October 31, 2012
The University of Glamorgan has been nominated as a finalist in Sporting Partner of the Year category for the upcoming Sport Wales Coach of the Year Awards, an event that has become a highlight of the sporting calendar for those working ‘behind the scenes’ in Welsh sport.
Glamorgan Football Coaching and Performace student Josh Morris,18, has also found himself on the shortlist for an award in the Young Volunteer of the Year category.
Rob Griffiths, Senior Lecturer and Award Leader for BA Sports Development said, “We are all absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award, it is so pleasing to have received external recognition for the work that we have all been doing in the local community.”
“We have been working with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council for nearly a decade now and what started out with a handful of students running a single Dragon Sport club has now grown to over 200 students completing placements within relevant community settings. Last year, the students contributed over 2000 voluntary hours and established more than 30 new junior sport clubs.
“Student and graduate employability is at the heart of all of our sport courses at Glamorgan. Many of the lecturers are previous practitioners with governing bodies, Sport Wales and local authorities and, as such, really understand the importance of providing students with relevant work-based learning experiences.
“We have more than a dozen graduates working in 5×60 and sports development positions within the authority.
As well as studying for his course and working weekends to fund university, Football Coaching student Josh still finds time to be heavily involved in the development and growth of football in Mid and North Powys.
A volunteer coach at Newtown Whitestars Junior FC, he coaches across the age-groups and is a member of the local coach mentoring group. He also recently completed his 200 hour Millennium Volunteering certificate.
Also an up-and-coming referee, he is a member of the young referee mentoring group and officiates at a variety of games in the Mid and North Powys area.
“I really enjoy it. It’s seeing the young children learn and progress that’s the main thing for me,” adds Josh, from Newtown.
“It’s also cemented my own personal development because I love it so much. I would say to anyone thinking of volunteering or coaching to give it a try – it’s so worthwhile. Just get involved and see what happens.”