Cardiff and Vale College sport academies have recovered from the restrictions imposed on sport during the pandemic to celebrate their best season yet in 2021-22.
Academies have seen more students than players get involved than ever before, taking home a record amount of silverware from regional and national competitions. The number of players receiving regional and national honors has also skyrocketed.
That season, Basketball Academy won the Association of Colleges Welsh Basketball Championships after competing for the first time and represented Wales Colleges Basketball at the AoC National Championships at Nottingham University. Captain Josh Brown represented Basketball Wales U18 and was also named captain of Wales Colleges at the AoC National Championships.
Cricket Academy saw nine of their players receive caps for representing Wales. Their final games are on Tuesday 28th against Wellington Schoolth and Wednesday 29th June where they will play a 50-overs match and a 20-20 match on consecutive days.
The Football Academy were winners of the English Colleges Football Association CAT2 league and students from our ILS department won the Welsh Colleges Ability Counts Football Tournament and represented Wales Colleges at the AoC National Championships.
In women’s rugby, the academy saw their first representative from Wales National Seniors, Gabby Healan. Gabby was also one of four players to represent Wales at Under-18 level.
Rachel Thomas-Evans represented Wales in touch rugby and 11 players represented Cardiff in the regional Under-18 team. Rugby Academy player Millie Purchase-Smith also represented Wales in water polo.
And in men’s rugby, six players made up the Wales U18 squad and two players at U20 level. William Hawker also represented Wales at Welsh Athletics U20. A significant number of the college’s rugby players also represented their region.
Finally, at the climax of a hotly contested televised match at Principality Stadium, Rugby Academy lifted the WRU Schools and Colleges League trophy and declared them the best college team in Wales.
Kay Martin, Director of the CAVC Group, said: “After two extremely difficult and challenging years in which sporting events have been severely curtailed, the CAVC Sport Academies has certainly struggled.
“Our academies encourage and develop sporting excellence while supporting the educational needs of players and the results this year have been outstanding. We are all very proud of them all and of the professionals and coaches who work so hard behind the scenes to support this sporting success.”
The CAVC Sport Academies are made up of students from across the college who take a range of professional and academic courses. They offer a supportive and specialized environment that combines world-class coaching and sports facilities with the college’s broad portfolio of courses. While studying in college, players can advance their athletic careers and also prepare for a future outside of sports.
Are you interested in joining a CAVC Sport Academy? You can register your interest for the pre-season now – visit https://cavc.ac.uk/en/sportsacademies for more information.
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