Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Hartlepool Sixth Form College supporting talented athletes

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Hartlepool Sixth Form College has been awarded TASS Dual Career Accreditation. This prestigious accolade recognises the College’s commitment to the academic support it provides for talented young athletes.

The Sport England-backed scheme supports rising sporting stars to gain qualifications alongside their sport and have the chance to follow other interests and personal development.

TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) has formally recognised Hartlepool Sixth Form College’s commitment to supporting talented athletes to reach their potential both on and off the field by awarding TASS Dual Career Accreditation.

The status of being a TASS Dual Career Accredited Site shows that the College has the ability to support students following a dual career route, providing athletes with the opportunity to pursue an education and enjoy a more well-rounded approach to life. Ian Hewitt, Elite Sports Academy Co-ordinator at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, said:

“I’m thrilled with our TASS Dual Career Accreditation. It is a reflection of the hard work of our staff in supporting our talented athletes to compete at an elite level, alongside gaining recognised qualifications.

“Hartlepool Sixth Form College has a reputation for sporting success and with our TASS accreditation we can further support young people, who are at the top of their game, to achieve both their academic and sporting ambitions.”

As a Dual Career Accredited Site, Hartlepool Sixth Form College will be an important extension of the network of universities that already partner with TASS, delivering core support services to more than 400 student athletes each year.

While some of the existing services delivered focus solely on developing the young person’s sporting performance, a dual career support structure and academic flexibility policies will be central to the help available to athletes based at an Accredited Site.

A designated Dual Career Co-ordinator at Hartlepool Sixth Form College has completed a Talented Athlete Support in Transitions and Education (TASTE) course, to gain the skills required to offer a dual career approach.

Additionally, all Dual Career Accredited Sites are supplied with a toolkit of resources to help provide practical dual career support and bring together all parties who work with the athlete.

For student athletes, the increased academic flexibility may mean they have the opportunity to access online notes or resources, have a choice of assignments, or even reschedule deadlines or exam dates in exceptional circumstances. Meanwhile for Hartlepool Sixth Form College, the recognition of becoming a TASS Dual Career Accredited Site is expected to be beneficial by attracting a greater number of talented athletes and building connections with other local sporting institutions. TASS National Director, Guy Taylor, said:

“We’re delighted to be awarding TASS Dual Career Accreditation to colleges and universities across England.

“Dual career support is at the forefront of what TASS does and that’s why the Accreditation Scheme is so important for us in recognising those institutions who place precedence on their athletes’ education too.

“We hope that the academic flexibility policies put into place for the Accreditation will begin to develop an effective and lasting dual career structure within each institution.”

For more information contact sport.academies@hpoolsfc.ac.uk or ring 01429 294444.

Image, taken by Chloe Walker A2 Photography student, shows (from l-r): Mae Rackstraw (Women’s Football Academy), Hannah Gillies (Women’s Football Academy), Joe Ross (Rugby Academy) Ian Hewitt (Elite Sports Academy Co-ordinator).