Press Releases 2016

UWTSD was honoured to be the main sponsor of the Chris Coleman, A Swansea Celebration Evening at the city's Brangwyn Hall

21.10.2016

University of Wales Trinity Saint David was honoured to be the main sponsor of the Chris Coleman, A Swansea Celebration event at the city's Brangwyn Hall on October 19.

The event, organised by JR Events in conjunction with Swansea Council, followed an earlier ceremony during which Wales Manager Chris, who guided Wales to the semi-final of Euro 2016, was granted the Freedom of the City.

Chris Coleman with UWTSD Staff

UWTSD's Vice-Chancellor Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, said : "Chris Coleman epitomises the spirit of this City. 

When he announced to the world ahead of the semi-finals in the European Cup in 2016 “Don’t be afraid to have dreams and fail along the way”, he could quite easily have been speaking of his own path to success. 

As a young boy growing up in Mayhill and as a pupil of St Joseph’s Roman Catholic and Bishop Vaughan Comprehensive Schools, I’m sure that he also dared to dream and kept on dreaming, even through periods of adversity.   

 

Chris Coleman and Medwin Hughes

He was determined to achieve his dreams; ambitious to reach is goals; keen to learn for adversity and to adapt in order to succeed.  His, is a truly remarkable story, and one, for me, that marks him out as an exceptional leader and such a fantastic ambassador for Swansea.  These are the attributes that we, at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, instil in our students and graduates.  A strong sense of resilience to be able to meet any challenge head on.

Not only did Chris Coleman inspire Tîm Cymru to achieve; he also inspired a nation.  #Together Stronger ; #Gorau Chwarae ; Cyd Chwarae brought a nation together. We all took pride in the team’s achievements – their playing prowess but also their behaviour on and off the pitch.

#Together Stronger has now become the nation’s mantra.  The success of the Welsh Football team is an example of how working together for a common aim will ultimately triumph over any solitary pursuit.  There are no individual stars in a strong team; each and everyone plays a crucial role.

At the University of Wales Trinity Saint David we are working in close partnership with the Welsh Government and the City and County of Swansea and other partners to bring new opportunities to the heart of Swansea and to South West Wales  . . . We are all playing for Team Swansea but of course we are also delivering for Team Wales."

Chris guided Wales to the semi-final of Euro 2016 - the side's first major tournament in 58 years. He said it was "important" that he is still surrounded by the people he was brought up with in Swansea.

"The things that were instilled in me from a young age - you hold onto the good things - and they have certainly stood me in good stead," he added.

"I'm so proud of the achievements of this Welsh team, so proud to be associated with it, and to be a Welshman."

Chris Coleman and UWTSD Staff