Sport Pembrokeshire features Rominy Colville

Rominy ColvilleThis month our feature from Sport Pembrokeshire in County Hall has one of their most experienced members of the team answering questions about her sporting involvement – so we hope you enjoy a good read!

Can you give us some background on your sport?

I have always enjoyed participating in a range of sport and physical activity from a young age, playing netball, tennis and athletics through my teenage years. I coached tennis at local clubs and David Lloyd tennis centres in Bristol where I grew up.

I studied PE and Sport Science at Loughborough University where I played more tennis, squash and many other sports. I continued to complete a PGCE at Bristol University.

How did you get into your role at Sport Pembrokeshire?

I started working as a PPE (peripatetic) tutor in numerous schools across Pembrokeshire, including Ger y Llan and Coastlands.

What does your role entail?

My role is Active Young People Primary and Community Officer, working in mid and south Pembrokeshire. I work alongside pupils and staff supporting high quality sporting experiences within primary schools We also focus on engaging parents and raising awareness of the importance of physical literacy, delivering fun and inclusive sessions that aim to ensure everyone has a lifelong enjoyment of sport and physical activity.

I am involved with co-ordinating a number of community events across the county (when restrictions allow) for example Community Club Junior Open Days and Superstar events. I also support local community clubs access funding and promote opportunities to increase their junior memberships.

Furthermore, my role also involves providing opportunity to upskill the voluntary and professional workforce.  I co-manage a team of Platinum Young Ambassadors; role models and leaders in sport who assist with the delivery of opportunities across the county. Their role is in championing the positive values of sport and encouraging more young people to become more active.

Why it is so important to keep investing in school and community sport for youngsters?
Sport and physical activity provide the perfect vehicle through which to develop the crucial skills and attributes to prepare children for the wider world and all life’s challenges . Providing diverse and multiple opportunity across school and community settings develops not only physical competence but also the motivation and confidence to make behavioural changes.
What are your hopes for school sport in Pembrokeshire?

To create a more active and healthy Pembrokeshire, where sport and physical activity is part of everyone’s lives.
Have you trained/coached any sporting stars?  

No but lots of students that I worked with at Taskers, Young Ambassadors etc  gone on to represent Wales – e.g Euan Dyer U19 Welsh Hockey.
Interesting Sporting fact about yourself?

A relative (Anthony Wilding) won Wimbledon in 1910!