Welsh Government funding supports FE to promote physical, mental, emotional wellbeing through increased access to creative, sporting and cultural activities

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ColegauCymru is delighted to share details of a project funded by Welsh Government to support further education settings to promote physical, mental, emotional wellbeing through increased access to creative, sporting and cultural activities. 

The funding forms part of the Renew and Reform plan which was announced in Autumn 2021 and is designed to support young people who have been adversely affected as a direct result of the Covid19 pandemic.  

ColegauCymru Sport Project Manager Rob Baynham said,

“The funding received from Welsh Government has been warmly welcomed by the FE sector. ColegauCymru commissioned research from June 2021 confirms the detrimental effect of the Pandemic on our young people and the importance of active wellbeing in supporting recovery.”  

Mr Baynham added,

“We’re committed to ensuring health and active wellbeing is sufficiently funded and remains at the forefront of every college agenda. This will ensure that FE colleges continue to be happy, healthy places in which to study and work.”  

The project will fund activities at a local level including upskilling of sports learners as community coaches and providing activity experiences for less active learners and those groups most affected by the Pandemic. The project will culminate with an event where colleges will come together to try new activities and share experiences from the project. 

Winter of Wellbeing - Outdoor Challenge 2022 
29 - 30 March 2022 

We’ll be joining forces with our partners The Outdoor Partnership and Sport Wales for this event which is designed to support less active college learners to engage in physical activities such as water sports, archery and indoor climbing which in turn will help promote physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.  

The event will be held at the Rock UK Summit centre in Trelewis. This facility provides a great location which is central to the FE colleges involved in an area where activity levels dropped significantly during the Pandemic. 

FE Multisport - Pembrey 2022 
11 May 2022 

Returning for a second time, FE Multisport – Pembrey 2022 will take place in Pembrey Country Park and will include both a non-competitive and competitive duathlon events. This inclusive event will welcome individual and team entries involving both learners and staff from FE colleges. 

The event will be supported by learners from Coleg Sir Gar who will be trained by Welsh Triathlon as “GoTri Activators” funded by the Winter of Wellbeing project. These learners will act as marshals, timekeepers assisting with all aspects of event management on the day. 

2022 Snowdonia Challenge 
18 - 19 May 2022 

This two-day multisport event will include a host of activities including kayaking, orienteering, stand up paddleboarding, indoor climbing and mountain biking, and will be supported by The Outdoor Partnership and Coleg Menai Outdoor Department. 

This event will take a regional approach focussing on learners from colleges in North Wales aiming to re-engage young people in outdoor activity while creating leadership opportunities in the process. Grwp Llandrillo Menai learners will support the event as part of their study towards careers in the outdoor industry. 

Further Information 
We’re grateful to all our partners for their ongoing support for these events: Sport Wales, The Outdoor Partnership, AoC Sport, Welsh Triathlon, Welsh Cycling, Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthenshire County Council.

ColegauCymru Covid19 Pandemic Research June 2021
Wellbeing insight, FE sports learners and the recovery from Covid19 - supporting the future of Welsh Sport 
The value to learners of Active Wellbeing in FEI in Wales 

Contact Us 
Further information on individual events will be shared with colleges over the coming weeks. In the meantime, please direct queries to our colleagues Rob and Nia.  
Rob Baynham, ColegauCymru Project Manager for Sport Rob.Baynham@colegaucymru.ac.uk  
Nia Brodrick, ColegauCymru Project Officer Nia.Brodrick@colegaucymru.ac.uk   

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