At Coleg Gwent, we believe that sports are an essential part of a well-rounded education, and we’re committed to providing our students with the best possible sporting experience. Our campuses are home to a wide range of sports, including football, rugby and netball.
A sports programme goes beyond physical activity – it teaches leadership skills, builds relationships, and encourages students to work as a team.
When joining one of our sports teams, you’ll join a community of people who share your passion for sports. It will be an opportunity for you to push yourself to new heights, mentally and physically, and you’ll be given the opportunity to develop skills that will serve you well in your future career and personal life.
A trophy cabinet we’re proud of
Our students are some of the best in the UK in a wide range of sports, from team sports like tennis and netball to individual sports like trampolining and cross-country running. Our teams take part in the annual British Colleges Sport Championships and return with medals every year.
Discover our successful sports academies
Crosskeys Campus is home to our successful sporting Academies, designed to help you become the best athlete you can be in your chosen sport. We have Academies in rugby, netball and football.
Crosskeys Campus is home to the Dragons Junior Rugby Academy where students studying full-time courses at any Coleg Gwent campus – either sports-related, A Levels, or other vocational courses – can also benefit from having 16 hours a week of dedicated training from Dragons coaches, as part of a two-year development programme alongside their studies. Read more about our Dragons Junior Rugby Academy.
The Coleg Gwent female rugby Academy is also delivered at the Crosskeys Campus, where learners have access to 14 hours of rugby built into their individual timetables. The team compete in multiple competitions across Wales, including Welsh Colleges 7’s, the URDD WRU 7’s, and WRU National & Regional Schools and Colleges. Coleg Gwent is the only college in Wales that competes in the Association of Colleges (AOC) ACE Performance League which is an elite-level competition against English Colleges that are affiliated with professional teams.
- 4 players selected to play for Wales u18s
- 1 player selected to play for Wales 7s
Savannah Picton-Powell, Wales u18s, said:
‘’Since being a part of the Academy, I have been able to gain more experience as a player and better my overall gameplay. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of a special group. Playing rugby alongside my education helped motivate me to work harder in both the classroom and on the field. I knew I had to work hard to get selected for the games each week. This year as an Academy we took part in the ACE performance league where we had more exposure to a higher level of competition. The hard work the team put in throughout the year helped us have a really successful season – most notably, becoming Welsh colleges 7’s champions, winning the Urdd 7’s and also winning the WRU Girls National Schools and Colleges U’18s final that was held in the Principality Stadium.’’
There are 64 registered players at Coleg Gwent Football Academy’s Crosskeys Campus, with teams for men and women. The Academy is built into the college timetable to enable students to access the sport alongside their studies. The programme includes team training, principle-based sessions, general & specific practices, individualised training, goalkeeping, match preparation, strength and conditioning, sessions, systems of plays, technical practices, and video analysis. Our home matches are played at the Cwmbran Stadium on Wednesday afternoons.
The Coleg Gwent Football Academy plays in the Welsh College League – Category 2 and is the current Gwent Schools U19s Cup and Newport Schools U18s Cup holders. The Female Football Academy compete in the Welsh Colleges National 7s Tournament.
- Callum Chivers represented Welsh Schools FA & Welsh colleges 22-23
- Former Coleg Gwent Football Academy player, Lewis Webb, has signed a professional football contract with Swansea City FC in 2020, and Lewis has represented Wales Under 21s in the Euro Championship Qualifiers 22-23
The Coleg Gwent Netball Academy practice takes place on Monday mornings at Crosskeys Campus, followed by league fixtures on Wednesday afternoons. Regardless of campus and course, students are welcome to participate in the Academy, which includes a training programme covering strength and conditioning, team building, ball skills, set plays, tactics and techniques, goal setting, and video analysis sessions.
We currently have two netball teams that play competitively, with our first team competing in league competitions and our second team playing friendly games against other colleges in Wales. Students from Coleg Gwent South East Wales Under 18’s netball teams and AOC Welsh Colleges representative teams play home and away every year. In addition, they compete in the South East Wales Schools Competition.
- South East Wales schools’ winners
- Welsh Colleges Sport Runners up
- Six players represented the Welsh Colleges squad
- Four players represented Wales Netball Regional Academy
- One player capped at Welsh u17’s
Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or just looking to try something new, we have a programme that’s right for you!