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Young footballers are being offered the chance to attend an open day for the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) football academy in association with Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC).

The open day will take place on Thursday 17 April between 11am and 3pm at the Crewe campus of Manchester Metropolitan University, CW1 5DU.

Organisers are looking to recruit males aged between 16 and 18 of good footballing ability to join the innovative academy programme, which allows young people to combine playing football at a high level with studying for a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports, Performance and Excellence qualification.

The qualification is provided by lecturers from Newcastle-under-Lyme College, who are currently celebrating after being rated ‘Outstanding’ in Sport, Leisure and Recreation and in many other areas. Academic and football content is delivered on the Crewe campus.

Academy members form part of an under-19 team based at MMU’s Crewe campus to play at a high level in the Football Conference Youth Alliance.

Nigel Deeley, Head Coach, said: “Thanks to the strong partnership between MMU and NULC, those who are accepted can expect to receive the very best education and training, both on the football field and in the classroom.

“The standard is high and competition for a place in the football academy is always fierce.”

During the open day potential students will be given a tour of the university facilities where the academy is based, take part in structured professional football coaching sessions and play a series of football-related games.

MMU and Newcastle-under-Lyme College are currently celebrating as six student footballers have been given the opportunity to undertake a football scholarship in America.

On completion of their Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports, Performance and Excellence qualification, the students can enrol on their next step of development and career pathway with a designated USA University.

Football Coach, Steve Atkinson said: “All our students have this opportunity and for those accepted and signed, we are delighted and pleased for all concerned. We feel this is a wonderful pathway to take for those who are seeking this particular route and we are aware this could lead to future opportunities in the wider footballing/sporting world in The USA. The experience these students will gain will be rewarding and allow them to follow their chosen career pathway.”

For more information and to book a place on one of the Open Days, prospective students are asked to contact academy coaches Steve Atkinson on 01612475298 / 07791162218 or Nigel Deeley on 01612475295 / 07791910307.

For general information about the football academy and Sport at NULC visit

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Over 100 pupils from five primary schools have been given a rare insight into life at Newcastle-under-Lyme College thanks to funding from Staffordshire Local Community Fund.

The aspirational visits were paid for by the Staffordshire Local Community Fund, an initiative that supports communities directly through local county councillors. Each councillor has £10,000 a year to allocate to groups and organisations in their division to provide and improve locally important services and promote community pride.

The trips were supported by Councillor David Loades, County Councillor for Newcastle Rural, who is passionate about encouraging young people to fulfill their potential.

Councillor Loades joined the children from Seabridge, The Meadows, Hugo Meynell, St Mary's and Betley primary schools on two visits, the last of which was today.

He said: "The trips have been a wonderful experience for these youngsters. It has given them a unique insight into the wide range of subjects they could study when they reach college age, opened their eyes to fabulous career opportunities and hopefully will help set them on a path to fulfilling their potential. We are grateful to the schools and to Newcastle-under-Lyme College for providing such varied and engaging activities."

Karen Dobson, Principal of Newcastle-under-Lyme College, said: "It was an absolute delight to meet pupils and teachers from these rural schools and to help create aspirations by giving them a taster of life at their local college. While we normally work with secondary schools to demonstrate why we are the college of first choice, this was a great opportunity to captivate an even younger audience."

The pupils toured the College and had a go at joinery and painting, art, Spanish and French. They also took part in a court room scene, worked with robots, played basketball and enjoyed a sports lesson on the College's 3G pitch run by Early Years students.

More information on the Staffordshire Local Community Fund is available here.

   Seabridge school with Karen Dobson and Cllr Loades

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Tony Cox, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Newcastle, invited Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling MP, to talk to students at Newcastle-under-Lyme College.

During his opening speech Tony Cox, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Newcastle, commented: “I couldn’t think of anywhere better than Newcastle-under-Lyme College to showcase what Newcastle-under-Lyme has to offer.”

Over 50 students studying A Level Law, A Level Government and Politics and BTEC Level 3 Public Services were invited to meet Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling MP on Friday afternoon.

Students had the opportunity to grill Mr Grayling about current government policy and aspiring young politicians were able to gain an insight as to how the Minister himself got in to politics as he provided advice and guidance to students wishing to pursue a career in politics.

