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The Young Ambassador (YA) programme is a National scheme run in Primary and Secondary Schools across Ceredigion. There are Bronze YAs in the primary schools and Silver and Gold YAs in the secondary schools. Young people are selected due to their sporting talent, and more importantly, due to their exceptional commitment and ability as young leaders to inspire others. They promote healthy lifestyles, sport programmes and encourage others to be as active as possible
Two Ceredigion Gold YAs were recently offered the opportunity of a lifetime to attend a two week work placement with Torino FC. Jac Horwood and Lowri Walker, both sixth form pupils in Penglais school, travelled out to Turin, Italy and spent time observing academy coaching, how the club runs from day to day and visited football museums in Turin. They spent a morning in a local Primary school and spoke to pupils about school life in Wales. A highlight of their time in Turin included a tour of the Juventus FC stadium and watching a live ‘Serie A’ game, Torino FC vs Lazio. The experience was very worthwhile, as Lowri is a member of Aston Villa FC and has gained a football scholarship to America next year, seeing a professional club up close was a huge benefit. Jac is also pursuing a career in Sport, and is planning to study a sports degree in September and go onto to become a Physical Education teacher, so the coaching experience and time spent in the local school helped was an invaluable experience.
Lowri said: "It was an amazing experience which I would definitely do again. I learnt so much and met people from other cultures and backgrounds, which I now consider lifelong friends."
Jac said "I’m proud I completed the work placement and am happy that I’ve had the opportunity to try new things and challenge myself in a new environment. It was such a worthwhile trip and I’m grateful to Catrin Jones and Vi-ability for the opportunity as a Young Ambassador."
Catrin Jones, 5x60 Officer, "Both Lowri and Jac have been Young Ambassadors for two years now, and have helped run school sports clubs, 5x60 clubs, coached in Primary school sports festivals and helped mentor other young leaders and ambassadors. They are great role models for younger pupils and this work placement was a great example of what opportunities can come from working hard and showing commitment as a Young Ambassador."
Penglais School set up an Us Girls project this year, with the aim of encouraging more girls in school to take part in physical activity. The first step was to form an Us Girls panel, made up from girls in Years 8 - 13. They received a visit from Sky Sports athlete mentor, Tom Haffield to help inspire them to get organised and push the project forward. First thing, panel set out to survey all girls in school to find out what they want to do, with the aim of holding a launch week to promote the timetable of fitness classes in January 2016.
On learning the results of the survey, the panel set about finding the right instructors to run classes and booked facilities to hold the classes. Panel members formed sub-groups to divide responsibilities for the launch week, with Promotion, Publishing and Delivery the main areas of work to cover. They created and printed class timetables, spoke in House assemblies and form groups to promote the launch, designed and printed posters to highlight the event and delivered active competitions to give away Us Girls goodie bags to build excitement amongst girls in school.
The 4 classes organised for the Spring term were Girls rugby, Zumba, Disco Spin class and Girls only Bench ball. All classes ran a taster session during the launch week, and instructors wore Us Girls branded t-shirts to further promote the project. At the end of a very busy launch week, 112 girls had taken part in the classes and over 400 timetables were handed out.
The aim now is to sustain current classes and add more to the timetable as they year progresses, with Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball next on the list for the Summer term!
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Aberystwyth Basketball Club’s Head Coach Lee Coulson won the Arriva Trains Wales sponsored Transforming Lives award at the 2016 Disability Sport Wales awards held at the Vale hotel, Cardiff. Lee beat off stiff competition from fellow nominees John Wilson and Ieuan Coombes and won the award for his contribution to disability wheelchair basketball in Ceredigion.
For over 20 years the basketball coach from Aberystwyth has made a significant impact on disabled people’s lives through his dedication and hard work. Lee successfully set up the Wheelchair Basketball section of the Aberystwyth Basketball club where there are now three mixed senior teams and he has also helped introduce IZB sessions in schools in Ceredigion and is currently in the process of introducing Wheelchair Basketball to Aberystwyth University.
Lee is also coach to the Welsh under 15’s Wheelchair Basketball team and has set up the first ever Wales Under 15’s Wheelchair Basketball Regional Performance Centre which he runs himself alongside a team of volunteers. Lee advocates inclusion in sport and has made his sessions as inclusive as he possibly can to all disabilities and ages.
Sixteen year old Conrad Thackray, Wheelchair Basketball player said "Lee has made basketball my life; he has made me stronger, fitter and better. I don’t usually let people in but I let Lee transform my life through basketball. If it wasn’t for him I would not have even had the chance to get involved."
Lee Coulson proudly stated after being announced as winner for the Transforming lives award: "It is a huge honour to receive this award. It is great to get recognition for the sport and the work we have done in Ceredigion with Wheelchair basketball. My message is to get involved as all sport can be adapted to be made inclusive so anyone can give it a go and that is what I have aimed to do to this point."
