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Who is the Centre for Sport available to?

The York College Centre for Sport offers students at York College three different elements to combine College life and sport. Within the Centre for Sports, College students can access the below areas:

  • Performance Sports
  • Competition Sports
  • Enrichment Sports & Fitness.
Performance Sports

This area is for talented student-athletes aged 16 to 19 who want the opportunity to combine a full-time outstanding education programme with high-quality coaching in one of our Performance Sport teams.

These teams are competing at the highest level nationally within AoC Sport leagues and have an expectation to challenge in both league and cup competitions. They have a proven track record of success, as well as supporting students to achieve high-level exit routes such as becoming a professional in their sport (including playing, coaching or officiating) and/or attaining sports scholarships to higher education institutes.

Our Performance Sports have outstanding links with local partners who support and enhance our delivery. The whole York College football programme runs in partnership with York City Football Club. Both the Men's and Women's football follow the framework of a professional club whilst still accommodating a full-time education programme. Every football coach is UEFA qualified and actively working in academy football.

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    Competition Sports

    This area is for students who want to supplement their educational journey by competing at a regional level with one of our competition teams. Our Competition Sports teams take part in AoC Sport regional level competitions either weekly or monthly. Although these teams will be competing in college sports leagues, the emphasis for these teams is to develop and improve students who will continue this sport at a participation level alongside their next steps into employment or further/higher education.

    The teams on offer here are:

    • Men's Basketball
    • Women's Netball
    • Men's Rugby League
    Enrichment Sports & Fitness

    This area is open to all College students, offering them a chance to take part in a range of sports and fitness-based enrichment activities. Using both our students and staff we aim to develop a weekly schedule that would help contribute to improving the physical and mental wellness of our staff and students.

    This will encompass the fitness element of enrichment and provide access to the Athletic Suite, using our personal training students to offer a free personal training service along with creating exercise classes and a sports activities timetable.

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    How does the education and sport mix work?

    Every student accepted on to our Performance Sports and Competition Sports teams is required to undertake a full-time programme of educational study. This is organised to fit in with regular training and coaching. Students may study across the full range of courses offered at the College, (subject to Vocational pathways' timetables and excluding Apprenticeships) and results demonstrate success in both exams and coursework. Attendance and satisfactory progress on the educational programme is monitored regularly, and all the Centre for Sport members are expected to work equally hard on this aspect as well as their coaching and training. York College wants every player to attain academic success as well as sporting achievement.

    What could it lead to?

    Successful involvement in any of the Performance Sport programmes will provide opportunities to progress into: careers in professional/semi-professional sport (this is only for those who show exceptional development), coaching, refereeing, work in sport and recreation, further and higher education, overseas coaching and possible scholarships.

    To apply,

    just complete the section on the full-time application form.

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