Rugby, netball and Amy Webster for table tennis has qualified to represent Hartlepool Sixth Form College and the North East region at the AoC Sport National Championships 2017, which take place next month.
The teams and athletes from HSFC sport fought off stiff competition from colleges across the North East to win gold placings, which qualifies them for the national finals taking place at the University of Nottingham and surrounding facilities over the weekend of 21-23 April.
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.
Liberty Dunning from the netball academy said, “Having experienced National champs last year in our home region, myself and the other 11 members of the group are really looking forward to the chance to perform in another region. As always the competition will be very tough but we are confident we can be competitive throughout the weekend”
Adam Radwan from the rugby sevens said
“After winning lasts years competition unbeaten we have set ourselves really high standards, it is always going to be hard to go and defend your trophy but that is our priority. The fact that we have become so competitive over the last few years really shows how our academy group has grown, if we were to go back 5 years we would have been happy to win 1 game out of the whole weekend and would have classed that as success”
AoC Sport Managing Director, Marcus Kingwell, said: “We are really excited about this year’s National Championships, which will be hosted at state-of-the-art facilities in Nottingham.
“Ours will be the first major Multi-Sports event to take place at the David Ross Sports Village, and we believe the standard of the facilities will provide students with an incredible experience.
“We could even see a future Olympic champion in action at the Championships.”
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.
For more information about the AoC Sport National Championships 2017, please visit www.aocsportchamps.org