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.





First annual HE Sport Research Conference a success

Last week our HE students held their first ever Research Conference at the Honeywell Sports Village.

Staff and students had the opportunity to speak with our HE Sport students and find out more about their dissertations and research projects.

Students presented a wide variety of research topics within Sport including disability football, mental health and how sport can be used to relieve exam pressure.

Coaching and Sports Development student Alex Sawyer said: “It’s been a brilliant opportunity for everyone to showcase their different ideas.

“It’s interesting to see how people perceive sport and it’s great to see people shine a light on aspects of sport that are less focused on.”

Alex presented his research linked to the marketing of disability football.

BA (Hons) Sport, Physical Education and Health student Hannah Robinson said: “It’s been a good opportunity to explore other research methods students are using to get an idea of how they used their data analysis. Seeing how other people are doing their research is a great way to learn.”

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Hannah’s research focuses on how physical exercise can help with exam pressure.


Dan Connolly, Sport Higher Education Pathway leader, added: “We are proud to have held our first ever research conference. It’s been a great day and a great experience for our Higher Education students.

“The feedback they’ve received from staff and fellow students will hopefully help them improve their dissertations and research projects moving forward.”

Are you interested in studying HE Sport at Barnsley College? For more information on the sports courses we offer visit, 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.

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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.”

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Apprenticeship Update

Last week was #NAW2019 which celebrated the skills and experience that can be gained from doing an apprenticeship. We caught up with our Sport Apprentices to see how they’ve been getting on…

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Chris Wilson has enjoyed success coaching Primary School pupils. (Picture credit – Penistone ST Johns Primary School)

Level 2 Community Activator Coach apprentice Chris Wilson has been working with Penistone St Johns Primary School. As part of his apprenticeship he is tasked with improving sport within the school. This includes boosting the pupil’s physical education provision through trips, visits and after school clubs. Above he is pictured with the Year 3 and 4 football team at an all-girls South Yorkshire finals event which they won!

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Aiden Tyas is thriving as a Personal Trainer. (Picture credit –


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Action shot – Aiden has started Pilates sessions on a Tuesday evening at the Honeywell Campus. (Picture credit –

Aiden Tyas is a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Sports Development apprentice. Aiden runs his own personal training company and recently held his first Pilates session at the Honeywell Campus. The session went down well with the members!


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Michael is the owner of FUNdamental Football Coaching based in Barnsley. (Picture credit – Michael Woodhall).

Michael Woodhall is one of our newest apprentices enrolled on a Level 3 Community Sport and Health Officer Apprenticeship. Michael is now running his own football coaching sessions and enhancing his knowledge by assisting Sheffield United football coaches and delivering Primary School PE at Burton Road Primary School.

Finally, Seth Housley and Gasan Gindra from the Barnsley Combat Academy are enrolled on our Level 2 Community Activator Coach Apprenticeship. Whilst Tommy Crossland, also from the Combat Academy, is studying a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Sport Development. These apprentices deliver martial-arts training and often compete internationally in Kickboxing.

If you’re interested in studying an apprenticeship, visit, email or telephone 01226 216 123.



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






BSA Basketball Academy showing signs of improvement

Our Basketball Academy has recorded an impressive 64-32 victory over Thomas Rotherham College.

Having suffered defeat to Leeds City College before half-term, the team were eager to bounce back and move up the league table.

The Academy started with intensity, implementing a fast-paced style which saw them end the first quarter with a 20-10 lead.

Captain Calin Lacobescu and DJ Njoh entered the game for the second quarter and their experience was immediately evident as they combined for the team’s first 12 of 18 second quarter points.

As BSA went into half-time leading 38-17, coach Aiden Appleyard warned his players against complacency whilst urging them to build a larger lead.

However, Thomas Rotherham College came out showing fight and the third quarter was their most successful of the game where they scored 32 points.

Nevertheless, the experience of Lacobescu proved fruitful as he took control of the team to ensure the lead was only reduced by one point at the end of the quarter.

With the lead still intact going into the final quarter, Appleyard set the team a target of building a 30-plus lead and maintaining it until the end of the game.

The team came out great defensively, preventing the opposition from scoring a single point in the 10 minute period.

Kieran Taylor capped off a great offensive team performance, becoming the last player on the scoresheet to ensure everybody contributed to the final score in an impressive victory.

Lacobescu said: “We worked hard to improve in training and it showed today. We are now moving the ball better and running our offensive sets to get open looks.”

Coach Aiden Appleyard added: “I’m really proud of the team today, they showed that they are improving week in, week out.”

We will give you the opportunity to combine your passion for Basketball with your studies

You don’t have to study sport to join our Basketball Academy. We are always looking to recruit new players. If you are interested please contact Luke Forgione by calling 01226 216 387 or emailing



Higher Education Sport students visit London

Our HE students enjoyed a fun and productive trip to London last week.

The four-day trip was packed with a variety of different activities in the capital.

Students visited Wembley Stadium, the Olympic Stadium, the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum and notable landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.

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In the dugout – HE students at Wembley Stadium

The trip was designed for students to experience sport in terms of Stadia, regeneration and redevelopment, whilst gaining and appreciation for London and its culture.

Dan Connolly, HE Pathway Leader, said: “It was a really good visit, where students experienced something far different to their everyday life.

“Students conducted themselves excellently throughout the visit and were a credit to the College, it was a pleasure to supervise the trip.”

Daniel Guest, Level 6 Sport, Physical Education and Health student, added: “The Olympic Stadium gave us an overview of the lasting legacy left by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“It was great to see everyone enjoying the trip together, it was an amazing trip that provided so many great memories and experiences.”

Corey Hurley, a Level 5 Sport student, said: “I had a great time, it was brilliant to have some fun, learn the history of London and visit some historic sights.”


Sport wasn’t just the focus – the students enjoyed a trip to the Royal Museum

Jason Littlewood, a Level 5 Sport student, said: “I’ve come back from the trip with a sense of belonging and the realisation that it is important to take all the opportunities offered to us whilst studying.”

Are you interested in Higher Education? We have 100% overall student satisfaction in Sport for Academic Support, Teaching and Organisation as indicated by the National Student Survey 2018.  For more information: