On Wednesday, 29th June, the JLC sports awards were held with a performance from our JLC Rock Band and BTEC Music students to open the awards.

The Sports Awards featured the Basketball, Volleyball, Netball, Football and  Rugby teams. All Sportsstudents who took part this year received contribution certificates for their efforts in this last year. All the teams had Players’ Player Award voted for by the players and a Coach’s award.

The awards started with a speech from Principal Leon Riley where he talked about the hard work and commitment of all of the sports teams.  He described the Netball and Rugby sides as “winning machines” due to their impeccable performances throughout the season.

The hard work of our TASS athletes was also recognised at the awards; Grace Kaye with her successes in Water Polo, Olivia Harness with her successes in Football, Amelia Proctor with her successes in 200m/400m running, Ethan Weeks with his successes in Windsurfing, Charley Wilkinson with his successes in Rugby and finally,  Erin Ramsay with her successes in Archery.

The hard work of our AOC Championships competitors were also recognised at the awards; Thomas Naylor with his successes in Badminton, Millie Whittaker with her successes in Cross Country, April Page with her successes in Cross Country, Ellis Clarke with his successes in Cross Country, Renshen Yen with his successes in table tennis and Millie Smith with her successes in Table Tennis.

During the awards for each team each sportsperson got an award for their hard work throughout the season but some players, who particularly stood out to their peers and coaches, received an extra award. In Rugby Dante Redhead received the Players’ Player Award and Adam Wilson was awarded the Coaches’ Player Award from coaches Tom Foster, Tony Wilkinson and Colin Taylor. In Basketball Owen Adu-Boakye won the Players’ Player award and Fin Bingham received the Coaches’ player award from James Brough. In the Men’s Volleyball, Declan Smith won the Players’ Player award and Abdi Dirar received the Coaches’ Player award from coaches Andy Petch and Emma Wyld. In the women’s Volleyball, Ruby Yau won the Player’s Player Award and Hannah Richardson received the Coaches’ Player Award from coaches Andy Petch and Emma Wyld. In Netball Isobel Foster and Isabella Lister won the Players’ Player Award and Chloe Simpson and Erin Dobbs received the Coaches’ Player Sward from coach Emma Wyld. In the Football Olly Cooper and Mark Farrar won the Players’ Player Award and Mikolaj Balcerzak and Olivia Harness received the Coaches’ Player Award from coaches Chris Priestley and Olly Bradbury.

To end the ceremony James Brough gave a few words on the plan for sports going forward into next year.  These include Increasing participation and student engagement across the college. Secure sponsorships and funding to improve the experience of sport at JLC for current sports students and for future students.  There will be more photo and video opportunities for student athletes. In addition, students will be offered coaching and officiating opportunities (great for UCAS). Students will also be offered support with nutrition, physical conditioning and mind-set.

All-in-all JLC Sports has seen some tremendous achievement over the past year as evidence by all the awards which were given out at this prestigious event.   The future also looks exciting for our existing sports people and our future cohorts.    

By Finlay Mattheis


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