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.

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.”

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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.”

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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.