NewVIc students compete at AoC Sport National Championships

Ability Counts Football Team

Students from Newham Sixth Form College competed at the AoC Sport National Championships in Nottingham last weekend, coming home with teams finishing 4th and 5th in England and Wales as they helped the London Region to finish in 10th place.

18 students, competing in Indoor 24 Cricket and Ability Counts Football travelled to the University of Nottingham where they battled against athletes from colleges across England and Wales during the three-day event.
The NewVIc Cricket Academy brutally missed out on progressing to semi’s and finals, by just 9 runs in their pool; however proved more than capable throughout the 5th – 8th place play offs, winning their final game of the tournament in an epic bowl off!

In the Ability Counts Football, 10 NewVIc students with learning difficulties competed in a round robin tournament in which they won 2, drew 2 and lost 3 games, finishing fantastically in 4th place!  Not only did they play amazingly, but the boys this year scored more goals than the previous 3 years of championships combined!
As well as individual glory, teams were aiming to accumulate points for their region and win the prestigious Wilkinson Sword trophy.

Beth Harris, Sports Academy Manager, said “the students were true role models and representatives of NewVIc throughout the tournament, displaying a ‘never say die’ attitude and making us all extremely proud”.
The South East became the new winners of the Wilkinson Sword trophy, wrestling the title off local rivals the South West in a highly competitive weekend.

The region - who were 2016 runners-up - finished 22 points clear of last year's winners in second, while the West Midlands once again finished in third place, just a point behind the South West.

More than 1600 college students took part in this year’s National Championships, now in its 39th year, at a series of incredible sporting facilities including the University of Nottingham's David Ross Sports Village, Trent Bridge, Nottingham Wildcats Arena, Morley Hayes Golf Club, Nottingham Tennis Centre and Nottingham Tennis Centre.

AoC Sport chair, Mark White OBE, told FE Week: "We've had a marvellous weekend at the University of Nottingham at the AoC Sport National Championships.

"I've spent three days watching real enthusiasm and excellence in the students from colleges, who have competed with such passion and such talent. I've enjoyed every minute of it.

"AoC Sport is absolutely committed to supporting sport and physical activity across the entire college sector, and I'm already looking forward to the 2018 National Championships next spring."

The athletes competed across 13 different sports, including football, squash, hockey, basketball and cricket.

AoC Sport Managing Director Marcus Kingwell said: “What a fantastic weekend we've had at this year's National Championships.

"Thanks to the hard work of the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Conferences, Visit Nottinghamshire, volunteers, AoC Sport staff and, of course, the competitors, coaches and college staff, the past three days have been a resounding success.

"Congratulations to all who took part, we're already looking forward to seeing you all again next year."

Andy May, General Manager of Nottingham Conferences who helped organise the Championships, said: “It was great to see so many young people enjoying the huge variety of wonderful facilities we have available here at the University of Nottingham. The standard of competition was incredibly high and it was impressive to see the sportsmanship and professionalism shown by the athletes – they were a credit to their colleges.”

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