Trials Announced For Exciting New Sports Scholarship

Wed, 2000-11-15 00:00

East Durham College, which has its Houghall Campus in Durham City, is inviting 16 and 17 year old boys, with exceptional talent or potential in rugby or football, to attend trials on Wednesday 27th April 2011.

Potential stars of the future will be in with a chance of gaining a place at the College’s new unique Durham Academy of Sport on their Elite Athlete Scholarship Programme - which has been created to support athletes that may have just missed out or slipped through the net at a professional club.

The scholarship programme, which will be based at the Houghall Campus, starting in September 2011, will provide successful applicants with an attractive package of incentives and support - along with expert coaching and guidance from the Academy’s coaching team of ex-professionals.

They will also receive training in sports nutrition, performance analysis and sports science and psychology.

Successful scholarship winners will be enrolled on to a Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport which progresses over a possible 2 years onto the Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence), which is equivalent to three A Levels. Scholars will also gain sports coaching and officiating awards.

College Principal Stuart Wesselby explained: “We wanted to create a scholarship that would attract, and reward, the best of the region’s young elite athletes and provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop their sporting skills and performance - whist still getting a qualification.”

Another major bonus is that we are looking to work closely with Durham University, with a view to increase the opportunities available to the scholarship students to progress on to the University.

The scholars will also benefit from the College’s links with professional sports organisations in the UK and indeed overseas.

The students will have access to the Academy’s in-house physiotherapy service and prehabilitation training to helping them avoid sport injuries or speed up recovery.

Liam Gumbrill, Head of Rugby Coaching and the Scholarship Programme Leader, added: “There are only 20 places available for football and 20 for rugby - so this really is an exclusive programme.”

To be eligible to apply you must be aged 16 or 17 on or before 1st September 2011. You should be county standard or above; selection is via a trial. You will also need to have/get four GCSEs at grade C or above.