Cardiff City FC Foundation’s Netball coach Stephanie Perry, has played internationally netball with Welsh team for 10 years, creating opportunities to travel the world and compete in netball’s most prestigious competitions. To date, Stephanie has tallied up an impressive resume, having played in 3 World and Senior World Cups, two Youth Cups and a Nations Cup in Singapore. In relation to her work with Cardiff City FC Foundation, Stephanie is able to apply her international experience as a Netball player to the Netball Programme which started in Sept. 2015, as supported by Welsh Netball.
Her journey as a netball player started 15 years ago. Like many young girls, Stephanie started off at a local club and was later encouraged to play for a senior team by her teachers. It was not long until she got caught the eye of the Welsh Team coaches at the age of 16 where she worked her way through the age groups, eventually making her senior debut in 2007, where she has remained a regular since.
Having completed a Sport and PE Degree at Cardiff Met University, Stephanie’s good interaction with people and youngsters through coaching, alongside her desire to pursue a career in sport, led her to train as a PE teacher. With 4 years of teaching experience, she has worked in a number of different secondary schools where she worked alongside Head of Education, Geraint Wadley. In one of last year’s open evenings, Stephanie came down in representation of Welsh Netball for the Foundation’s Netball Programme, which at the time didn’t have an appointed coach; having a passion for both teaching and the sport, the Netball Programme sparked her interest in applying for the role.
“I think long term this is where I think I can make the biggest impact on young people.”
Cardiff City FC Foundation’s Education & Sport Programme started in 2010 with Futsal being the flagship offering. The Foundation’s multisport approach has led to the introduction of basketball, netball and golf. Today, Stephanie works full time as a BTEC level 2 Tutor and netball coach with the aim of developing players, umpires and coaches through a programme that provides its students with great opportunities.
“One of the main attractions to the Foundation is its link to Cardiff City FC, providing work experience opportunities and potential avenues to work within the sport industry. The industry is brilliant because the students who come here will have the opportunity to see that in practice.”
The program benefits from Stephanie’s 10 year international and Super League experience through which those taking part of the program will also benefit from her links with Celtic Dragons and Welsh Netball opening up opportunities for the players, umpires and coaches to see first-hand how elite netball is carried out.
This is NOT a course just for elite netballers, although elite netballers would benefit greatly. “This is a course for all abilities and interests, whether that be in a playing, coaching or umpiring role. It is for girls who love to play netball.”
The program brings great benefits to students both physically and academically. Firstly, students will have access to great facilities and regular contact with Stephanie. Students will develop technical and tactical awareness of players as well as improving their knowledge and understanding of lifestyle, nutrition, prevention and managing of injuries. Physically, this program will have a great impact in their health and well being on a daily basis. Secondly, the program caters the possibility of work experience with Welsh Netball, providing students with a vision into a national governing body, their function and different roles.
“This is an opportunity students wouldn’t have if they chose to do A levels at school or the BTEC through college.”
The BTEC level three offered here at the Foundation is the same qualification that you can do at college. You come out with the same qualification at the end and the same amount of UCAS points to get yourself into university. However, you get all of the additional links with netball national bodies, links with international players such as Stephanie, the industry and Cardiff City Football Club.
“I think you get far more of a whole package with the Foundation that maybe you would not get at school or college. We offer something different in the fact that they do their education alongside the technical sport. I believe you get the bigger package with the Foundation.”
If you would like to know more about the course and facilities here at the Cardiff City FC Foundation and a chance to speak directly to Stephanie, join us at Cardiff City House of Sport in our open evening on the 24th of February from 6pm to 7pm.
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