Daniel Delahay, a former sports student from The College Merthyr Tydfil has successfully been awarded a Taff Lab Business start-up grant of £1,000 to run holiday sports camps in Merthyr Tydfil.
Dan, who competed against five other students from Merthyr, Gwent and Coleg Y Cymoedd, plans to offer a range of sporting camps across Merthyr Tydfil utilising student coaching volunteers from The College Merthyr Tydfil.
Presenting to the panel of judges, Dan commented “Since enrolling at The College Merthyr I’ve developed a passion for coaching. This passion had grown and developed and I have committed lots of hours of coaching to school and community projects, including coaching for Merthyr Town FC and Swansea City Pre-Academy. I was also fortunate to spend 13 weeks working as a coach in America with Challenger Sports. Working on so many projects has allowed me to coach on a variety of programmes and I’m keen to develop my own range of activities in Merthyr Tydfil.”
Dan, who is now studying a Football Coaching and Performance Degree at the University of South Wales, plans to set up a leadership strategy with The College Merthyr Tydfil, to fund NGB awards or provide in house training for students. In exchange for the training and mentorship, students will be allocated a coaching placement on the sports camps.
Delme Jenkins, Sports tutor at The College Merthyr Tydfil, commented “As a college, we’ve developed a culture of creating coaching opportunities and exit routes. Daniel has embraced this and has created a wonderful reputation in the borough. As testimony to this he was awarded Millennium Volunteers 200 hours, Inspirational Student of the Year and Merthyr College Sports Leadership Academy Coach of the Year last year in our prize giving.This opportunity is well deserved. I’m sure his venture will be a great success and he will be a wonderful ambassador and role model to our students.”
Mel Davies from Challenger Sports commented “This is wonderful news for Daniel, and we are extremely pleased for him. Daniel conducted himself superbly during his summer with the company and his contribution to our programme was invaluable. We are pleased that the Challenger Sports experience has helped Daniel’s development as a coach, and we wish him the best of luck with his future business endeavours.”
Utilising part of the RSA's Regions and Nations funding, The Taff Lab project aims to support individuals to realise an idea. Using Fellowship support and connections, participants have the opportunity to take part in a mentoring relationship and gain support and advice to help them turn their idea into reality. By acting as a critical friend RSA Fellows will question the participant and offer tools and tips to help them explore the idea and succeed.
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