Gemma Cutter, Disability Sport Wales development officer said "When I had the opportunity to nominate someone for this award, Lee’s name immediately sprung to mind, he is dedicated, and passionate about everybody regardless of their ability to participate in sport, and 20 years on he is continuing to transform people’s lives"
Please listen to Lee Coulson's full interview here
And watch his finalist film here
For more information please contact Gemma Cutter on 01970 633659 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The last week of term was an exciting one in Ysgol Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron with a visit from former Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer, Tom Haffield.
Tom was visiting the school as part of the ‘Sky Sports: Living for Sport’ initiative, to work with our project group as well as pupils who were lucky enough to be given a coaching session in the swimming pool.
Tom first worked with the project group where he introduced himself and said a little about how he became a professional swimmer as well as getting to know the pupils themselves through some fun games. The pupils were then presented with their t-shirts for the project, which is to work on improving the pupils’ communication and social skills as well as building their confidence through sport.
The next session was with a keen group of swimmers, most of whom are members of local swimming clubs. Tom coached a 1½ hour session for the group in Aberaeron swimming pool; learning about correct techniques as well as how to improve their swim strokes. The pupils were then given the opportunity to ask Tom some questions about his career and any advice he had for them.
Nia Jones, the schools’ AYP officer, had this to say: "Having Tom here today was brilliant, the pupils really enjoyed both sessions and it was great to have Tom here to present the project group with their t-shirts. I have to say a huge thank you to Aberaeron swimming pool, who were brilliant at accommodating the session in between other classes. It was an inspiring day and one which the pupils gained a lot of confidence from. Tom will be back in a few months for another visit, which everyone is really excited about."
On Monday 18th January Tom Haffield, an athlete mentor from the ‘Sky Sports: Living for Sport’ initiative, visited the school to work with groups of pupils as part of the ‘Us-Girls’ project. Tom Haffield was a professional swimmer and competed at the Beijing Olympic Games as well as the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and Glasgow. The purpose of this years’ project is for those girls who have been selected to be part of the ‘Us-Girls’ panel to inspire others girls, who are less likely to take part in extra-curricular sport, to start taking part. The panel will aim to achieve this through providing taster sessions for different sports / activities in the hope that the girls find a sport / activity they like and wish to continue with.
Tom visited Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi to work with different groups of pupils and to share his story about how he competed in the Olympic and Commonwealth games. During the morning Tom first met with the ‘Us-Girls’ panel to discuss how they were hoping to encourage more girls to take part in sport. The first pupils to enjoy a session with Tom were a group of year 7 pupils who worked on team work and communication skills. Tom then met with group of 6th form pupils studying BTEC Sport to discuss his career as professional swimmer and what it took for him to be able to compete at the highest level in his sport.
Nia Jones, the schools’ 5x60 officer, had this to say: "It was a privilege to have Tom visit the school this morning and to share his experiences of swimming at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games with the pupils; it was inspiring for the pupils to hear about some of the hurdles he faced but how he never gave up. The pupils are already looking forward to welcoming Tom back to the school and for Tom to see how the ‘Us-Girls’ panel are getting along in their quest to get more girls, more active."
Past and present members of the Armed Forces are to be offered free swimming at swimming pools in Ceredigion.
Ceredigion County Council have agreed to offer the free swims to veterans and serving personnel on leave during public sessions at local swimming pool. The initiative is funded by the Welsh Government and supported by the Welsh Local Government Association.
Anyone who wants to take advantage of the scheme must be in possession of an MOD Defence Privilege Card, and the scheme will not apply to spouses/partners or family members.
Pools taking part in this initiative are in Cardigan, Lampeter, Llandysul, Tregaron, Aberaeron and Plascrug, Aberystwyth.
The Starlings Club, Aberystwyth are the latest club in Ceredigion who have achieved the prestigious insport accreditation by Disability Sport Wales.
Starlings is an exercise maintenance and social club for people who have been through the National Exercise Referral programme (Exercise on Prescription if you like) in the Aberystwyth area. They are the first group of its kind and the first to set up this ongoing support for people who have been through the programme to encourage ongoing exercise alongside organising social activities.
Helen Pearce said ‘We are proud to have achieved this award for our Club. We have a diverse membership group of ages and disabilities so it is extremely important for us to organise activities that everyone can take part in. Working though the award process helped us to put things into place to ensure this continues going forwards and we are already working on the next stage which is Bronze’.
As the club has such a diverse range of ages, disabilities and health problems it was paramount that everyone can take part in activity regardless of ability. Our ethos is total inclusion. When we heard about the Disability Sport Wales Club Accreditation Awards (insport) we started working towards the first stage of the scheme which is the ribbon award. The accreditation supports clubs to put into place the policies, procedures and communication links to ensure that we are inclusive, club members are supported and their welfare is safeguarded.
Gemma Cutter Disability Sport Wales Development Officer said ‘I am delighted to present The Starlings with the insport ribbon award. They are the first club of its kind in Wales and are passionate about making sure everyone regardless of ability can take part in physical activity’.
Well done to Cardigan, Aberaeron and Lampeter Secondary Schools for competing in the first Ceredigion Schools Inclusive Zone Basketball Competition (IZB) on the 9th December. This is the first tournament in Ceredigion and the first of its kind in Wales. Inclusive Zone Basketball (IZB) is an adapted version of traditional Wheelchair Basketball. It is an excellent way of including disabled and non-disabled players on one pitch demonstrating the perfect example of the true meaning of inclusion.
