The College has always been known for its sporting prowess. Not only does it have an array of Sporting Academies designed to develop gifted and talented sports’ students, it also has an elite sports programme, where individual young sporting stars are supported and encouraged to help them achieve the very best in their respective disciplines.
This sporting excellence has recently been recognised by the ‘School Sport Magazine’, an influential publication that encourages sporting excellence in state and private education. In their recent top 100 ‘best state sports schools’, Huddersfield New College rolled in at an impressive 33, the highest placed state Sixth Form College in West Yorkshire.
The past year has seen some phenomenal success by college teams, and some amazing achievements by students who attend the college. 2014 was the year that HNC students were recognised nationally (and globally!) for their talents…
The Cricket Academies saw three students, Jonathan Whiteoak, Daniel Cross and Will Simpson selected for the Yorkshire U19 Country Cricket Club, and another student, Hollie Armitage, selected to play for the England U19 Cricket Club;
Women’s Football Academy Captain, Alice Linsell, won a full football scholarship to study at Davenport University in the USA;
Several students represented the College in the British Colleges Nationals in 2014, with five students reaching the finals in Tennis (Andrew Atkinson), Badminton (Joe Wyke), Swimming (James Reidy), Golf Jonathan Fleetwood) and Cross Country (Bradley Stansill-Todd).
Recent additional individual sporting highlights of 2014 also include Piers Boden, who claimed a double gold medal in the recent Racketlon World Championships, Jessie Slater, who claimed a silver medal in the Archery GB Junior Indoor Championships, and Amira Mellor, who after a very successful 2014 was chosen to represent Great Britain at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup.
Jamie Marsden, head of Sports Academies at Huddersfield New College, said “The acknowledgment by the School Sport Magazine of our contribution and provision for sport in the West Yorkshire area reiterates the investment and dedication of Huddersfield New College to sporting excellence and participation. The extension of our facilities and the pending confirmation of our International Coaching and Leadership Academy indicates the continued vision to offer an “outstanding” experience in sport.”
Sporting provision continues to develop at Huddersfield New College, with a Women’s Rugby League Programme being introduced in September 2015, and the continuing development of the Women’s Cricket Academy. With these new additions, we can’t wait to see the next ranking, which will be published in December 2015.