Students and colleges recognised for outstanding achievements in AoC Sport awards

The winners of the College Sport Awards 2016 were announced during AoC Sport’s College Sport Conference at The International Centre, Telford, this week.



Five categories were listed for this year’s awards, with colleges asked to nominate students and programmes over the last six weeks.

These awards celebrate the very best of college sport, and this year the categories were:

  • Inspirational Student of the Year
  • Sport Apprentice or Student Activator of the Year
  • Student Performer of the Year
  • Outstanding Developments in a College Sport Programme
  • Best College/Employer Relationship


The nominees and winners for each category were:

Inspirational Student of the Year

Nominees: Florence Owen (Newcastle-under-Lyme College), Nayrice Wallace (Hartlepool Sixth Form College)

Winner: Reece Purcell (Huddersfield New College)

Reece has given over 400 hours of volunteering to the college and the local community at a number of events and sport sessions, and has completed a wide range of coaching qualifications.

He has also helped thousands of students access the college’s ‘enjoy’ sports programme – enabling the non-sporty to participate.

He is a true gentleman with an exceptional attitude.  He is always cheerful and is always prepared to go above and beyond to help those around him.  He is highly thought of across the college both by teachers and other students and has made a real difference to the numbers of students that are able to access physical activity.

Sport Apprentice or Student Activator of the Year

Nominees: Natalia Plywacz (Bridgwater College), Mark Oakley (Tyne Metropolitan College)

Winner: Dan Meakin (Newcastle-under-Lyme College)

Dan works at Sutherland Primary Schoolin Blurton and he began his employment at the school as a Level 2 Activity Leadership Apprentice.

Dan successfully achieved the Level 2 qualification framework and became the first apprentice to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Physical Education in School Sport.

Dan’s mentor has been very impressed with how he has seamlessly continued to provide the pupils with a diverse curriculum despite the challenges faced – including at times of staff shortages and staff sickness.

During his time at NULC and Sutherland Primary School, Dan has developed his academic, sporting performance and employability skills. This is evident in his success at securing a full time post within the school.

Dan has been a truly outstanding apprentice and the impact this has had on the sporting achievements of his employer and how this provides excellent opportunities for young children is exceptional.

Student Performer of the Year

Nominees: Lucy Holt (Newcastle-under-Lyme College), Isaak Dalglish (Runshaw College)

Winner: Jonathan Booth (Huddersfield New College)

Star swimmer Jonny Booth is Rio-bound. The Huddersfield sportsman has been confirmed in the Paralympics GB squad for the Games in the Brazilian city in the summer.

His conduct during college time has been exceptional and despite his physical disability Jonny always walks around with a smile on his face, and is a role model to other students as a consequence.

He supported first year students who are in a similar situation to him, with advice on how to manage college life and training and how to utilise their sports with modules on the course.

This is the first time in KAL Swim Performance history that a swimmer has been selected for a GB Senior Level competition and Jonny is the first Olympian from KAL Swim Performance. The last Olympian from this area was Anita Lonsbrough in 1960!

Outstanding Development in a College Sport Programme

Nominees: South Tyneside College,Truro and Penwith College

Winner: Richard Huish College

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There are 27 sports and 33 competitive opportunities on offer for students to access regardless of their programme of study.  Sport at Richard Huish has been built as an integral part of the college timetable along with lunchtime and after college activities available throughout the week.

The college sports programme has increased steadily over the years and now has 32% of students at Richard Huish College engaged in at least one physical session a week.

Richard Huish College is consistently seeking ways to sustain and develop sport on offer recently achieving this with strong partnership with the County Sports Partnership, NGB’s and local clubs. This partnership has enabled the college to offer less accessible sports such as archery, climbing, rowing, shooting and lacrosse to students giving them an experience of sports that may not have been available to them previously.

Best College/Employer Relationship

Nominees: Newcastle-under-Lyme College,Lancaster and Morecambe College

Winner: Tyne Metropolitan College

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Tyne Met College has worked closely with Active Northumberland for the last four years.

The college supported the apprenticeship pathway of two learners on an Activity Leadership Framework.  This offer has now grown across five different pathways to become an integral recruitment strategy for the organisation.  Active Northumberland have employed over 25 apprentices over the last four years, many of which who remain with the organisation.

Tyne Met College and Active Northumberland designed a bespoke programme of study targeting 16 to 18-year-olds within the Northumberland area. The aim for this programme of study is to blend the appropriate mix of qualifications and industry skills in order to prepare learners to progress into part time and full time employment within Active Northumberland.