UWTSD student wins Young Volunteer of the Year Award


Congratulations to UWTSD Sports Management student Adam Thomas who won Young Volunteer of the Year at Swansea Sports Awards #SSA16 last night.

The ceremony took place at the city's Brangwyn Hall.

UWTSD's Sports Management Lecturer Andrew Thomas said: "Adam is a final year BA Sports Management degree student who wishes to pursue a career in the sports development sector. Adam completed the BTEC extended diploma in Cross Keys College where he decided a career in sport would be his preferred career path. He then applied for a degree in Sports Management at UWTSD due to the positive experiences other friends had gained while in Swansea. In 2016 Adam completed his compulsory placement with Swansea and Neath Port Talbot Sports Development teams as a volunteer sports coach. The feedback from both sports development teams were really positive which resulted in a paid employment opportunity as a sports coach in both local authorities. At present Adam spends several hours per week developing extracurricular sport at Cwmtawe Comprehensive and covers several Primary and Secondary Comprehensive Schools in Swansea. Adam is an example of someone who fully ultised the successful placement programme at the University to continue is future career development into employment and the award is well deserved."

A number of categories formed part of this year's awards, including Volunteer of the Year, Community Coach of the Year, Senior Disabled Sportsperson of the Year and Junior Disabled Sportsperson of the Year.

Swansea Council's Sport and Health Team organised the awards, which have been recognising local sporting achievement for 14 years.

Other categories included Senior Club or Team of the Year, Junior Club or Team of the Year, Primary School Team of the Year and Secondary School Team of the Year.

The event was also celebrate the Sportsperson of the Year, as well as the Junior Sportsman and Junior Sportswoman of the Year categories.

Cllr Mark Child, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Healthy City, said: "Swansea continues to have a proud tradition of producing great sportspeople. It takes dedication, determination and hours of hard work to maintain the city of sport we know and love."


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