Weymouth College scoops AoC Beacon Award for Sport in the Curriculum

Weymouth College’s second AoC Beacon Award in three years for Sport in the Curriculum is “testimony to the tremendous hard work of the staff and students in the Sport and Public services team”, according to Head of School for Sport and Public Services Martin Oliver.

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The South West college was presented with the award – sponsored by VTCT – by comedian Jon Culshaw at last week’s AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition in Birmingham, for inspiring students to achieve, develop and excel through sport, health and fitness – a key feature of the college’s sport and public services curriculum.

Martin Oliver, Head of School for Sport Public Services at Weymouth College, said: “This Beacon Award for Sport in the Curriculum is testimony to the tremendous hard work that staff and students in the Sport and Public services team put into the learning experience here at Weymouth College.

“It is a fantastic feeling to again receive national recognition for what Weymouth College does in Sport and Public Services and is further evidence of the outstanding provision that we offer, as it is the second time that we have won the award after winning it back in 2014.

“I am very proud of the Sport and Public Services team and it is a fantastic achievement.”


Weymouth College has forged strong partnerships with local schools, employers, community clubs, national governing bodies of sport, county sport partnerships and the local authority to give students opportunities to take part in planning local sporting events.

The Sport and Public Services Department expertly utilises a wide range of outstanding sports facilities which includes the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. The student apprenticeship programme, based at the Academy, demonstrates best practice and progression into employment.

In addition, the college provides students with authentic and realistic coaching and leadership opportunities through links with local partners and this adds great value to the overall learning experience preparing students for a career in sport or public services. Using work placements, volunteering and working with local groups allows students to understand the leisure industry while boosting their confidence and employability skills.


Full-time students also complete additional industry recognised qualifications in Gym Instruction and watersports with the RYA, helping them gain employment in the sector. Weymouth College has been acknowledged for delivering a comprehensive Sports Leadership Programme and is an accredited Sport Leadership Academy.

Congratulations to Weymouth College from all at AoC Sport.