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Vocational and Professional Training

Professional and vocational development is at the heart of the WIPL philosophy. We run a variety of accredited courses for the Health, Fitness and Outdoor Professions industry.

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Health, Well being & Outdoor lifestyles

WIPL has a highly experienced team of staff who lead on programmes of outdoor learning and recreation at all levels from…

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Schools and Education

WIPL works with a range of education settings from pre-school to University to promote and support the development of Physical Literacy.

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Sport and Community Engagement

WIPL works with regional sports development teams to promote and support participation in physical activity at all levels.

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High Performance

WIPL works in partnership with coaches to support high performance athletes at the elite level.

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Research and Resources

WIPL is researching the development of Physical Literacy in its broadest sense. Links to publications can be found here, along with a range of resources to support the development of Physical Literacy.

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A sense of place

For a number of years we have been using ‘a sense of place’ to enrich student experience in outdoor activities being one of the first to develop this form of teaching and understanding. Over the past decade interest in the significance of a sense of place in the literature of outdoor education has been increasing. In the UK, the relationship between outdoor education and the wider environment tends to be mainly focused on the science of the natural environment and the activity under study.

Upcoming Event

Daffodil Ride
2016-02-28 12:00
Pendine, Carmarthenshire

What is Physical Literacy?


Physical literacy is a disposition that develops throughout life through a variety of movement experiences. As we develop physical literacy we understand that we are all one whole being not a separate ‘mind’ and ‘body.’ As we learn about ourselves as ‘embodied’ we learn that for all of us physical interaction with the world contributes to who we are and to fulfil our true potential we need to find ways to be physically active.

Physical Literacy News

Institute works with Cerebra to support triathlon for Poppy

The staff from WIPL have been working with the team from Cerebra to support Poppy and Rob in their quest to do the Cardiff Triathlon. Poppy has Cerebral Palsy, but despite this is keen to take part in a triathlon with her Dad Rob. Rob came up to the Lab for assessments and support for […]

Daffodil Ride 2016
Great turn out for the Daffodil ride

On Sunday 28th February the Daffodil Ride took place at Pendine Beach, Carmarthenshire. The Daffodil Ride saw hundreds of riders embarking on the challenge of a 43 mile loop through hilly Carmarthenshire and raised £3,500 for charity Trust PA. The Daffodil ride is in its 9th year and is now being organised by 3rd year […]

International student introduces new activity

New to the UWTSD this year is our MASS (The Muscle & Athletic Sports Society) founded by 3rd Year Personal Training and Health & exercise student Jake Doan. MASS is a society developed by David Bissell were students can train, compete, and inevitably develop health lifestyle choices for the future while enjoying the company of […]