Students and staff, dressed in their finest outfits, came together for the annual Sports College graduation evening last Friday at the Eco-Power Stadium, to celebrate another incredible academic year.
They celebrated the end of the 2022/23 academic year with a 2 course meal, a look back on the achievements from the year and concluded with an awards ceremony.
First up on the awards ceremony, were the awards for the player of the season within the academy teams. Nathan Bradley won the Development Squad Academy player of the season, with Harry Westron being named CDSC Mens Academy player of the season for the second team.
Ruby Connell obtained the Women’s Academy player of the season, with Bailey Willard receiving the player of the season for the Men’s Academy first team.
Matthew Thompson won the biggest award of the night and new for the 2023 graduation, the Commitment to Excellence Award.
Awards were also given out for student of the year for each form group and both English and Maths qualifications. Take a look at the list of winners below:
Student of the Year Awards
Year 12 Level 2 (Kyle’s Form)
Year 12 Level 2 (Craig/Dave’s Form)
Year 13 Level 3 (Will’s Form)
Year 12 Level 3 (Courtney’s Form)
Year 12 Level 3 (Emma’s Form)
Year 12 Level 3 (Chaneice/Brad/Emily’s Form)
Year 13 Level 3 (Ben/Nathan’s Form)
Alongside the academic learning, students enjoyed a range of opportunities and initiatives throughout the year. From educational stadium tours at Manchester City, to inspirational talks from Doncaster Rovers players & a world champion boxer, residential trip and community social action with the Youth Engagement team and annual football events such as Varsity, Form Cup and Christmas Cup.
Not forgetting, the highly anticipated 2-week Erasmus+ Utrecht Sports Tour, which gave students the opportunity to play international friendlies, gain vital work experience coaching and officiating local Utrecht grassroots teams and get to experience and learn about the local culture within Holland.
Awards were also collected on the night for Erasmus+ Tour Outstanding Performance for both women’s and men’s team. Emily Bell, who scored a fantastic solo goal during the tour, won the outstanding performance award for the women, with Ben Barton securing the outstanding performance award for the men, following his excellent leadership within the group.
Sports College principal, Adi Turnpenny, spoke about the academic year, saying, “It’s been another brilliant year where the students have represented Club Doncaster Sports College fantastically well.
“Alongside working hard on their qualifications they have had some amazing experiences including a trip to Holland, talks from professional athletes, and work experience at the Rugby League World Cup.
“The Graduation has been a wonderful celebration of the year’s achievements.”
Applications for the Sports College are now closed for the 2023/24 academic year, as they are now at full capacity. Applications for the 2024/25 academic year will be opening up later on this year. Keep an eye out on our social media channels for the announcement.
If you want to take a look at the courses that are on offer at the Sports College and take a look at the prospectus, you can visit www.clubdoncastersportscollege.co.uk!