Senior Learning Technologist
Dave Brayley is an award nominated Sports Writer, author and education specialist, who devised his unique ‘Sports Literacy’ initiative, which combined the use of sport and digital technology, for Swansea Council’s innovative and multi award winning LIFE programme. ‘Sports Literacy’ has achieved extraordinary results in the five years since Dave created it, boosting attainment, engagement and attendance levels in every school he has taken it to, enthusing children to engage with literacy via sport and digital technology. Dave has worked right across the educational spectrum, delivering his work from Year 4 to Year 11, at targeted groups of lower ability to MAT groups and also to children and young people with Special Educational Needs, and at schools with Welsh as the first language. For the past year, Dave has been based at Dylan Thomas Comprehensive School, where his Sports Literacy topic was placed on timetable for all Year 7’s, 8’s and 9’s at the school. He also took the programme out to all feeder primary schools of Dylan Thomas, where he focussed on Year 5’s and 6’s and also created a transition programme at the school for the new intake of Year 7’s.
Dave is also a trainer for the National Literacy Trust and their hugely successful Premier League Reading Stars, having delivered training for over 80 primary and secondary schools across south Wales. He has also delivered countless training sessions for teaching staff based on using digital technology to boost engagement and attainment with literacy.
An experienced speaker, Dave has spoken at national conferences such as Bett and the National Literacy Trust’s Welsh conference, and to many schools and head teachers meetings.
He is also the author of two acclaimed and award nominated sports books, “There’s Only Two Tony Cotteys”, the autobiography of Welsh cricketer Tony Cottey and “Ashley Williams – My Premier League Diary”, the story of Swansea City’s debut season in the Premier League, as told by Williams, the Swansea and Wales captain. Dave is also an experienced sports columnist having written a cricket column for seven years for the South Wales Evening Post, and also provided sports comment columns for Brighton’s Sussex Sport and Cardiff’s Buzz Magazine for many years. His most recent work has been two hugely popular quiz and fact books for Swansea City AFC, after the club commissioned him specifically to deliver the works.
In 2012, David was asked to front the Welsh Government’s successful “Better Reading” campaign for Autumn 2012 with Swansea City and Wales’ Ashley Williams.