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Welcome

The aim of the academy is to allow players to maximise their playing potential while offering a high standard of education and training to enable young people to fulfil their full potential.

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Rugby Academy

As a member of the academy, you will receive 12 hours per week of coaching and development.

This will include:

  • Skills training
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Video Analysis
  • Game preparation

The elite team plays in the National Colleges and Schools WRU league which is part of the WRU/Regional performance pathway. There are structured national league fixtures which are televised via S4C on Rygbi Pwb every week. Performances are videoed and coded for analysis on the WRU sportzone website.

The development team will play in the local school’s league and Welsh school’s cup.

After the 15s season is completed in March a full 7s programme of training and tournaments is followed.

Pembrokeshire College is the largest education provider in Pembrokeshire offering a range of technical and academic courses. Access to the Rugby academy is open to all college learners.

The Sports and Public services BTEC courses plus A-level programmes are timetabled around the training and fixture schedule. Learners in other areas are also eligible to participate with the approval of course tutors. The Sports department have a range of lecturers with expertise in key areas to enable you to progress with a career in sport.

The male teams are:

  • U18s Rygbi Sir Benfro Elite Team
  • U18s Coleg Sir Benfro Development Team

The female teams are:

  • Coleg Sir Benfro Female Rugby Team
  • Rugby 7s programme is followed culminating in attending Rosslyn Park 7s
We have a full coaching team with a vast range of experience and expertise to support your development in Rugby.
  • Head Coach Matthew Jess – Ex professional Rugby player Exeter Chiefs, Level 4 RFU Coaching Award, Level 2 S & C RFU award and Scarlets RAG Coach
  • Head Coach Adam Jones – Level 2 WRU Coach and BSC Sports Coaching
  • Coach Aled Waters – Level 3 WRU Coaching Award, BSc Sports Coaching, Welsh Exiles and Performance U15s Dewar shield
  • Coach Thomas Meredith – Level 2 WRU Coaching Award, BSc Rugby Coaching and Performance, International Sports Analyst and Head Coach U15s Dewar shield
  • Coach Adrian Bateman – Level 2 WRU Coaching Award, PGCE in PE and MSc Coaching Science
  • S & C Coach Jordan Frank – Level 2 WRU Coaching award, Level 4 Strength and Conditioning and FD in Rugby Coaching and Performance
  • Sports Physiotherapist Lewys Wilkes – BSc Sports Therapy and Member of Sport Therapy Society

Pembrokeshire College is one of three regional centres of development for the Scarlets Region. Our staff are heavily involved with supporting the Dewar shield programme and regional age grade rugby. These close links to the Scarlets enable players to be identified and supported to progress through the national elite pathway.

Local community links have ensured that a significant number of our players have maximised their playing potential and are now key players for local clubs and semi pro teams. Players are given opportunity to attain WRU.

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Aidan Bateman

Aidan is a past sports student who represented the college in the Rygbi Sir Benfro team and U18s Scarlets.

He has since gone onto study at Bath University playing in the Super Buccs league for the Bath First team and has completed an internship in Australia with the Waratahs as a sports analyst.

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Rob Evans

Rob was a past mechanical student who represented the college in rugby.

Through this he was selected for Welsh U18s and the Scarlets. He has since progressed onto become a professional rugby player representing Wales.

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Lleucu George

Lleucu attained top grades on the sports course where she represented and captained with Welsh Colleges at the National championships and playing for Wales.

Lleucu progressed onto Cardiff Met completing her degree and is now a professional rugby player under WRU Welsh contract.

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Dan Page

Dan is a successful A-level student who is progressing into university to study sports journalism.

He has been part of the Scarlets training programme and represented the Welsh Academicals.

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Marged Williams

Marged was a successful student on the sports course attaining Distinction grades and played for U18s Scarlets.

