Elgan Vittle is School Sport Coordinator

Elgan Vittle - School Sport CoordinatorELGAN VITTLE
 
Here, in the latest feature on the Sport Pembrokeshire team, Elgan Vittle explains his role as School Sport Coordinator and details the positive impact sport can have on the lives of young people, far beyond simple physical fitness.
 
Loves playing ball sports . . .
 
A keen rugby player, Elgan has played for both Narberth and Crymych, and at the age of 21 had the opportunity to train with the Cardiff Blues.
 
He is also no stranger to a round ball, having played cricket for Crymych, and now takes to the football pitch for Tegryn.
 
. . . Plus triathlon and Iron Man
 
Elgan Vittle - ironmanElgan’s passion for sport and fitness has seen him test himself across gruelling triathlon courses, including on home turf at Ironman Wales in Pembrokeshire on two occasions.
 
Despite his own achievements, Elgan takes greater pride in the influence he has been able to have on some up and coming sporting talent.
 
Loved working with Paralympian Jacob . . .
 
“I had the pleasure of being part of the sporting journey of Jacob Thomas, who went on to represent Team GB in the Paralympics,” Elgan said.
 
“One of my first schools to teach was Brynconin, where Jacob attended.”
 
“He loved his sport, and his drive and commitment led to him representing his country in Boccia.”
 
Elgan Vittle - rugby. . . And Welsh rising rugby star Josh as well!
 
Elgan is also optimistic of seeing another of his former pupils turn out for his national team in the near future.
 
“While at Ysgol Bro Ingli, I got to teach Josh Macleod, who was big and strong even in primary school!” Elgan recalled.
 
“Hopefully in the next few weeks we’ll get to see Josh play his first game of rugby for Wales.”

Cuelly Josh Macleod picked up a nasty injury after he was selected to win his debut cap at Scotland.
 
Using his experience in local schools
 
His role at Sport Pembrokeshire means he now has the opportunity to be part of many more sporting journeys across the county.

Elgan said, “I’ve had a chance to work in many different Primary and Secondary schools across Pembrokeshire, making sport inclusive, fun, and creating important links between schools and local clubs.”
 
“Seeing children develop skills and grow in confidence through the work we do, it’s very satisfying.”
 
“I feel very lucky to be part of the Sport Pembrokeshire Team, doing a job I love!”
 
Sport has been helped children in pandemic
 
Elgan now appreciates the positive impact sport can have on young people’s lives, beyond simple physical fitness.
 
“We can all see the impact that this pandemic has had on children,” Elgan said.
 
“Being stuck at home, and not being able to see friends and play sport, it’s had a negative effect on their mental and physical health.”
 
“Sport has a massive role to play to get children moving, and to ensure their physical and mental wellbeing.”
 
“Now more than ever, our role in schools is essential, especially when the children are able to return to our schools.”
 
Learning new skills himself
 
Like every other sector, sport has had to find a way to work through the pandemic, and adapt to online learning.
 
“I’ve had to develop my IT skills … which isn’t my strong point!”, Elgan joked.
 
Despite the challenges, Elgan and the team have helped create the Sport Pembrokeshire Learning Zone.
 
“It’s a fantastic resource for children and parents to access, with a range of lesson plans and some great challenges to do.”
 
Looking forward, Elgan hopes things can return to ‘normal’ in the not too distant future.
 
“Although the current restrictions due to the pandemic are limiting some crucial developmental skills, I hope that we will soon see a return to small groups of children playing together again.”
 
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