The Wales team will travel to the national championships with a healthy mix of experience and some new faces looking forward to the challenge. Following a really competitive programme of regional competitions, involving over 1000 students, the final team selection will include competitors from all of the 13 colleges in Wales. The team will include some returning competitors in Women’s rugby, Ability Counts football and a number of individual sports.
As in previous years all eyes will be on the Women’s rugby team who will be aiming to win their 8th successive national championships title. This competition has proved to be increasingly competitive on an annual basis with some last minute tackling, scoring and commitment seeing the girls through in the last 2-3 years. A number of players from the team have moved on to play senior international rugby with members of the current squad also involved in the 2017 six nations championships.
The Ability counts football team from Gower College Swansea will be enjoying a second visit to the championships after winning a tight competition at the regional competition. Providing more recreational and competitive sporting opportunities for students with disabilities has been a focus for colleges in Wales over the past 3-4 years and students are now enjoying more regular sport as a result.
Many of the team travelling will be participating in a major tournament for the first time and in some cases playing a sport that they have only taken up while in college. Sports such as basketball, volleyball and some individual sports don’t have established participation leagues in Wales and the National Championships provides a great opportunity for competition and new experiences for these students.
Good luck to all of the Welsh team, staff, students and volunteers looking forward to another successful visit to Nottingham.