Marged is now studying at Cardiff University playing rugby for the University and Whitland Ladies

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Football Academy

The college football academy train twice a week with around 16 to 20 games per year on a Wednesday afternoon across south Wales, depending on league. The average week is made up of:
  • Monday – Technical and tactical training sessions. Including specific goalkeeper sessions (1hr 30mins)
  • Wednesday – Game Day fixtures played across south Wales
  • Friday – Technical and tactical training, video analysis, five a side, individual player reviews, strength & conditioning and physiotherapy treatment (1hr 30mins)

Pembrokeshire College is the largest education provider in Pembrokeshire offering a range of technical and academic courses. Access to the Football academy is open to all college learners.

The Sports and Public services BTEC courses plus A-level programmes are timetabled around the training and fixture schedule. Learners in other areas are also eligible to participate with the approval of course tutors. The Sports department have a range of lecturers with expertise in key areas to enable you to progress with a career in sport.

The male teams are:
  • 1st Team U19 Elite Squad – playing in the Association of Colleges (AOC) National Welsh Colleges League
  • 2nd Team U19 Development squad – playing in the AOC Category 3 National Welsh Colleges League
  • 3rd Team Participation squad – friendly fixtures south Wales
The female teams are:
  • Coleg Sir Benfro Female Football Team
  • Welsh Colleges 5 aside football competition is entered
We have a full coaching team with a vast range of experience and expertise to support your development.
  • Andrew Thomas – UEFA B Licence Football Coach, College Senior Lecturer within the sports department, Strength & Conditioning Coach and Academy Co-Ordinator
  • Steve Briers – UEFA A Licence Football Coach and FAW Coach Educator
  • Ben Fawcett – Football Coach working towards C licence qualification and Haverfordwest Welsh Premier Football player (representative honours at Welsh colleges U19 and Welsh Schools U18 level)
  • Bethan Sutton – Assistant Coach, UEFA C Licence, BSC Football Coaching, Development and Administration USW
  • Sam Lee – Assistant Coach, UEFA B Licence and community coach
  • Oli Howlin – Participation Coach, ex-student at Pembrokeshire College, BTEC Extended Diploma Sports Coaching & Development
  • Lewys Wilkes – Sports Physiotherapist, BSc Sports Therapy and Member of Sport Therapy Society

On the elite pathway a working partnership with Haverfordwest County Football Club (HCFC) ensures that players game time and recovery is closely monitored at development and Welsh premier level. The college also supports the HCFC programme with workshops and sports science expertise for future Pembrokeshire footballers.

The College Football Academy work closely with the football community in Pembrokeshire to support the development of players at all levels. In the community – learners are encouraged to play for their with local teams and through, developing them as coaches to support their local club.

Learners also support primary school’s festivals with referees.

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Lucas Davies

Lucas is on his second year of the BTEC Sports programme (Welsh Colleges U19 and Welsh Schools U18 capped player 2022-23 season).

This season he has achieved the distinction of being captain for the College 1st team and Haverfordwest County Development team. He is also a squad player for the Welsh Premier team.

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Harri John

Harri was the Welsh Colleges U19 capped player 2022-23 season. Harri is a current BTEC Level 3 sports student in his second year of the programme balancing his academic work with success with the College 1st team.

Within the community Harri is a player for Haverfordwest County Welsh Premier 1st team at the age of 16, a great achievement so early on in his career.

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Megan Thomas

Megan is a Level 3 Extended Diploma Uniformed Public Service student who plays football for Carmarthen Ladies FC and has earned a Welsh cap for Welsh Colleges football.

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Elite Programme

Learners who perform in individual and team sports and wish to access additional sports science expertise will be supported via the Sports Academy Elite Programme.

 

Learners will be encouraged to use our facilities and staff to improve their strength and conditioning. Whilst academic support, training and competition will be coordinated in consultation with their coach.

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Rhys Llewellyn

Rhys is a Level 3 Extended Diploma Sports student who competes as a cross country and track athlete.

He has Welsh honours and has represented Welsh Colleges at the National AOC championships. He intends to progress to university to continue his studies and athletic career.

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Dafydd Pawlet

Dafydd is a Level 3 Extended Diploma Sports student who competes as a shot putter.

He has British and Welsh honours and intends to progress to university to continue his studies and athletic career.