Cardiff Met student joins Team Wales

Commonwealth Games Wales are pleased to welcome Steffan Alun Leonard as the new Media Intern

Steffan joins the organisation on a 12-month internship whilst completing his Postgraduate Sport Broadcast MSc at Cardiff Metropolitan University, who are Team Wales’s headline partner. His key role as the Media Intern will be to create and develop content across all social media platforms.

Steffan said ‘My goal, through numerous content, is to give an insight into the life of Team Wales as an organisation and all the work that goes on, not just the athletes and sports but across the youth projects and all the work with the partners. I can’t wait to get started and help further promote Team Wales.’

Today Steffan will be flying to Botswana as part of the Commonwealth Games Federation’s eqUIP internship programme. He will be working alongside other interns from across the Commonwealth, covering workshops, team building exercises and developing a productive work plan for the year.

Commonwealth Games Wales Head of Engagement, and Steffan’s supervisor, Cathy Williams said ‘It’s great to welcome Steffan as part of the team. The experience interns get when they come to us is really valuable and we pride ourselves in giving interns like Steffan the opportunity to learn and develop new skills, give hands on experience of working across several areas from preparing for a Games, our Youth Engagement Programme where we visit schools and clubs across the country, working with our new partners, and supporting the planning and delivery of key events throughout the year. It’s going to be a busy but productive year for him’

Rebecca Edwards-Symmons, Commonwealth Games Wales CEO added ‘Steffan will undoubtedly be a valuable asset to the organisation, and we look forward to working with him during his internship. We currently have 5 members of staff with two being former interns themselves, which shows the investment we give everyone to thrive in the work environment. Our partnership with Cardiff Met has certainly created exciting opportunities to collaborate further over the coming months and years. We look forward to hearing about Steffan’s week in Botswana and then putting his skills into practice for us here at Team Wales.’

Joe Towns, Programme Director, Sports Broadcast MSc at Cardiff Met said ‘We’re delighted our Cardiff Met student Steffan Leonard has been successful in securing a media internship with Commonwealth Games Wales this year. He can’t wait to get started. It’s an incredible opportunity and a clear indication of how our partnership with Team Wales can help create “real-world” learning opportunities for current students like Steff, working within a major sports organisation. As part of Steff’s post-grad Sport Broadcast degree he’ll be learning how to make podcasts, create social media content & produce documentaries…so we’re very much hoping he can use these multi-media digital storytelling skills to help support and amplify the amazing work done by Team Wales / CGW, tell a range of athlete stories and promote the importance of sport in Wales.

‘In 2018 our student Sioned Dafydd Rowlands was lucky enough to go to Australia with Team Wales for CG2018 as part of the media team …. And in 2022 another student of ours Jo Penrose was selected as a Team Wales media intern for the Birmingham Games. These experiences are unforgettable and the perfect place to launch your sports media career.’