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Coach on his way to UEFA accreditation

A Coleg Sir Gâr football coach and sports graduate is on his way to gaining the UEFA A Licence Elite Youth certificate.

Martyn Bowles, 25, only started coaching football four and a half years ago and is thrilled to be given the opportunity of gaining a level four qualification in recognition of his coaching abilities.

He started his coaching journey with the college’s female football academy under the wing of Jonathan Garcia, who is also a UEFA qualified coach.

The pair compliment each other well, bringing a different generation’s experience into the coaching side of the college’s football academy.

Martyn Bowles said: “To have two A-licenced coaches at the college I think highlights how professional the academy setup is; as close as it can be to the professional game.

“To have football timetabled into your academic schedule, represent the college team against other Welsh and British colleges and potentially have opportunities at international level, personally I think is unrivalled.

It's been a fast track crash course of a journey but I am extremely grateful to everything Jonathan has done for me to get me to the point I am now.”

Martyn Bowles also achieved his BSc sports honours degree at Coleg Sir Gâr where he gained experience in coaching various sports before going on to achieve a master’s degree in sports coaching and pedagogy last year.  He is now a current PGCE/PCE student on the college programme through which he now lecturers in the health and social care department.

Martyn is pictured centre of the photo  (pre-pandemic)