Sunderland College’s sport department has marked the end of a successful year by celebrating its staff and students achievements at an awards presentation.
The event, held on Thursday, recognised the various accomplishments of students from the college’s Football Development Centre (FDC) and Swimming Development Centre (SDC) throughout the academic year.
Emma Cassell, Laura Taylor and Mason Jaques, who are part of the SDC, were honoured for their triumphs at the Association of Colleges (AoC) Sport National Championships in March.
They were awarded five medals between them at the prestigious competition, including Emma winning gold in the 50m fly and Mason achieving gold in the 100m freestyle.
Students from the college’s FDC were also recognised for their football season success after winning the Category 2 and Category 3A titles in the AoC Sport league.
Graham Mytton, Sunderland College’s head of sport, said: “It has been a fantastic year for the students and staff and we are delighted to celebrate both individual and team sporting successes.
“We are committed to helping our students develop their natural abilities, and coupled with our state-of-the-art sports facilities, we are confident that our students receive the very best learning and training experience while studying with us.”
The college was also recognised for its exceptional contribution to leadership development and volunteer deployment in the community at the presentation event.
Sports Leaders UK, a charity that equips people with the skills to run sporting activities in the community, renewed Sunderland College’s Leadership Academy status, and presented a plaque to assistant principal John Rushworth to mark the occasion.
The college was commended for developing a range of creative initiatives which go beyond the required Sports Leaders UK awards and qualifications.
Learners from leadership academies generally undertake additional voluntary hours to the minimum required for successful completion of their awards and qualifications, which are of direct benefit to their school or community.
William Firth, director of strategic operations at Sports Leaders UK, said: “Leadership Academy status is only awarded to the centres that stand out as beacons of best practice. They offer clear education pathways and their qualifications and awards are open to all, including those with learning or physical difficulties. It makes education and acquiring leadership skills accessible to everyone in their community.”
Graham added: “We are proud to have had our Leadership Academy status renewed by Sports Leaders UK, showing that we are still offering high quality leadership training. With plans to offer the Higher Sports Leaders Award from 2015, in addition to continuing with our current provision, we are certain that our sports leaders will continue to be among the best in the region.”