Sports Academy Summer Bulletin

Celebration Evening

On Tuesday 18 June we held our annual Sport, Public Services and Travel and Tourism Celebration Evening. Students and staff came together to celebrate all the academic and sporting achievements our students have made throughout the year. Congratulations to all our students who went home with an award.

Amanda Sowerby – recipient of this year’s Shane Jackson Award

A special mention goes to our Sport and Physical Activity Co-Ordinator, Amanda Sowerby, who was the recipient of the prestigious Shane Jackson Award. The award is presented to a staff member who has gone beyond the call of duty for the department. Amanda has done a fantastic job in encouraging students from across College to become more physically active. Amanda was also the brains behind the College’s ‘Barnsley Smile’ Race for Life Event which raised over £3,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Esports Open Event

We held a successful Esports Open Event on Wednesday 26 June. Prospective students joined us to learn all about our brand new Esports courses and test out our dedicated Esports arena for the first time.

If you are interested in our Esports provision, get in touch by calling 01226 216 676 or emailing We can arrange a visit for you to see our facilities, check out our arena and learn about our courses.

Student athlete competes in international tournament

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Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science student Sophie Ormrod recently travelled to Luxembourg to take part in a Taekwondo tournament. Sophie won in the first round beating Norwegian opposition, but unfortunately lost in the second round to a Swiss athlete.

Sophie said: “I enjoyed the competition. I had a new coach and I felt my performance was better than earlier in the year. He was very encouraging and it gives me hope for future events this year in Poland and Romania!

“I was pleased to win my first round match, particularly as I was fighting in a new weight category. It was great to have the support of the Elite Sports Bursary that covered my expenses and enabled me to travel to Luxembourg.”

Well done Sophie! The Elite Sports Bursary is part of our commitment in supporting talented College athletes achieve their sporting aims and goals. For more information on how students can apply go to:

Pre-season training

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Preparations are underway for the new College sport season. Football training for both our male and female sides will take place every Monday and Wednesday ahead of the new season – starting Monday 29 July. The male team will train in the morning from 10.00am – 12 noon, whilst the female team will train in the afternoon from 1.00pm – 3.00pm. Both current and prospective Barnsley College students can take part in the training sessions. For more information on how to get involved please contact our Performance and Athlete Development Co-Ordinator, Luke Forgione by emailing

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In addition, we  are running a number of rugby sessions throughout the summer delivered by RFU Rugby coach, Paul Kelly. We have freshly developed a partnership with Sandal RUFC which aims to provide high quality opportunities for young people to participate in Rugby both inside and outside of College. Current and prospective students can book their place by visiting:

Sports Academy teams up with Football DNA

Our Football Academy has teamed up with Football DNA. The partnership will give us access to the latest coaching drills, sports science ideas and strength and conditioning trends within the world of football. You can find out more about Football DNA and what it offers by visiting the website.

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Do you want to find out more about the Barnsley Sports Academy? Our aim is to unite education and sport. If you are a current or prospective Barnsley College or Barnsley Sixth Form College student who is talented in any sporting field, we want to hear from you! Email or call 01226 216 123.





College showcases its Football Academy in head-to-head Cup bout

Barnsley College’s first team will compete for the South Yorkshire Schools Cup trophy after victory over the College’s second team in a unique semi-final derby clash.

The first team came away with both a chance to lift silverware and College bragging rights in a 4-1 win in front of a healthy crowd at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic’s Park Lane ground.

The first team started brightly, taking an early two-goal lead through Spenser Sheppard and a penalty from Callum Walton.

They strengthened their lead just before half-time when Walton grabbed his second of the night.

Picture credit – Colin Fuller

The second team grew into the game after the break and pulled a goal back through a bullet header from Jack Micklethwaite. However, any hopes of a second team comeback were dashed when a cultured strike from Tom Ward found the back of the net.

A late surge from the second team saw Braiden Barrie breakthrough on goal but his looping effort was denied by the crossbar.

Picture credit – Colin Fuller

At the final whistle it was the first team who secured their place in the final.

First Team Coach Luke Forgione said: “For the College it was fantastic to highlight the footballing talent we have under the floodlights at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.

Second Team Coach Kalam Neale added: “It was a great display from both teams and a fantastic advert for local South Yorkshire football.

“We were delighted to have two teams in the last four places of the competition, and we are proud that our town will be represented in the final.”

To find out more about our exciting sports provision…




Sports Academy striker in support of Women’s Football Week

Barnsley Sports Academy striker Betty Cheetham was part of the English Colleges FA Women’s National team that was crowned champion of the 2019 II Cacio E’Rosa in Rome.

Betty and her teammates clinched a 1-0 victory over Welsh Colleges FA in a tense final.

This was the first time the women’s team had competed in the tournament and the girls certainly made their mark in the Italian capital.

Betty said: “It was great to win it, I have never done anything like it before so it was a great experience to be involved in.

“A squad of twenty girls went and everybody got some game time.”

The success of the women’s team coincides with Women’s Football Week, an initiative promoted by English Colleges to raise awareness of women’s football.

Through football Betty has had some great experiences and believes it is important to get more women active in the sport.

She added: “It’s good fun, even at grassroots level it’s great to be part of a team and get to know different people.

“I’ve seen different parts of the world through football and when I play I feel a lot better, fitter and healthier.”

