Coleg Meiron-Dwyfor Pwllheli students Lois Thomas from Rhydyclafdy and Erin Parry from Afonwen have both been selected to play football for Wales in the Colegau Cymru team.
Second year Sports student Lois also plays for Pwllheli Ladies and has upped the level of her training since selection for Colegau Cymru, with regular training practice in Cardiff each month.
Erin, who is currently studying an A level equivalent in Sports as well as other A levels, also trains in Cardiff with Lois, and this has seen the level of her game reach another level. They both recently played a match against English Colleges at the University of South Wales in the Dome in Treforest. Whilst the Colegau Cymru team did not win this match, it proved to be an excellent learning experience and initiation into playing at National level.
Lois, who played in Wing (although she is usually a Striker) said:
Playing against England in such an inspirational venue was a great experience for me. It's good to experience different situations because it makes it less scary next time. I intend to carry on playing football competitively when I (hopefully) make it into Cardiff Metropolitan University this September, and I want to study Sports, Health and Physical Education there. My goal is to ultimately specialise in teaching sports to Primary Schoolchildren.
Playing at Wales level in Treforest was quite a scary experience initially, but once we started playing it was fine. It was a great experience and I am proud of having been selected to play for my country.
I am hoping to study Sports at Cardiff Metropolitan University after finishing my A levels at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor in Pwllheli. Whilst at Pwllheli I studied Sports as an A- level equivalent and it has fitted in well with the other A levels I am doing. I have really enjoyed my time here and it has really set me up for my next chapter at Cardiff Uni.
Lois and Erin's tutor and sports Lecturer at Pwllheli, Gwyn Parry-Jones, said:
Playing for their country at Treforest has definitely increased Lois and Erin's confidence and team-building skills. It takes a lot of discipline and guts to play at National level and they overcame their beginner's nerves to play really well. They have come out of it stronger people and all the more ready for their next challenges.
I would also say to anybody thinking about coming to College, whether to study sports or other subjects, that playing any team sport is excellent from a social and personal development viewpoint.
I see our students making new friends from all walks of life, in college and beyond, developing their personal skills and some get to travel all over the UK and across Europe if they play competitively. It opens many doors. Our new students all get the opportunity to join various sports teams at different levels of skills - and don't have to be aces or super sporty to take part.
Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor offers a range of courses and qualifications including in Sports and related Sports subjects. If you need more information on any of our courses, please visit the courses section of their website at www.gllm.ac.uk/courses or contact their course advice line on 01341 422 827.