“A work placement is one of your most essential lessons.”
Experience in a professional work setting is an essential part of the sports degree programmes at Coleg Sir Gâr.
Due to a successful partnership with the analysis department at the Scarlets, Cameron Elias is the latest degree student to be benefitting from the course’s work-based learning mandatory module.
Cameron is overseen by Ieuan Probert, a former sports degree student of the college who gained a first-class degree and who also completed a work placement within the analysis department where he is now working as first team analyst.
Going into his seventh season with the region, Ieuan explains how he started his educational journey and work placement to being employed full-time at the Scarlets.
Credit: Riley Sports Photography
I am currently the first team analyst and have progressed up the ranks in recent seasons working for the academy on A-team campaigns and also working with the semi-professional Llanelli RFC side.
The analysis department is a team of three which is myself and Rowan O’Brien and run by head analyst Jarrad Griffiths. We run an internship and a work-based learning placement and over the last three seasons, one of them has always been a Coleg Sir Gâr sports student.
I was really the first student to take up this opportunity with Scarlets because in my second year we had to find a work placement in an area of personal interest so once I was successful in gaining a Scarlets analysis placement, I started off in the academy where I was brought in by Todd Taylor, a former academy analyst, who guided me well.
I covered all U18s and U16s games through the summer where I helped film and code regularly. I was then picked up by Joe Lewis, a former head analyst, to come into the senior system and I regularly tried to go above and beyond in my work in training and games to the stage where I was trusted and tasked with project work on referees, and the journey just kept going from there.
With another work placement to complete as part of the degree, the current head analyst Jarrad Griffiths was keen to keep me on for another season because I’d gone above and beyond my required duties and worked really hard within my initial placement.
After three years, I graduated with a first-class degree and the journey continued there.
The experience I had, not just from the course but from the placement, has had such a huge impact on my life and helped sculpt myself.
I will always be grateful to the lecturers on the course namely Lee and Euros for all the work they put into me and also everybody I have dealt with at the Scarlets as they have moulded me into where I am today.
“The biggest impact our interns and work placement students have on team performance is the lead they take in filming, coding and tracking individual extras. This is an advantage we have where we can really start to look in-depth at the specific skills different playing groups require and help improve players in these areas.”
Coleg Sir Gâr runs a number of sports related degrees as well as level three BTEC courses which are a pathway to university study.
Under Graduate Courses (Level 4-6) accredited by University of Wales Trinity Saint David
All the above courses are also available as foundation level degrees.
Pre-University Courses (Level 1-3)
National Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science (Level 3)
National Extended Diploma in Sport & Outdoor Activities (Level 3)
National Extended Diploma in Sport, Fitness & Personal Training (Level 3)
National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching & Development (Level 3)
Sport & Active Leisure (Level 1)
Sport (Level 2)
Take a tour of the Graig Campus where sports courses are delivered.
“In 2021, 42% of sports students received first class degrees with 29% achieving a 2:1 and 29% achieving a 2:2.”