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The College Ystrad Mynach students tackle coaching scheme in USA

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STUDENTS at The College Ystrad Mynach now have the opportunity to develop their budding soccer coaching skills across the pond in the USA.

The coaching scheme – called Challenger Sports – allows students to travel to different areas of America to build on their coaching skills in a variety of soccer camps.

The scheme was introduced to the college by Sport Co-ordinator, Neil Smothers, who coached soccer in the States himself, as a student at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Students will travel to a variety of States across the US, including California, Chicago, Atlanta, Colorado and North Carolina.

Neil said:

“The scheme gives the students an opportunity to boost their coaching skills in a different soccer culture, where the game is played completely differently.

“It will also help them build on their independence and confidence skills, when meeting new people and developing their portfolio of contacts.”

Daniel Morgan, a student taking part in the scheme, added:

“I’ve been playing soccer since I can remember and I find coaching youngsters so rewarding.

“It’s so exciting when you see young people working hard and improving, as I know how important sport is to young people, and I love putting the work in to help them get better.

“I’m excited and a little bit scared to go, as I’ve never been away from home for more than a week and I’m going to be spending the whole summer in Denver – but I’m sure it will be a fantastic experience.”

Bryn Davies, Principal of The College Ystrad Mynach, said:

“It’s fantastic that our students now have the opportunity to develop their skill-set by travelling to a different country and experiencing a different culture of sport.

“We pride ourselves on giving our students the best opportunities to progress with their studies and their lives, and this scheme will certainly be of benefit to those taking part.”

Posted by Marketing at 14:08

Hengoed girl sets sail for US Navy

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A past learner from The College Ystrad Mynach has been accepted into the US Navy Nuclear Power Propulsion Programme within 2 years of completing her AS Levels!

Stephanie Greig from Hengoed enrolled on AS Levels in Law, English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry at The College after completing her GCSEs at Lewis Girls School.  A great profile of grades in these subjects were enough to gain Stephanie admission to the US Navy.  In her assessment for the Navy Stephanie achieved a spectacular 90% for her to be accepted for the Nuclear Power Programme.

After being accepted Stephanie spent 8 weeks at the Great Lakes US Navy training facility in Illinois before transferring to Charleston to undertake 18 months of training in Nuclear power.  Out of the class of 600, Stephanie graduated 100th in her class as a Petty Officer this June and will now put her extensive training into practice learning and operating on a live nuclear reactor in either New York or South Carolina.  The next step will see Stephanie joining a nuclear aircraft carrier in the pacific, as one of only a few women, that will ensure the Nuclear Propulsion Systems aboard are kept running and safe. 

Alison Roberts, Head of School for General Education said of Stephanie; ‘Steph is a conscientious, likeable young woman.  At the time we thought she was mad to choose not to complete her A Levels but to leave at the end of AS year so that she could join the US Navy.  It was certainly an unusual decision for one of our learners, although we never had any doubt that Stephanie would achieve anything she set her mind to.  How wonderful to see her recent success and we wish her many more in the future’.

Posted by Marketing at 10:18
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