When asked about the importance of politics, Mr Grayling stated: “Politics makes a difference to everyone’s life.” With Mr Cox adding: “If there is something you want to change then I encourage you to get involved in politics locally.”

Karen Dobson, Chief Executive and Principal at NULC, said: “We were delighted to welcome Mr Grayling to Newcastle-under-Lyme College.   Opportunities such as the Secretary of State for Justice visiting us allow our students to gain an insight into the skills and diplomacy needed to progress in to a career in politics at both a national and international level. “

“During the visit students were given the opportunity to question Mr Grayling about current legislation, providing an insight in to the thought process and decision making needed when introducing new legislation.”

The College offers a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications from entry to degree level, in a variety of subjects including Public Services which prepares learners for the mental and physical demands of a career in the uniformed public services, such as the Police Force, Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue Service, British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force.

To find out more about studying at NULC click here or contact the Information Point on 01782 254254 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Thursday, 03 April 2014 12:15

Students visit Media City

Level 3 Extrended Diploma in Music TechnologyStudents studying Music Technology at NULC had the opportunity to visit Media City in Salford. 

The second year students visited the studios where the BBC film Match of the Day, Blue Peter and regional news show North West Tonight. Students also had the opportunity to present the news and weather and were lucky enough to meet North West Tonight presenter Roger Johnson.  Roger had just come off air from presenting the lunchtime news bulletin and chatted with students about his career, he also informed students he is a local lad and originally from The Westlands in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The College has invested heavily in its Music Technology provision, which sees an industry standard recording studio, Apple Mac Editing Suite and Pro Tools software as part of its £60 million state-of-the-art campus. The College offers a variety of Music Technology courses from part-time recreational courses to full-time courses for school leavers, through to university-level courses.

To find out more about studying Music Technology at NULC click here or contact the Information Point on 01782 254254 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Newcastle-under-Lyme College’s (NULC) Basketball Academy has made history by being the first basketball team in Staffordshire to win on a national league level.

The basketball team, known as NULC Knights won the England Basketball Division 4 Midlands national league, and have been promoted to division 3 from next year.  

Trevor Humphreys Newcastle-under-Lyme College’s Academy of Sport Manager said: “We’re all immensely proud of NULC Knights. They’ve worked extremely hard to ensure that NULC is recognised as a leader in the basketball arena amongst colleges nationally.”

Along the way NULC fought off strong competition from colleges and clubs across the country.

Shawn Jamison, Ex NBA star and Head Coach of the NULC Basketball Academy, said: “I am delighted to be coaching such a talented group of students and players here at NULC. This win is a testament to the hard work and long hours the NULC Knights have put into training.”

Shawn Jamison has over 20 years of experience in the game, both as a coach and as a player. His career highlights include NBA experience with the Los Angeles Clippers and, with the Harlem Globetrotters, being part of the first team to showcase their skills in the UK when they played dates at the London Arena, Wembley Arena and the MEN in Manchester.

The Basketball Academy forms part of the NULC Academy of Sport programme at the College. The Academy gives students the chance to study and pursue their sporting interests at the same time, and provides additional funding and support to talented athletes who compete at national, regional and county level.

To find out more about the Academy of Sport at NULC visit or contact Trevor Humphreys on 01782 254269, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Two intrepid students from Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) are jetting off to Norway to train with ex marines in sub-zero conditions.

As part of the College’s sponsorship of the Beyond Rescue challenge, Charlotte Johnson, aged 19 from Kidsgrove and Marcus Reynolds, aged 19 from Stone, who both study the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services at the College will travel to Norway on 27 March.

The Beyond Rescue challenge is led by local Fireman and former Sir Thomas Boughey pupil, Andy Topham. Andy and six fellow adventurers are set to follow in Captain Scott’s footsteps as they try to plant the Union Flag on the South Pole next year.

The 372 mile challenge is called ‘Beyond Rescue’ as for 350 of those miles the team will be out of reach of light aircraft. During the challenge the team will attempt to break the world record for the fasted unsupported attempt, which is currently held by Norway.

As part of his training Andy is travelling to Norway this month to undertake intense training in similar hostile conditions. The Beyond Rescue team which is made up of former Armed Forces personnel and Marines will be training in temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees. During the trip to Norway the NULC students will have the opportunity to join in training drills including skiing, digging snow holes and jumping into ice cold water!

