New College’s sports teams made UK finals

Fern Burnley, of New College Pontefract,
Fern Burnley, of New College Pontefract,

New College fielded the lion’s share of competitors at a national sports competition.

Sixth form students at the college in Pontefract competed in nine out of the 13 events in the national championships for the Association of Colleges in Newcastle last month.

Pupils battled it out in sports like badminton, basketball and cricket. No other college had a greater number of competitions covered.

Student Emma Campion, from Pontefract, was a national squash winner in Newcastle. For some New College students, the championships have become an annual event. Fern Burnley, who is studying for an HND in sports science, took part for a third time.

She said: “It was a fantastic experience. We came fifth in basketball which is a great achievement. I can’t thank everyone at New College enough, each year has just got better. I absolutely love playing sport.”

Proud teacher Andy Green said: “We put in some awesome performances in the National College Championships in Newcastle. The extremely high standard of competition brought the best out of our students, achieving fantastic results against some international competitors.”

New College sports teams have had some excellent results this year.

The undefeated men’s first team at football were crowned champions of Category 2C of the Yorkshire League. And the exceptional women’s football team claimed the runner up title in the league.

The netball team finished runners up in the Yorkshire League.

The rugby league team are top of the National League and the second team were crowned champions of the Yorkshire and Humber League.

The rugby union side lie fourth in the league after an encouraging season.