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Academic and sporting achievements recognised at Sport Awards

Monday 19 July 2021

Selby College’s sport department celebrated the successes of its students and sports teams at its end of year awards night.

Sports and Public Services staff and students ended the academic year on a high with an awards presentation held at Selby Rugby club, with a number of students taking home awards for their academic and sporting achievements.

The evening’s proceedings were kicked off with speeches from the College’s Men’s Football 1st Team Captain Harry Jackson and its 2nd Team Captain Sam Gibbons, highlighting their favourite sporting moments from the past year.

The awards ceremony followed shortly after this with Sport Lecturers Alex Bell, Carla Cantrell, Katie Brash, Gabriel Horgan, Matthew Duck and Rich Burgess, presenting the accolades to the following individuals:

Men’s 1st Team Football - Presented by Matthew Duck

  • Player’s Player: Harry Jackson
  • Manager’s Player: Blake Ledger

Men’s 2nd Team Football - Presented by Rich Burgess

  • Player’s Player: Hyrum Ledley-Yoward
  • Manager’s Player: Aaron Ward

Women’s Football – Presented by Alex Bell

  • Outstanding Contribution: Rachel Newman & Jessica Cullip
  • Manager’s Player: Lucy Moate

Women’s Netball - Presented by Alex Bell

  • Player’s Player: Tyla Faron
  • Manager’s Player: Mollie Wilson

Academic Achievement Award - Presented by Gabriel Horgan

  • Level 3 Sport & Exercise Science – Beth Wilson
  • Year 2 Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport – Sam Gibbons
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Exercise Science – Jamie Barker

Academic Development Award - Presented by Alex Bell

  • Level 3 Sport & Exercise Science – Elliott Parris
  • Year 1 Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport – Sam Coward
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Exercise Science – Lucy Moate

The Men’s Football 1st Team also took home the ‘Team of the Year’ shield, after what has been an outstanding season for them in the AoC Yorkshire & Humber Men’s League. The award was presented to the team by Curriculum Manager Carla Cantrell and their coach Matthew Duck, who was extremely proud of the team’s achievements after what has been a disruptive year due to Covid-19.

2nd Team Captain Sam Gibbons was also presented with the ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ award by his coach and tutor, Rich Burgess, who described Sam as an “enthusiastic and dedicated player who captures the spirit of a true team captain”.

Competition for the award was tough, with students Aidan Harding, Beth Wilson and Matthew Pooley also nominated for the accolade.

“I really didn’t expect to win the Sports Personality of the Year award. This is the first season I have played for my College Football team and I now regret not playing sooner. From training, to our coach journeys for our away games to playing at home, I’ve loved every minute of it - regardless of whether we have won or lost. This is because of the great team mates and tutors that I am surrounded by, especially our team coach Rich.”

Sam Gibbobs, Year 2 Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport student
Mens Football 1st Team Captain Harry Jackson left with Team of the Year award and 2nd Team Captain Sam Gibbons right with Sports Personality of the Year award
Mens Football 1st Team Captain Harry Jackson left with Team of the Year award and 2nd Team Captain Sam Gibbons right with Sports Personality of the Year award

This marks the department’s seventh Sport Awards, with last year’s event being cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

“We’re extremely pleased that we were able to go ahead with the event this year after what has been an extremely challenging time for our students. Despite the hurdles they have faced and the disruption to their education, they have put their all into their studies and sporting teams. It’s fantastic to be able to recognise and celebrate their hard work and successes all together, ending the year on a high.”

Matthew Duck, Sports Development Officer at Selby College and Event Organiser
Beth Wilson pictured with her Academic Achievement Award
Beth Wilson pictured with her Academic Achievement Award

In line with current Covid-19 guidance, staff and students were able to enjoy a safe and Covid-secure evening, with group bubbles, social distancing and mask-wearing in place.