Ben Sproston, Curriculum Manager for Public Services at NULC, said: “Marcus and Charlotte have got a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn leadership and team building skills in some of the harshest conditions.

“Opportunities like this will really set them apart when applying for the uniformed forces or university. Here at NULC we’re dedicated to providing our students with the best opportunities available, allowing them to achieve and succeed to the best of their ability.”

The College offered all Public Services students the opportunity to apply to take part. Charlotte and Marcus had to go through a tough application process competing against over 120 fellow students to secure their places on the training expedition. Students had to write a personal statement explaining how the trip would help them in their studies and future careers, before being shortlisted for a panel interview with Andy Topham.

Ben added: “Both Charlotte and Marcus excelled in their interviews and showed the essential skills needed to be part of a team in extreme conditions.”

NULC offers courses in public services which prepares learners for the mental and physical demands of a career in the uniformed public services, such as the Police Force, Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue Service, British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force.

To find out more about studying Public Services at NULC visit or contact the Information Point on 01782 254254 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Students studying Floristry at Newcastle-under-Lyme College will be creating floral arrangements for Mother’s Day and giving away flowers to one lucky mum.

The talented students will be showcasing their skills by making floral arrangements and bouquets at the College’s M.A.D.E. Here shop in Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre on Friday 28 March.

The students will also be giving away a beautiful arrangement to the first mum with their child to walk through the door at the M.A.D.E Here shop on Friday. Floral arrangements will then be available to purchase by members of the public on the day, just in time for Mother’s Day.

Anthony Keates, Curriculum Manager for Floristry at the College, said: “Members of the public can come along on the day, meet staff and students and take a look at the skills needed for Floristry before leaving with a professional standard floral arrangement for a loved one at a reduced cost. They can also find out what courses we have on offer so that they too could produce such stunning arrangements.”

The College expanded its vocational provision and introduced Floristry to the curriculum in 2012. Students are taught in the College’s Transform Flowers Shop which is open to staff, students and members of the public every Thursday and Friday during term time.

Anthony continued: “Opportunities like this allow our students to develop the essential employability skills including customer service, cash handling and communication skills which are needed in the work place.”

The College offers full-time courses for school leavers as well as part-time evening courses for adults in Floristry. There will be various floral gifts suitable for every budget at M.A.D.E. Here in the Lancaster Building, Newcastle-under-Lyme on Friday including.

  • Fresh floral cupcake from £4.50
  • Hand tied aqua bouquets from £10
  • Fresh floral basket arrangements from £10

M.A.D.E Here features unique and contemporary artwork and handmade gifts by creative people connected to NULC. Items for sale include ceramics, photography, jewellery, prints, cards, clothing glassware and soft furnishings. Items are priced between £2 and £200 and the shop is open Tuesday and Wednesday - 10am - 4.30pm and Thursday to Saturday - 10am - 5pm.

To find out more about studying Floristry at Newcastle-under-Lyme College visit or contact the Information Point on 01782 254254 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Four golfers from Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) won first and second places in the British Colleges Sport National Open Golf Championships.

Gian-Marco Petrozzi, aged 16 from Burslem, achieved first place in the singles competition held at St Andrew’s Park after carding a 74 and 69 over the two rounds.

The other three students, Lewis Clewlow, Dan Bourne and Jack Longley, finished in respectable positions in the individual competition which put the college team in runners-up spot overall.

The students attend NULC’s Academy of Sport and next year will join the new Ian Woosnam Golf Academy at the College. Former Ryder Cup captain and Masters winner Ian Woosnam was delighted with the result.

He said: “This is a fantastic achievement for NULC. We’re on a mission to find the best young golfers in Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire and offer them a fantastic education which combines top golfing and sports tuition with higher level qualifications. Clearly we are already attracting some of the best golfers in the country when they hold their own against the likes of Hartpury, Myerscough and Derby Colleges.”

The Ian Woosnam Golf Academy is recruiting now for September and will be based at Newcastle-under-Lyme College and Malkins Bank Golf Club. Its ultimate aim is to find the next generation of top golf professionals.

