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College partners with Llanelli Town AFC in their goal to raise regional football

Coleg Sir Gâr and Llanelli Town AFC have formed a partnership to provide the highest level of football with first-class training opportunities.

This is a football-lead partnership offering bespoke coaching as well as academic and vocational support for those at the club and at college.

As director of football at Llanelli Town AFC and at Coleg Sir Gâr, Jonathan Garcia has led progressive discussions about developing football in the region.

From the partnership, both college learners, club members and players would benefit from the availability of a high quality, high level football sporting experience and the use of specialist facilities.

Dr Andrew Cornish, principal of Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion said: “I’m delighted that the college is a partner organisation of Llanelli Town AFC.

“This partnership will ensure that those involved have access to train, play and progress at the highest levels of football and receive high quality coaching and support to help them flourish in their sporting discipline.”

Wayne Stephens, chair of Llanelli Town AFC said: “I am delighted that the town football club and Coleg Sir Gâr, can finally announce this partnership.

“This partnership will allow players from our academy and communities, to have access to the outstanding facilities offered on our doorstep.

“Education has always been at the forefront for me and with this partnership, an education pathway can now be explored alongside the football pathway, allowing players from both parties to achieve first class qualifications, whilst playing sport.

“This doesn’t stop here for me, as we also look to offer education to parents and family members of our club, who would like to pursue education, whether that be basic classes to higher education.

“I would like to thank Andrew, Jonathan and everyone behind the scenes for making this happen and we will all continue to push this partnership in the right direction.”

Jonathan Garcia, director of football at Coleg Sir Gâr added: “This is an equal partnership where both organisations will help develop the sport within this region.

“Both organisations have a lot to offer and we are also hoping to help our learners gain work-ready skills by offering a flavour of volunteering in a professional sports environment.

“The experience brought by the club will also help influence the curriculum to ensure that coaching practice is contemporary and in line with employer needs.

“Both organisations will also work in partnership to serve the community and we will be exploring future initiatives to benefit the partnership and its aims.”

Pic: Future goals - Wayne Stephens, chair of Llanelli AFC with Dr Andrew Cornish, principal of Coleg Sir Gâr.