Hartlepool sports students snap up university places

ACHIEVERS: Hartlepool Sixth Form College sports studies students.
ACHIEVERS: Hartlepool Sixth Form College sports studies students.

SPORTS studies students at a Hartlepool college have had their talents recognised by securing places at one of the top sporting universities in the country.

A record number of students from Hartlepool Sixth Form College, off Blakelock Road, in Hartlepool, have achieved places at the University of Durham, including students from both A-level and Level 3 BTEC Nationals in sport, and sport and exercise sciences.

I am absolutely delighted at the number of students who have been offered places at many of the country’s top universities for sport.

Ben Robinson, director of sport

The teens have also been successful securing offers from the likes of Loughborough, Leeds Beckett, Northumbria, Liverpool John Moore’s, Birmingham, Sheffield, Sunderland, Teesside, and York universities.

Successful students include Georgia Keighley and Caitlin Bates, former English Martyrs school pupils, who studied an extended diploma in sport and exercise science.

The pair have been offered a place on Durham’s prestigious BA in sport, exercise and physical activity course.

Similar offers from Durham have been made to Paige Robinson, previously of Shotton Hall School, Brogan McHugh, of Whitworth Park, and Sophie Taylor and Emily Claughan, both former High Tunstall College of Science pupils.

Thomas Brace, football academy and former High Tunstall student, has been offered a place at Durham for computer science, and Bethan Kelly, elite sport scholarship student, has received a conditional offer for history.

In addition, Paul Braithwaite, also originally from High Tunstall, who is studying a BTEC National Diploma in sport and an A-level in Business Studies has been offered a place to study sports management at the world-renowned Loughborough University.

Director of sport Ben Robinson said: “I am absolutely delighted at the number of students who have been offered places at many of the country’s top universities for sport.

“Some of our students have also secured scholarships abroad in the USA for football, and South Africa for rugby. I am extremely proud of all our students’ achievements.

“Being an athlete at Hartlepool Sixth Form College not only ensures that you will receive outstanding sports coaching and athlete support, but also the academic success that will enable you to successfully progress to your chosen destination.”

In March 2015 the college will be representing the North East as regional champions at the AoC Sport National Finals in men’s’ football, rugby, ladies doubles in badminton, and swimming.

College Principal, Alex Fau-Goodwin reinforced the importance of the college’s approach in supporting academic excellence alongside developing high performing athletes.

He said “At Hartlepool Sixth Form College we are extremely proud of our award-winning sports programmes, which give our students the chance to study and pursue their sporting interests to a very high level.

“Their achievements this year have been remarkable, this is testament to their hard work and the dedication of the sport staff.”