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5 sporting success stories from Team:NSCG

Former student secures Welsh Rugby Team debut 

Former A–Level student Jenny Hesketh recently made her debut for the Welsh Rugby team during their Six Nations campaign, playing the full 80 minutes at full-back as Wales narrowly lost 20-18 to Scotland.

Whilst studying at NSCG, Jenny demonstrated the dedication, passion and talent for the sport she is now excelling in by winning the AoC (Association of Colleges) Sport Student Performer of the Year in 2020.

She then went on to study Sports Management and Coaching at the University of Bath with the support of a Trendell Sports Scholarship, as well as captaining the England under 20s Rugby team and joining the Bristol Bears Rugby Club.

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NSCG’s Ladies and Mixed Volleyball Team named National Champions

HNC Healthcare student and NSCG Academy of Sport Volleyball squad member, Michelle Amanfi was selected as both Captain and Flag-bearer for the West Midlands at the AoC National Championships in April. But that wasn’t where the achievements ended for our teams, NSCG’s Ladies Volleyball team retained their title by beating Hills Roads Sixth Form and becoming National Champions for another year. They were joined by the Mixed Team who also took home the first place trophy to win their Knockout Cup Final.

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Bright future ahead in the world of Volleyball for A-Level student 

NSCG A-Level student Josh Sturland recently captained the U17’s Boys England Volleyball team internationally at the NEVZA Championships in Denmark. Josh’s talent has seen him be a key player at NSCG this season, leading the boy’s team to win the West Midlands regional title and qualifying the AOC Sport National Championships finals where they finished a very credible 4th in the country, whilst also leading the mixed team to the National knockout Cup Final.

Strong performances with Newcastle Staffs Volleyball Club also mean Josh has been promoted to the Men’s First team, who play in the Super League- the highest level in England.


NSCG's Sporting Hero 

Our Academy of Sport Manager Dave Sutton was nominated in the ‘Sporting Hero’ category at the Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

Throughout his career, Dave has supported thousands of young people to get involved in sports enrichment. He started his career in 2006 and over the last 18 years has continuously supported and provided opportunities for them to compete at both county and national levels in a variety of sporting disciplines - all while pushing NSCG to become the West Midlands number one college for sports participation.

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Gym Instructing student reaches AOC Fitness Trainer final

YMCA Level 3 Diploma Gym Instructing and Personal Training learner, Daniel Jeavons made it to the finals of the prestigious AOC Sport Fitness Trainer Final at the recent championships.

Dan faced stiff competition as one of six finalists over two gruelling days. He was faced with a number of tasks to show off his abilities, firstly a 30-minute personal training session with a client of his choice followed by a demonstration of physical skills. He was also tasked with delivering an engaging fitness testing session with a brand new client.

Finally, to showcase his all-round skills as a fitness trainer, Dan was challenged with both a social media task and presentation to promote his services and abilities to generate new business.

Dan said: "I'm a massive advocate for sports and physical activity of any kind and being part of this national competition means that I can be more influential in getting people active. Being at the finals has enabled me to prove my worth as one of the top personal training students in education."

With outstanding facilities, experienced coaches and a growing trophy cabinet, at NSCG, it’s not about choosing between studies and sport- we believe you can have it all. Find out more about our Academy of Sport.