Vale’s Coaches of the Future Chosen


Published 12 November 2014


15 sixth form pupils across the Vale of Glamorgan have recently been selected to be part of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Coaches of the Future scheme.


The initiative was launched at the Civic Offices in Barry with a special reception that included a visit from two British swimmers, Ieuan Lloyd and Tom Haffield, who spoke to the group about the positive impact that their swimming coaches have made so far in her career.


Ieuan and Tom were also joined at the launch by Liam Tanner, a sixth form pupil from Barry Comprehensive School who is one of the Vale of Glamorgan’s four Gold Sports Ambassadors.


Coaches of the Future PresentationVale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure Councillor Gwyn John, said: “This is an extremely exciting initiative which will provide an invaluable insight into sports coaching. Ieuan, Tom and Liam are three excellent examples of young people who inspire people through sport and it was fascinating to hear from Ieuan and Tom about how various coaches have helped them in different ways due to their differing styles and attributes.”


“The impact that a coach can have on a young person is huge, helping to shape them not only as sportsmen and women, but as people too. Everyone remembers a good sports coach and I am delighted that this programme will help to nurture the skills of the county’s next generation of sports coaches.”


The Coaches of the Future scheme is designed to give Young People the opportunity to get involved in sports leadership and coaching. The programme aims to provide a structured and meaningful introduction to coaching and volunteering in all physical activities by providing training and hands on experience of coaching in schools and the community.


The programme is part of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Sports and Play Development Team’s commitment to growing a skilled and passionate workforce.