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8th August 2018

The Sports department at York College is reflecting on an excellent year of sporting successes by students who have studied a range of courses, as well as former students who have established themselves in the professional sporting world.

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This summer the following students have exciting new sporting opportunities ahead:

  • Former student Ronaldo Vieira transferred to U.C. Sampdoria in a transfer deal with Leeds Utd FC worth £6.2million. Ronaldo was a star player with the York College/i2i Development Centre, leaving in 2015 to start his professional career with Leeds Utd FC. Now aged 20, Ronaldo is firmly established on the international football scene.
  • On leaving York College this summer Reece Kral, aged 18, secured a scholarship at St Louis Community College in Missouri, USA. Reece achieved a Diploma in Sport and was a member of the York College/i2i Football Development Centre. A talented midfielder, he played for Hull City, York City and Goole AFC.
  • Sports Therapy degree student, Lewis Bulmer, is about to start a coveted internship with the Society of Sports Therapists (SST) at York University in Canada in September. Lewis will gain a wealth of experience working with the university’s many sports teams.

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Earlier in the year student successes included:

  • The York College/i2i Men’s Football Development Centre enjoyed great success - both teams won the national League and the first team reached the national final.
  • Harry Sheppeard, aged 19, signed a two-year deal with Sheffield United. Harry studied the Extended Diploma in Sport and was an integral player in the College’s Football Development Centre team.
  • Sport and Exercise students Issie Spray and Zoe Belding played for the York College Football Development Centre Women’s team and were both selected for the English Colleges Football Association National Team (ECFA).
  • Gaz Lee, Head of York College Women’s football was appointed to the ECFA’s national coaching team
  • This year Sport & Exercise Science student Lucy Hadaway won Bronze at the England Under 20 Championships and the British Senior Championships. In 2017 she won Silver for England Schools at the World Championships in France and Bronze at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bermuda. Lucy has huge potential as a long jump athlete and hopes to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games. In the meantime Lucy has applied to study physiotherapy at university.
  • Having been crowned the Yorkshire & Humberside regional champions, the York College Women’s Basketball Team reached the AoC National Sports Championships for the first time in the College’s history. The team was made up of Norwegian students studying at the College.
  • Former students Alfie Beestin continues to play well at Doncaster Rovers, establishing himself in the professional game.
  • Former student Romario Vieira (formerly of Leeds Utd FC) has recently joined Doncaster Rovers League One team.


YC Womens Basketball Team - BEST AoC Sport National Champs V3WEB

These positive student destinations highlight the brilliant work the College achieved over the past 12 months. York College Sports Development Centre Coordinator Gaz Lee says: “Coaching and academic staff wondered if last year’s success could be repeated this year, both on and off the pitch, and yet again past and present students have fulfilled their full potential.

“This level of success is no accident with coaches and tutors working hard to provide the best possible sporting programme for students. The College prides itself on making sure that students achieve their very best and achieve great things - ranging from players progressing to professional football to talented athletes fulfilling their personal ambitions, whilst achieving an outstanding education. Without this team ethic from all involved, past and present, the College wouldn’t be one of the top colleges for sport. The Sports Division cannot wait to see the successes another year will bring.“

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