Talented students from New College Stamford are getting ready to compete at a national level after beating off stiff competition in a variety of sports.
Five teenagers will represent the college at the British Colleges Sport National Championships in Newcastle in April, where some of the country’s best young sportsmen and women will be competing against each other.
The five are Abbie Hinks, trampolining, Calum Lewis, golf, Alice Richardson, squash, Zoe Fisher, swimming, and Alex Snodgrass, running.
However, they are not the only students at the college preparing to compete in sport nationally.
Hockey players Rhianne Saunders, 17, from Whittlesey, and Becky Warr, 18, from Bourne, are thrilled to have been selected to represent the country in the English Colleges hockey squad.
They were up against scores of other girls from across the country during two separate trial weekends, but were selected as part of the squad and will be playing in international games during the next year.
It is the perfect end to a great year for the sports department at New College Stamford, which moved to the impressive Borderville complex last year and has experienced a number of successes since.
Becky, who will play in goal for the hockey squad, said: “I’m delighted to have been selected because there were nine goalkeepers at the trials, so I wasn’t sure how I would do.
“I’ve been playing hockey since I was 13 and love the spirit and intensity of the sport.
“I don’t know when the first game is going to be for the England college squad, but I can’t wait.”
Last season, the college’s under 19s football team won the league and made it to the semi-finals in the league cup, narrowly losing 4-3 to Kettering, who scored the winning goal in the 89th minute.
“It’s been a tremendous year. Knowing that so many of our students will be competing at a national level in 2016 is a great way to finish off our first 12 months at Borderville,” said Sports tutor Justin Osborne.
“We have some talented young sportsmen and women at the college, so it’s wonderful that they have been recognised because they really do put the work and effort in. I know that everyone is going to be cheering them on. It’s a great achievement for New College Stamford and the local area.”
Calum, 17, from Spalding, hopes to go to the PGA National Training Academy, which is part of Birmingham University, when he leaves the college next year.
The Sports Science student competed against 20 other young golfers to win the regional golf heat, confirming his place in the national final.
He said: “I hoped I would be in the top four and get a place at the nationals, but I didn’t think I would actually win, so it was a great day.
“I would love to win the final, but we will have to see how I play on the day. It would be an amazing thing to put on my CV.”
Justin said there were 150 students studying within the sports department at the college on a variety of sport and sport science courses.
While football is a popular sport among some students, others are involved in a wide range of disciplines, from basketball to athletics and swimming to tennis, and the sports department is looking to expand its offer every year.
Many students go on to university and higher education courses in their quest to become PE teachers, physiotherapists, rehabilitation specialists, personal trainers, nutritionalists and coaches, while some go on to play their sport at a higher level.
Justin added: “It’s been a great year. The facilities we have are superb and the environment at Borderville brings out the best in our students. We are extremely lucky to be part of such a great sports complex with Stamford AFC.
“I have great hopes for our students and if this year is anything to go by, I think they will experience success in abundance.”
For more information about courses at New College Stamford, call 01780 484300 x311 or go to www.stamford.ac.uk.