Huddersfield New College has revealed that our sports Academies have enjoyed an incredible level of success at the national AoC regional finals. Following this two out of our three teams (pictured celebrating their successes above) will be heading to the national finals in early 2022.
The AoC (Association of Colleges) Sport Leagues and Cups are prestigious national competitions that see College teams from around the country compete for the top titles. Currently more than 1,500 teams compete in AoC’s competitions.
This week HNC’s Men and Women’s Football Academies, along with the Netball Academy, travelled to Hull for the regional finals. The three teams had an incredible day, and now two of them will be heading for the overall national finals.
Our Women’s Football Academy have completed 8 games with 7 wins and 1 draw and no goals conceded, and were crowned the regional Champions. Our Men’s Football Academy enjoyed similar success. Following four wins and one loss, this week the Men's Football Academy have played Notre Dame in a tense semi-final, winning on sudden death penalties. Now both of our Academies will go forward to the national finals.
Our Netball Academy entered the finals following their best ever finish of fourth, and with 18 teams across three groups, were up against some real competition. This was the first time our Netball Academy has made a final, and in a close call, the team lost out to Greenhead College 17-5.
Jamie Marsden, Director of Sport and Academies says: “It has been a tense and nailbiting week for our Sports Academies. Despite having been part of these competitions for the last 15 years, I have never seen a college win their way to more than one final. I am so incredibly proud of our three Academies who played incredibly well in their respective sports to reach this point. The league features some incredible Netball talent, and this year was the first our Netball Academy have reached a regional final, and I’m sure next year they will be back better than ever. We are very much looking forward to seeing our Men and Women's Football Academies in the national finals. Reaching all three finals is an unprecedented record for HNC and really demonstrates the level of sporting talent our Academies programmes attract."
Our Sporting Academies are open to all students on a full time study programme at HNC. As a member of a Sports Academy, students combine their studies with professional level coaching and representing their sport at a range of fixtures and competitions. Students interested in joining one of our Academies (available in Football, Netball, Cricket and Rugby) can express their interest at their interview, and will be invited to trial. To find out more click here.