Betty is part of our female Football Academy which narrowly lost 5-4 to Tyne Met College to finish runners-up in the English Colleges FA Premier Division- the top division of Further Education football.

Regan Rooke, female Football Apprentice, said: “We are proud of their achievements and it highlights our continued commitment to supporting the development of female footballers.

“It just shows how much the female Football Academy has progressed in recent years.”

Betty added: “The training at the Sports Academy is to a high quality. It has definitely improved me as a player.

“Also the environment around the team is good and everybody gets on with each other and enjoys themselves.”


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Squad photo – our female Football Academy is going from strength to strength


You don’t have to study sport to be a part of our Sports Academy. If you are interested in joining our female Football Academy please contact Luke Forgione by calling 01226 216 387 or emailing







What’s been happening?

In football, The male first team beat Newcastle-under-Lyme College on penalties to reach the quarter finals of the ECFA National Cup. Billy Goose struck twice as the team came from two goals behind to take the game to extra time. Two great saves from Connor Hutchinson in the shoot-out sparked great scenes at the end of the game.

Manager Luke Forgione, said: “I’m happy to progress into the last eight. Collectively we were very good in and out of possession. We showed resilience and character to bounce back, I’m pleased with the attitude shown.”

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Team photo- our Male Second Team put in a strong performance 

Our male second team also celebrated victory with a dominant 2-0 win away at Notre Dame College. Goals from Blade Mcnicholas and Dylan Briggs secured the three points.

Manager Kalam Neale, said: “It was a very professional team performance, we controlled the game in possession, even though the opposition tried everything to disrupt our play.

“We pressed quickly out of possession and defended excellently when under pressure in the final stages of the game. A fantastic squad effort from all 16 players.”

The male second team then travelled to Doncaster in the AOC Sport Futsal League. The team won all three games, coming from behind twice to beat Wakefield Colllege 12-5 and South Axholme Football Academy 8-3. The side made it a clean sweep by beating Sheffield College 5-3 in the final game.

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Futsal League- something different for our second team
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The male third team lining up before a 5-4 win over Greenhead College

The male third team recorded back-to-back wins against Greenhead College, beating them 4-3 and 5-4 in successive weeks.

Manager Ritchie Bywater, said: “The team showed a great attitude, we were a lot more comfortable than the scorelines suggest and it was good to come away with the wins.”

Congratulations to all our male footballers!

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An impressive win for our Netball Academy this week

Our Netball Academy put on a strong performance this week. They beat Askham Bryan College 33-26 at home. A great victory for the girls, well done to everyone involved.  Meanwhile, our Basketball Academy lost to Leeds City College and our Female Football Academy were knocked out of the ECFA National Cup. Better luck next time to both teams.


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Betty and Ellie (back row) lining up for English Colleges

In other Sports Academy news, two of our students were selected for English Colleges FA in their Academy Cup encounter with Ipswich Town Women. Ellie Hawcroft captained the side in the first leg and Betty Cheetham scored in the second. Both students will travel to Italy with the English Colleges FA for the Caput Mundi tournament next week. We are incredibly proud of both Ellie and Betty for their continued success.


Our Inclusive Academy had an enjoyable afternoon at a Pan-Disability football tournament

Finally, a huge well done to our Inclusive Academy who took part in an AOC Sport Pan-Disability Football Tournament in Leeds which included our Disability Ambassador Leon Hilmi. Leon’s role is in association with Sheffield & Hallamshire County Football Association. Together we aim to promote and improve disability football. A combined team which involved Barnsley College students were triumphant in the final. A great experience for the students.

Interested in joining our Sports Academy? We provide students with a great platform to achieve both sporting and academic success. For more information contact Luke Forgione on or 01226 216 387.



BSA unlucky in defeat

Our Male First Team suffered a 2-1 defeat away from home against Calderdale this afternoon.

BSA controlled the first 15 minutes and deservedly took the lead, Billy Goose breaking the deadlock.

However, Calderdale responded well to going behind and found the equaliser before half-time.

BSA came out for the second half with purpose, creating a number of chances but they just couldn’t find the back of the net.

The boys were dealt a cruel blow against the run of play. A superb Calderdale strike 25-yards from goal proving to be the winner.

Manager Luke Forgione said: “I’m really pleased with the attitude, work ethic and intensity of our play.

“I’m disappointed we lost, but we could have easily won. Football is all about fine margins and unfortunately it wasn’t our day.”

BSA are in action on Wednesday in the last 16 of the ECFA Cup.

Football League Referee returns to College to give talk to students

Professional Referee Darren England gave an insightful presentation to students today.

Darren, a former student at the College, detailed his journey and shared some advice for our sport students.

Darren opened up on what it takes to pursue a career in sport.

He said: “People see the success, but they don’t see the dedication and work it takes.

“To get where you want to be takes commitment, there will be disappointments along the way, but just keep going and working hard and you’ll get there.”


Darren also gave some advice to aspiring referees, which he highlighted was a tough but rewarding profession.

“Stay focused. There will be games where you are not happy with your performance and others aren’t happy too.

“But stick with it, because the rewards you get far outweigh the lows. Refereeing in the biggest stadiums in the world is the next best view to being a footballer.”


Our Sports Academy runs a unique academy which offers young referees the chance to combine education and officiating.

You can find out more about our sport courses and Referee Academy in the link provided: