My name is Dylan Blain and I am the programme director for the BA (hons) Physical Education programme. I teach a range of modules on the degree focussing on delivering enjoyable and educational experiences to pupils within physical education and youth sport.
Prior to starting at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2013 I taught secondary school physical education in Cardiff and then later Carmarthenshire. During this time I was fortunate enough to be part of a Physical Education department that was awarded the “Team of the Year” award at the Pearson UK National Teaching Awards 2011.
I am currently undertaking research as part of my PhD which aims to explore the creation of a motivational health and fitness based programme for secondary school physical education. This work builds upon my work as a secondary school teacher whereby we implemented an innovative foundational movement and functional fitness programme in school. The findings of this work inform my teaching on a range of modules I deliver.
I have a keen interest in sport with football and cricket being my main activities, although I enjoy many forms of physical activity and generally keeping fit. I have played football semi-professionally in the Welsh Premier League throughout my career and was fortunate enough represent Wales at under 18 and 19 level. Currently, in addition to playing, I also coach a team in the Welsh League.
I am a first language Welsh speaker and within my role provide support for those students who study through the medium Welsh.
I am extremely passionate about the role school based physical education plays in the development of young people and endeavour to pass on this enthusiasm to my students as they look to progress their careers within the field. My ultimate goal is to support my students in becoming outstanding physical education teachers that provide positive experiences for the pupils they teach or coach in the future.