Press Releases 2016

UWTSD students take charge of the Daffodil Ride

27.01.2016

The annual Daffodil Ride is fast approaching offering a fantastic opportunity to stay active over the winter months, raise money for charity and support the local community. On February 28th the annual 43 mile challenge will commence at Pendine beach. The Daffodil ride will see hundreds of riders embarking on the challenge of a 43 mile loop through hilly Carmarthenshire.

The Daffodil ride is in it’s 9th year and is now being organised by 3rd year students from the School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education (SHOE) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), Carmarthen. Five BSc Personal Trainer students, Jake Doan, Lauren Tynan, Nathan Collyns, Charles Parson and Owain Tobias are in charge of organising the Daffodil Ride this year. The students are studying the module Interdisciplinary Support for Adventurous Activities on the BSc Personal Training course.

The founder of the Daffodil Ride, Andy Edwards, who is local to Pendine, set up the event 9 years ago with the aim of breathing life into the village during an otherwise quiet season. Having now moved from Pendine to Carmarthen, Andy was determined that the Daffodil Ride would carry on and offered the organising responsibilities to UWTSD students.

Geraint Forster, Lecturer in Outdoor Education runs the 3rd year module Interdisciplinary Support for Adventurous Activities, for BSc Personal Trainers. This module is also offered on the new BSc Outdoor Fitness degree which is currently in its first year.

Geraint said: “The module is all about giving students the opportunity to work with people who are preparing for some sort of adventurous challenge and also for students to organise a challenge of their own. So far on this module the students have written a training programme for the Three Peaks challenge. Their programme was sent to the Adventure Travel magazine who were very impressed with the content and are publishing the article on their website. Students will also write a 12 week Kilimanjaro training programme building up to the challenge. For the second half of their module, students are organising the Daffodil Ride.

“Local events like the Daffodil Ride are a brilliant way of getting your name out there as a personal trainer, if you have your own business the event can raise the awareness of you and your business and secure you more clients. This task provides students with key skills for employability including management of others, it’s a great thing to put on a CV and talk about at interview. The 3rd year of BSc Personal Training and BSc Outdoor Fitness is very professionally focused, students run their own personal training business, they organise events, and it’s less lecture based and more focussed on getting out there and practicing real life skills under the insurance and supervision of the University.”

Jake Doan, BSc Personal Training said: “Getting the chance to manage potentially hundreds of people as opposed to something as specific as personal training is a great experience. Hundreds of athletes are relying on us to run this event, it’s more responsibility than homework and making sure your assignment is on time. These people have February 28th on their calendar, and they have a 43 mile challenge in their minds; they’re relying on us to bring this event together in a safe and healthy environment. It’s great to impact such a large number of people in a positive way. This project is a very rewarding way to receive a grade at the end of term.”

Charles Parson, BSc Personal Training said: “I’ve never really done anything like this before so it’s really rewarding. Learning about the risk assessment has been really interesting. It’s opened up my vision of the different areas you can steer your career toward. The structure of this course is great because your first two years provides you with the information you need and then in the third year we put what we’ve learned into practice.”

The organisation of this event could see participation from other UWTSD courses too. BA Public Services degree students from UWTSD Swansea are in discussion with the organising team to combine their police training with marshalling on the day of the event.

As in previous years, all proceeds from the Daffodil Ride are being donated to charity. This year’s charity is Trust PA, which funds research into treatments for the repair of spinal cord injury paralysis. Further details can be found at

http://www.trustpa.com/aboutus.asp

The Daffodil Ride’s itinerary is as follows:

UWTSD students take charge of the Daffodil Ride

10.30-11.45: Registration at The Coffee Shop, Pendine

 12.00: Start

12.00-6.00: 43 mile bike ride

15.00-17.00: Pasta Party at The Coffee Shop, Pendine

For more info visit

http://physicalliteracy.cymru/index.php/events/daffodil_ride/#1437031484540-8e1faf14-d9b1

Further Information

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 01267225108/ 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk