Student athletes at BSDC to compete in national championships


26 November 2019

Sport students at Burton and South Derbyshire College (BSDC) are celebrating after making it to the finals of the AoC Sport National Championships.

A group of four individual athletes, along with the College’s female football team have all won their respective regional tournaments to qualify for the national championships, where they will compete for both their college and their region.

BSDC Sport students will compete in a range of categories, with Kirsty Tunnicliffe competing in the tennis tournament, Megan Bignell and Kyle Barker representing for hockey and Charlie Skinner for table tennis. Meanwhile the College’s women’s football team, who are undertaking a Female Football Academy course in partnership with Burton Albion Football Club, won their qualifying match against Brooksby Melton College 4-0 to secure their place in the final.

Phoebe Cross, Captain of BSDC’s Women’s Football Team said: “We didn’t qualify last year so we’re really pleased to have got to the final this year. We’re working hard in training to get our fitness levels up and prepare for the championship final. We’re a close-knit team and I think it just shows what you can achieve if you’re passionate about football and want to do well. It means a lot to us to be able to represent the College and Burton Albion on a national level.” 

The AoC Sport National Championships 2020 will take place over the weekend of 24th-26th April, at the University of Nottingham’s David Ross Sports Village and local facilities. Exclusive to AoC Sport member colleges, the AoC Sport National Championships are a celebration of competitive sport in colleges, providing recognition, enjoyment and a unique opportunity for students to compete. They also remain the largest annual student sporting event in the UK, with nearly 1,800 college students taking part last year.

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

James Endsor, Sport Lecturer at Burton and South Derbyshire College said: “This is a huge achievement, both for the individuals and the College. The students did an amazing job in the regional tournaments and will be honing their skills as much as possible in the lead up to the national championships.”

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