Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Sixth Form College celebrates new coaching appointments

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Hartlepool Sixth Form College has announced three new coaching appointments to their elite Sports Academies to further strengthen the next generation of talented athletes.

Daniel Finney, who is taking on the new role of Rugby Coach, is a product of Hartlepool Sixth Form College and Billingham Rugby Club. Currently a National League 3 player for Billingham, he brings a high level of both coaching and playing experience. As a coach, Daniel has developed players to a semi-professional and professional level, along with many successes from coaching teams to silverware. Daniel said:

“The Rugby Academy is looking forward to a really promising season, with a strong intake that gives the squad a real strength in depth. Exciting games are coming thick and fast with a fixture against Durham School, which will be a great test early in the season. I am setting our sights on a high league finish, as well as qualifying for the nationals and pushing for a medal spot in that competition.”

Danielle Smith, also a former Hartlepool Sixth Form College student takes on the role of the new Netball Coach. She moved to play for Team Northumbria in BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) and also the British Colleges Team for three years. Alongside playing at a high level, Danielle has coached at Oaksway, Northumbria University and Durham County. Danielle said:

“There are exciting times ahead for the Netball Academy with a great intake of girls, which should make for a highly competitive squad playing at a great level. Goals for this year are to qualify for nationals and finish well, and to continue our successful record with in the North East league.”

Mark Elderkin also joins as the new Basketball Coach. Mark is currently playing NBL Division 1 for partnership club Newcastle University. He brings a BBL (British Basketball League) playing experience that will help the Academy grow from strength to strength. Mark also coaches Newcastle University Women in the BUCS Premiership and is the Assistant Coach in NBL Division 1. Mark said:

“I feel very fortunate and excited about taking over the basketball academy at the College! The programme has grown from nothing into a fantastic opportunity for young basketball players to get their education on and off the court. My aim is to boost numbers, offer a great all around experience for young players and to continue to develop the programme’s growing reputation in and around the Hartlepool community.”

Hartlepool Sixth Form College are delighted to add to a growing team, who are able to offer fantastic coaching and elite playing opportunities for students. To find out more about the College’s Elite Sport Academies or to enrol, contact Academies Coordinator Ian Hewitt ian.hewitt@hpoolsfc.ac.uk / 01429 294444.