NULC aiming for AoC National Championship success.
20th April 2017
38 talented Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) sports students will be heading to the 2017 Association of Colleges (AoC) National Championships this weekend. The AoC National Championships attracts teams from England and Wales and is one of the largest annual sporting events of its kind in the UK, involving over 1650 college students.
Having qualified for the AoC National Championships by winning their regional competitions, students from NULC teams including; Men’s & Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Football, Men’s Doubles Badminton, Women’s Table Tennis and Women’s Cross Country will represent NULC and the West Midlands in Nottingham between Friday 21st and Sunday 23rd April.
NULC’s Men’s Volleyball team, fresh from a semi-final win against Hills Road Sixth Form College in the AoC Knockout Cup, will be looking to retain their National Championship title having claimed gold in last year’s event. The Women’s team will also be looking to go one better this year, having claimed silver in the 2016 AoC National Championships.
Coach Ross Cope, Sport Lecturer at NULC said: “This has been yet another remarkable season for Volleyball at NULC. Both teams have shown real dedication to the sport, putting in countless hours of training and it really has paid off. Getting to the later rounds of these competitions is no mean feat and the potential of being National Champions for a second year running is extremely exciting.”
HNC Sports Coaching & Development student, Lucy Holt is also looking to retain her 2016 AoC National Championships gold. Said Lucy: “My athletics career has seen me run for England in 2015 and 2016, win the National Championships and qualify for the AoC National Championships for the third year in a row. I’m really proud to have been put forward to captain the West Midlands ladies this year and I’m looking forward to the challenge”.
Dave Sutton, Women’s Football Coach and Academy of Sport Manager said: “We are really proud of everyone representing NULC, we’ll be cheering on the team this weekend and wish all competitors the best of luck for the finals. With other recent league successes in Netball, Rugby and Men’s Football, the Academy of Sport continues to go from strength-to-strength, underscoring our position as the region's top college for sport. It’s a testament to our students and coaching and support staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure peak performance this season.”
NULC Academy of Sport is open to students who want to compete coach, keep fit or simply have fun. There are a number of competitive programmes including; football, basketball, netball, athletics, rugby, volleyball and golf. The College was awarded West Midlands Sports College of the Year in 2012 and 2014 and was rated as "outstanding" for sports, leisure and recreation by Ofsted.