New University-College Partnership Strengthens Elite College Football in Wales
29 January 2015

New University-College Partnership Strengthens Elite College Football in Wales

A new partnership between Cardiff Metropolitan University and Welsh Colleges Football to strengthen elite college football will be on show this Friday, when the national football team takes on Australian schools.

The University is providing its facilities and a wide range of technical support for the Welsh Colleges Sport national football team, which is giving the players a more professional experience.

Marc Lloyd Williams, Welsh Colleges Sport’s Football Director, said: “The new partnership with Cardiff Met is providing the players and coaches with a training environment better than many professional football clubs. Players are receiving sport science and specialist coaching support from the staff at Cardiff Metropolitan University, including the latest in performance analysis and strength and conditioning techniques. The training environment provided by the university will certainly benefit players and Welsh Colleges Sport football, producing fitter, more technically skilled players.”

Dave Cobner, Director of Sport at Cardiff Metropolitan University said: “As a university we are very pleased to support football in the tertiary sector. The players gain a valuable insight into life on campus and get exposure to training and playing in a high performance environment. We wish the players and coaching team every success in their 2015 campaign."

Rob Baynham, Welsh Colleges Sport’s Coordinator, said: “The support form Cardiff Metropolitan University for our men’s football team has been a revelation. In preparation for the Australian schools game, players and staff have been able to experience a new level of professionalism through the coaching sessions provided by the university. This experience, along with the outstanding playing facilities provided by the university, is providing the players with renewed confidence."