If you would like more information please contact Ceredigion Actif.
Girls Football received a boost in Ceredigion recently with over 400 Ceredigion girls taking part in FIFA sponsored ‘Live Your Goals’ festivals.Read more ...
To receive a call at lunch time of a football session in Lampeter one afternoon, advising me that I had won the Community Coach of the year for the FAW Community awards definitely brightened up my day.Read more ...
Congratulations to Lleucu Ifans, Llanybydder Hockey Club who has won Ambassador of the Year 2015 award by Hockey Wales.
This award was achieved for all the hard work that she does supporting the growth of Hockey in Ceredigion. Lleucu volunteers with her club in Llanybydder, Hockey Wales, at her School and with the Urdd.
You deserve this award Lleucu - Congratulations!
Can I make my feeling and express my gratitude for the support I have had received whilst attending the Ceredigion Actif programme.Read more ...
On Friday night 18th September Lampeter Leisure Centre held its first ‘Cerddedigion’ event. A walking challenge of 23 miles which started from Lampeter Leisure Centre, through Cwmann, Cellan, Llanfair Clydogau and Llanddewi Brefi before arriving at Tregaron Leisure Centre.Read more ...
A new activity has been set up in Tregaron.Read more ...
Did you know there is a Ski club based at Llangrannog who deliver a fantastic skiing opportunity once a month for Disabled young people and their siblings?
The next session will be on Sunday the 27th of September, 1.30 – 3pm at the discounted price of £5 a skier.
For more information and to confirm that you are coming please contact Alex Elsaesser on 01239 811140 / 07817077075 or email@example.com
All 200 pupils at Llwyn Yr Eos School in Aberystwyth had a busy week thanks to their keen Bronze Young Ambassadors.Read more ...
Former Wales and British Lions rugby international Robert Jones praised some of Ceredigion’s most talented and promising sportspersons at the county’s prestigious international sports awards ceremony at Cardigan Castle last Friday where the event honoured 21 new Welsh internationals from 11 different sports. Talented athletes, top coaches and volunteers were also awarded. For full report please read this week’s Cambrian News.Read more ...
Following the success of recent Cyclocross races in Aberystwyth the West Wales Cycle and Racing team have decided to deliver Go-Ride sessions at Blaendolau playing fields, Aberystwyth every Friday starting this Friday 10th July until the end of August.
The cycling sessions are open to all ages and abilities and with plenty of room to do a mix of skills, training and races.
Whether you child has just started to ride a bike or keen to learn more skills and increase fitness the club welcomes everybody to come along and have FUN!
Bronze Young Ambassadors from Cardigan and Llandysul schools were presented their accredited Sport Leaders Uk Certificates by Olympic triple Jumper, Vernon Samuels on Tuesday 29th June. Bronze Young Ambassadors have been trained to run lunchtime clubs in their schools and have been busy throughout the year promoting physical activity and getting more children involved in Sport.
Vernon Samuels attended as he is an Athlete Mentor for the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme which is linked this year to the Young Ambassador programme
The Welsh team successfully won medals and awards at the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships. Over 240 of the country’s finest young disabled athletes took part in this weekend’s event in Coventry (27 and 28 June).Read more ...
This year, schools from all over Ceredigion entered the '4689' Hockey Festivals. These festivals provided an opportunity for children to try out hockey skills and play small sided games. Once the initial cluster festivals were completed, teams from each cluster were invited to attend a final, which was held in Lampeter on Wednesday 20th May, 2015.Read more ...
A group of adults from the Aberystwyth area were televised on Heno S4C 7pm Wednesday 17th June. The programme (which is still available to view on S4C Clic) highlighted a new activity which is happening in Aberystwyth that enables adults of all ages and abilities to take part in Walking Basketball. This new concept of Basketball opens up doors for people who used to take part in competitive sport, who may have re-engaged in physical activity or want to start again!
Walking basketball was set up by the Starlings which is a club for adults in the Aberystwyth area who have been through the GP referral exercise programme. The club organises activities and events to support people who have taken part in a 16 week programme of the National Exercise Referral scheme to maintain their activity levels.
If you want to come along to any of the activities that the Starling’s club offer you will need to go through the National Exercise Referral Scheme first. Please visit this link for more information and contact details.
Inclusive Zone Basketball is now being delivered after school at Cardigan Leisure Centre and at Aberaeron Comprehensive.
Inclusive Zone Basketball is a 4 a-side game, develop to enable players who cannot participate in a full game of basketball to enjoy playing the game. The small-sided teams and adapted playing area enable girls and boys, both disabled* and non-disabled, to participate in a fun game of basketball. You can take part in or out of a sports chair; IBZ is designed to be truly inclusive. Cardigan Secondary School has recently taken part in a competition in Cardiff.Read more ...
All Ceredigion County Council Leisure Centres now have Facebook and Twitter sites which will keep you up to date with all the latest information at the centre in your area. To find out more or to follow please take a look at the Leisure Centres pages.