Dudley College qualifies for AoC Sport National Championships

18 students have qualified to represent Dudley College and the West Midlands region at the AoC Sport National Championships 2017, which take place later in the month.

The Men’s Under 19 football team fought off stiff competition from colleges across the entire West Midlands region to win gold, which qualifies them for the national finals taking place at the University of Nottingham and surrounding facilities over the weekend of 21-23 April. Three cross country runners (Elliot Jones, Reece Ashfield and Katie Hickman) all placed in the top 8 runners to also qualify. Theon Streete will compete in Men’s singles table tennis and Lisa Colling who studies A Levels at Dudley Sixth will hope to go one better than last year where she finished 4th place in the Women’s tennis competition. Chris Gardner adds to his own personal success of making the England Colleges hockey side this season, by being selected for the regional team.

The AoC Sport National Championships will see the team competing against athletes from colleges across England and Wales. As well as individual glory, teams will be aiming to accumulate points for their region and win the prestigious Wilkinson Sword trophy.

Sports Development Manager at Dudley College, Simon King is excited about the students prospects. "We have 18 students qualified for the Championships which is an incredible achievement and our largest ever cohort. We have had numerous successes over the past 8 years with students winning medals at the finals but we are particularly pleased to have an entire team (football) competing as well as being represented in four other disciplines. It goes to show the array of sporting excellence we have in the borough and the fantastic opportunities that Dudley College provide for talented athletes."

The AoC Sport National Championships are now in their 39th year and remain the largest student sporting event in the UK, with nearly 1,800 students taking part last year. Colleges will compete in 13 different sports over a three-day period, taking place in some of the best facilities in the country.

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