Students will study a Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence qualification (which can attract UCAS points where a student wants to progress to university), and enjoy access to competitive tours, employment opportunities, scholarships, psychology, nutrition, physiotherapy and conditioning training, along side expert guidance in the golf industry disciplines.

To find out more about the NULC Academy of Sport and the Ian Woosnam Golf Academy, visit or contact Trevor Humphreys on 01782 254269 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Top hair stylist Marcus King showcased his work to local hairdressers in a bid to encourage apprenticeship recruitment.

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) organised the event which was free by invitation to local hairdressers interested in recruiting an apprentice.

The event was held at the College's £60 million campus on Knutton Lane and featured hairdressing demonstrations by Marcus King who was supported by current NULC apprentices and colour work by Matrix.

Marcus King is one of a selection of the UK's top hairdressers to have worked with the College throughout the year to educate fellow hairdressers and highlight the benefits of apprentices to local employers.

Anthony Keates, Curriculum Leader for Hairdressing at NULC, said: "The event was the third in a number of events working with top hairstylists and was another huge success with over 200 in attendance."

Anthony continued: "The events are designed to showcase quality work by top UK hairdressers to local businesses and let employers know that we can support them to develop quality apprentices whose training may be paid for and who could attract a £1500 grant."

The National Apprenticeship Service will provide AGE 16 to 24 grants, with an individual value of £1,500, to eligible employers in respect of qualifying apprentices. AGE 16 to 24 is available to employers of less than 1,000 employees, who can confirm they are not able to employ the apprentice without the initiative and who have not had a new recruit or existing employee start an Apprenticeship in the last 12 months

NULC offers an Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship in Hairdressing, NVQ Level 2 in Barbering, and an Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy.

Any employers that are interested in attending forthcoming events or hiring an apprentice should visit or contact Anthony Keates on 01782 254293 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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A Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) apprentice has been recognised for his outstanding contributions to his employer. Harry Jones

Harry Jones, aged 18 has been awarded an Apprenticeship Recognition Award by the Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  Harry, who lives in the Westlands, is studying an NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Technical Support and is employed by Orbital Gas Systems Ltd. 

The former Clayton Hall Business and Languages College pupil, said: ““It is an honour to be nominated and to receive an award for my work at Orbital.”

Harry was nominated by Richard Law Director of Infrastructure for his support in assisting with the establishment of new business facilities and preparation for a recent industry audit.  Richard commented that “Harry has demonstrated a mature and tenacious approach to his employment over the past 12 months and is already establishing himself as a valuable employee”.

Harry started his Advanced Apprenticeship in September 2012 and has already completed two Electrical units and one fitting unit, as well as units in workplace personal learning and thinking skills and Employment Responsibilities and Rights.

Colin Alaimo, Lecturer/Assessor in Engineering at the College, said: “Harry completes all tasks on time and to a high standard with enthusiasm, showing he understands each departments’ role within the company and the procedures and processes needed for a successful business.”

Orbital is a specialist gas engineering company, delivering integrated instrumentation and engineered solutions to the gas utilities, industrial process and environmental industries.   The company have grown significantly from being a small specialist subcontractor, into one of the largest solution providers in the UK industrial gas market. Harry is based at the company’s five acre Head Office in Staffordshire where Orbital’s team of engineers and project managers run a project in its entirety, from conception through detailed design and in house build, then on to site installation with commissioning and subsequent training of personnel.

Through studying an Advanced Apprenticeship Harry has the opportunity to work in all aspects of the business.  The Apprenticeship allows him to spend time in various departments where he can gain knowledge and experience of all the company’s procedures and products. Orbital has been running an apprentice scheme for two years in partnership with Newcastle-under-Lyme College with Harry being one of the first formal apprentices within the company.

Vicky Boulton-Clarke, Head of Employer Engagement and Work-Based Learning at Newcastle-under-Lyme College, said: “I’m delighted that Harry has been recognised for his outstanding contributions during his apprenticeship.  Here at NULC we work with over 500 employers across Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire to provide quality and cost effective work-based training which benefits the local economy.  Harry is a shining example of how work-based training is a successful alternative to traditional academic study and can benefit both employers and their workforce.”

Newcastle-under-Lyme College offer a range of Apprenticeships in various industries including  Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Construction, Engineering, Business and IT, Accounting, Early Years, Health and Social Care, and Sport. To find out more visit

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