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Triple success for Dudley College!

Jul 08 2011

Dudley College swept the board at this year’s annual British Colleges Sports (BCS) awards, held last week.

The college was awarded three prestigious awards by BCS – a body which exists to encourage and enable students aged 16-19 within the further education sector to develop their potential by providing high quality sporting opportunities and services.

Dudley College sports staff and students celebrate their awards!

College Principal Lowell Williams today said: "The work our students have done to achieve these awards is breath-taking. Some of our young people are from disadvantaged backgrounds, or come to us from school with quite low level GCSE results. It is a testament to them and the staff who support them to see the commitment, drive to achieve, and desire to give something back to the community that we see in them today".

Director of Learning Bob Chapman added "We are hugely proud of all of our students, but these sports students have really excelled. Our commitment to raising the profile of sports/healthy lifestyles for teenagers is paying off, and will be even further enhanced once our new sports facilities come on stream in September 2012, with the opening of our new vocational centre on Tower Street in Dudley town centre".

The awards achieved are:

College of the Year 2011

Awarded for the outstanding sports work undertaken by the college in developing BCS Sport at a regional level. Staff and students worked in harmony to host a number of events, for example organising 5-a-side competitions, cross country regional championships, officiating at BCS football trials and hosting and organising the BCS West Midlands Athletics event.

From left to right:  Ross Ensor, Volunteer of the Year, Lyndsey Glover representing the team for Growing the Game Award and Liam Jones representing the team for College of the Year Award.

Student of the Year 2011

Ross Ensor, aged 17, won this award for his volunteer and coaching work this year. Ross completed an amazing 138 hours of voluntary work, mostly made up of coaching football in primary and secondary schools, during the Dudley College activity camps and in Sutton Special School. He also regularly officiated at BCS football matches on Wednesday afternoons.

If this wasn't enough, Ross also runs his own junior football team and carried out other charity work on top of completing his main college course!

National Growing the Game Award (Football) 2011

This award was for the major impact the college has had in the development of football in the region. Activities included organising and hosting the BCS 5-a-side competition for over 40 teams, organising the BCS regional trials for 90 male players including involvement in the selection and officiating at the trials, and officiating at a number of BCS football games which culminated in 3 students taking charge of the under-16 West Midlands Schools Cup Final.

Anyone interested in finding out more or studying sport or associated studies at Dudley College should contact the college on 01384 363363.