East Durham College Students To Represent The North East

Thu, 01/03/2001 - 00:00

A group of local college students are celebrating following their success at the recent trials for the North East College’s football and rugby squads.

East Durham College footballer Tanya Shires, aged 19 from Newton Aycliffe, was selected for the North East College’s under 19s women’s football squad following trails at Darlington QE.

Tanya, who was named College Student of the Year for 2010/11, has been a student at the College for over 2 years now, first studying on the BTEC in Sports and Exercise Science and then progressing on to the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching.

“Coming to this College has given me excellent opportunities for my future career and also the development of my football. I’m thrilled to make the squad,” Tanya said.

Kurt Seymour, aged 17 from Ferryhill, tasted trial success too for the men’s squad. Kurt, who plays in centre midfield, is part of the Durham Academy of Sport Elite Football Scholarship run at the College’s Houghall Campus.

Kurt said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be through to the next round. It’s what I have been working towards since I started in the Academy - it’s like a dream come true.”

Head of Football Ian McGuckin said: “I’m delighted for Kurt and Tanya. Both students are a credit to the College, on and off the field.

East Durham College rugby also had great success with 6 players from the College’s Rugby Scholarship Programme making the North East College’s Squad.

They will now go on to play the North West, with the hope of being picked for the North of England and then ultimately hoping to make it all the way through to represent England Colleges.

Scholarship student Cameron Toole, aged 16 from Chester-le-Street, remarked: “I’m really enjoying the programme and am developing my rugby skills all the time.” Liam Riley, aged 18 from Newcastle, added: “This is definitely one of the best places to develop your rugby, the coaches are top class.”

The Head of Elite Sport Liam Gumbrill said: “I’m really proud of everyone and am sure we are helping coach some stars of the future."

To enrol on the programme you will need to be aged 16 or 17 on or before 1st September 2012. You will need to be county standard or above; selection is via a trial. You will also need to get four GCSEs at grade C or above.