role, looking after sport in after school and community club settings for 7-11 year olds.

Following this I moved to Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council to take up the post of 5 x 60 officer, running a programme of sports and activity for 11-16 year olds in around the school day. I also worked with the PE department closely, assisting with delivery of programmes and large scale activities such as sports day and overseas ski trips.

I was offered the opportunity to train as a teacher in this school which I undertook. This allowed me to develop teaching skills across the PE department and geography department delivering travel and tourism courses.

Lisa Reynolds

Sport Lecturer

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What do you teach at Coleg y Cymoedd?

I teach Sport at Coleg y Cymoedd and have been teaching for 10 years.

What is your greatest achievement during your time with us?

My greatest achievement is helping learners achieve their goals, particularly my role as a second year course tutor supporting learners who are progressing onto a university course of their choice.

Tell us about your career and experience in Industry

I have always been an active sportsperson and continued this passion into my university course as I was always interested in a career in sport. My degree enabled me to complete a PGCE in Further Education specialising in sport. This allowed me to gain a teaching job within post 16 education.  I have also been able to complete a number of coaching and umpiring qualifications within a range of sports.

Tell us about your qualifications

I have a BSc Hons in Sports and Exercise Science which I achieved in 2001 from the University of Gloucestershire. I completed my PGCE in Further Education in 2004-2005 from Cardiff University.

Something interesting about you

I play netball for Cardiff Bay and this season my team has been promoted to the next division in the Cardiff District League.

Mark Jones

Sport Lecturer

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What do you teach at Coleg y Cymoedd?

I am a Coach on the first year of the Rugby League Academy and teach Level 1 BTEC Sport.

What is your greatest achievement during your time with us?

Establishing a Rugby League Academy at the College.

Tell us about your career and experience in Industry

I am a current Wales Students RL Assistant Coach/Team Manager.

I was previously a Wales Rugby League National Development Manager for 7 years (2008 – 2015) and Secondary PE Teacher for 8 years previous (2000 – 2008).

Tell us about your qualifications

My qualifications include:

PGCE Secondary Physical Education

BA Hons Sport & Human Movement Studies

RLEF Rugby League Coach Tutor

UKCC Level 2 Rugby League Coach

RFL Match Official

WRU Strength & Conditioning Level 1

Something interesting about you

I am a Competitive Surfer and a former Red Coat at Barry Island Butlins!

Mark Davies

Sport Lecturer

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What do you teach at Coleg y Cymoedd?

I have been teaching BTEC Level 1 to 3 Sport at Coleg y Cymoedd for 10 years and am a

Campus Coordinator for the School of Sport.

What is your greatest achievement during your time with us?

Seeing students continually improving and achieving.

Tell us about your career and experience in Industry

Having studied & played sport all my life I decided to develop this by going into teaching. Ten years later I’m still teaching and enjoying it.

Tell us about your qualifications

I have a PGCE Post 16 Education, a BA Hons Degree in Sport Studies and a BTEC Level 3 Sports Coaching Development.

Something interesting about you

I’m a Cardiff Blues season ticket holder and big fan!

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