Jaz Joyce launches new UWTSD’s Academy of Sport


Jaz Joyce, Olympian, Wales international rugby player and former student has launched a new sports academy at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD).


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The UWTSD Academy of Sport aims to support students involved in high performance sport to maintain and develop their performance.

A joint initiative between the University and the Students’ Union, the Academy will enable students from across UWTSD’s campuses and programmes to access the University’s specialist facilities and to compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) leagues.

Lee Tregoning, Director of the Academy of Sport said; “I’m delighted that the University will be able to offer opportunities for students to develop their sporting abilities alongside their academic studies. We want to ensure that students at UWTSD receive the support they require to achieve their maximum potential in both academic and sporting spheres”.


Jaz Joyce adds; “I’m really excited to be at the launch of the Academy of Sport. I think this has such benefits for students here, as they’re able to train and make use of the facilities and  also take part in a course and study full time.”

Students will have access to the expertise of the University’s sports, health and fitness team who will provide a programme of activities to assist them to reach their sports goals. These will include coaching for technical and skills training, strength and conditioning, nutrition and diet, sport therapy as well as lifestyle management.

Students will have access to including fitness suites, therapy clinics, the outdoor adventure centre as well as those of partner organisations including Carmarthen Town AFC, Carmarthen Athletic RFC, Carmarthen Athletics Track and Velodrome.

Initially the sports available through the academy will be:

  • Men’s and Women's rugby
  • Men’s and Women’s football
  • Women’s Netball
  • Individual sports - endurance athletes, triathlon, cycling, athletics


The University has already competed in a BUCS 7s rugby tournament in Leeds. Captain Morgan Thomas, a BA Primary Education (QTS) student was delighted with his squad's effort and remarked.

“It was a massive effort from all players and I couldn't be prouder. Our aim was to restart the Rugby team and Sports teams in general at UWTSD, to just get our name out there again in BUCS and have some fun. I think we achieved that and feel we left a massive dent in the minds of all the teams that UWTSD are back!”

Becky Bush, UWTSD’s Carmarthen Campus Student Union President said:

“We’re thrilled with the announcement of the Academy of Sport at UWTSD. It’s brilliant hearing about the specialist facilities available to our students, it’s an amazing benefit for them.

“The Academy will bring together sports-passionate students and enhance their experience. It will contribute to positive student well-being and creating a sense of community across our campuses.

 “We’re delighted to be an active partner of the Academy from the offset. We’re looking forward to co-delivering and enhancing opportunities for our students.”


Sports Academy Launch

Further Information

Lowri Thomas, Principal Communications and PR Officer

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