Further Education Colleges in Wales are embracing the challenge of making Wales a more active nation, improving the health and wellbeing of learners and local communities.
Specialist college academies provide great opportunities for young people in traditional sports like rugby, netball and football. The facilities are often the steppingstone for future international honours. 14 of the current Wales rugby world cup squad in Japan were educated in FE colleges, developing their skills in the WRU Colleges league (Rygbi Pawb) and similar competitions.
During the last five years colleges have also embraced the challenge facing many young people to become more active, and to help improve their health and wellbeing. Providing a richer learning experience and tackling health inequalities now takes place hand in hand with the development of new skills.
Half of all 16-19 year olds in Wales now attend an FE college. This September across the thirteen colleges, 45,000 young people began a new chapter in their education journey, meeting new friends and studying towards future employment in a wide range of professions. They now have the opportunity to participate in a range of physical activities and sporting opportunities.
Iestyn Davies, Chief Executive Officer said, "Wales' FE colleges are a national network of community hubs providing learning and skills. Colleges have embraced the need to get young people active and develop new leadership skills. They are supporting this through development of new community sport facilities and state of the art training and coaching centres.