University launches new Centre for Health and Ageing and Sports Therapy Suites


Some of the new sports related facilities at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David were officially with a series of events on the Carmarthen campus on Wednesday, January 25th.

Participants in the pilot

During the afternoon, local people interested in finding out more about the facilities were invited to visit the campus to hear about the way the University’s School of Sport Health and Outdoor Education is opening its doors to the local community.  The facilities were then officially launched during an event that evening.

One of the ways the University is aiming to work more with communities in Carmarthenshire is by inviting older people to be a part of the recently established Centre for Health and Ageing.

The University has also refurbished its Sports Therapy Suites which are now open to any member of the public suffering from sports and exercise related musculoskeletal injuries.

Mr Gareth Williams

“This is a very exciting time for us at the University,” says Ceredig Emanuel, Head of the School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education.

“Not only are we in the process of validating a new range of courses ranging from Sport and Exercise Science to Public Health, but we are also increasing the amount of work that we’re doing with the local community. 

“Opening up our Sports Therapy clinics or giving people the chance to register their interest to be a part of the Centre for Health and Ageing will greatly benefit the health and well-being of the local population whilst also affording our students the opportunity to work with clients of all ages and fitness levels.

“I’m extremely proud of the way the School is developing its links with the community and look forward to opening our doors to the public to showcase our work and the facilities that are open to all.”

Physiologists, Dr Peter Herbert and David Gardner are behind the establishment of the Centre for Health and Ageing which is open to any member of the public over the age of 50 or any person of any age who has a mild chronic health condition that might benefit from regular exercise. Each participant will have their very own training programme developed specifically for them by a team of experts.

Over 100 individuals have already shown an interest in being part of the Centre’s work – around 60 of whom are getting ready to start their training programmes with the others on the Centre’s waiting list.

Dr Peter Herbert is a leading authority on fitness in the older generation.  His PhD looked at methods of training for older men, proving that shorter, harder training sessions followed by longer recovery periods can have positive results on their fitness levels. He also understands that a more moderate type of exercise can offer an alternative option to improve health and fitness.

“I wanted to develop my work with older people and this has led to my colleague, Dave Gardner MSc and I, establishing a Centre for Health and Ageing on the University’s campus in Carmarthen. Dave is a highly experienced sport scientist currently researching ageing, nutrition and exercise in women for his PhD,” says Dr Herbert.

“The Centre is open to the public and we hope to develop strong community engagement by bringing together groups who have similar health and exercise needs to socialise as well as to improve their well-being.  It will also be a research hub looking at how exercise can be used to enhance health and fitness in older people,” he adds.

A key and innovative aspect of the Centre is its aim to increase student engagement with the community. This will not only enhance the scope of the Centre but also allow students to gain valuable work experience.  After gaining additional YMCA awards in Exercise Referral and Personal Training, students on the current BSc Personal Training and the new BSc Sport and Exercise Science, will work with the public, in consultation with Peter and Dave, to assess participants’ health and fitness, managing bespoke exercise programmes for them.

All sessions at the University must be pre-booked and will cost £5. There will be small group or individual sessions lasting 1 hour and will always have a fully qualified personal trainer supervising to offer advice. 

“We hope that people across Carmarthenshire will use the facility and I look forward to working with a range of people of all fitness levels and abilities,” adds Dr Herbert.

Another facility open to the public will be the Sports Therapy clinic – a service run by students studying for the BSc Sports Therapy under the supervision of highly experienced lecturers and clinicians, Kate Evans and Daniel Martin.

The BSc Sports Therapy degree at UWTSD is the only Sports Therapy degree in Wales accredited by the Society of Sports Therapy and is designed to educate competent practitioners in all aspects of Sports Therapy. As part of their degree, students will undertake 200 hours of clinical practice at the recently refurbished clinic offering appointments to staff, students and members of the public.  These are free and are run on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Students are also encouraged to run their own private clinics and are able to use the facilities on site to start their practices.

Both Kate and Dan have many years’ experience between them, mainly working in professional rugby.

Kate Evans is a highly regarded Graduate Sports Therapist - assessing, diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating rugby related sports injuries.  Kate is currently working in professional rugby union and her areas of expertise include Sports Trauma Management, Screening and Injury Prevention, Sports Specific Rehabilitation and Contemporary Treatments in Sports Injury.

Dan Martin has worked in professional rugby union, rugby league, cricket and football as a Physiotherapist, being the Head of Medical Services at Widnes Vikings, Newport Gwent Dragons and Bristol Rugby over a 12 year period.  He has recently acted as a consultant therapist to Racing Club Narbonne in France and his area of expertise includes the Management of Pelvic and Spinal Conditions, Acute Injury Management, Sports Specific Rehabilitation and has devised many Innovative Treatments for Sports Injury.

Programme Director Kate Evans said: “We are very excited to see the expansion of our Sports Therapy facilities at UWTSD. Our new Sports Therapy teaching and clinic rooms offer a unique environment in which our students can learn and practice, gain confidence and acquire new skills - all designed to get them in to the workplace at the point of graduation.”

To find out more about the facilities and services, please contact Sian Davies / 01267 225187

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476