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.”

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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.

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Sports Academy and Yorkshire Sport Foundation team up for Ambassador Scheme

Barnsley Sports Academy is working in conjunction with Yorkshire Sport Foundation to help deliver its Further Education Ambassador Scheme.

The scheme is designed to identify students who want to pursue a career in Sports Development and Coaching, and work with them to encourage other students, who are not as active in sport, to participate on a regular basis.

Debra Cummins, Development Manager at Yorkshire Sport Foundation, encourages 14-19 year olds to become more active.

Debra said: “We are really trying to put young people at the heart of the programme.

“Ambassadors are tasked with finding out what kind of activities students at the College would like to do, what the barriers are which might prevent them from participating and then we support them with a little bit of funding to get sessions going.

“At Barnsley College they’ve done a tremendous job. They run a number of different activities through the programme such as football, netball, tchoukball and dodgeball and they do inclusive work for students with a disability.

“The scheme gives students real sports development experience such as project and budget planning, but also it benefits the well-being of the students involved.

“The scheme gets students active. It can help them with their mental health, social and team-working skills and can just provide them with a bit of a break from their studies so they can recharge and refresh.”

In conjunction with the Ambassador Scheme, Yorkshire Sport Foundation has created the ‘College Games’ which will be held on Wednesday 27 March.

The Games, which involves six colleges from across South Yorkshire, will be led by students from Barnsley College who will have control over the organisation of the event.

Debra said: “Students from Barnsley College will organise everything from the sports to the risk assessment. It promises to be an enjoyable day and a great experience for the events management students.”

Amanda Sowerby, Physical Activity and Sport Co-ordinator at Barnsley College, is liaising with Yorkshire Sport Foundation and students to help plan the event.

Amanda added: “On the day Barnsley College students will also compete in 7-a-side football, badminton, volleyball and dodgeball games.

“These are participation games, it is a great opportunity for students to perform and challenge their body and mind.”

Debra said: “We are delighted to work with Barnsley Sports Academy who continue to support the development of sport and young people. The facilities at the College are fantastic and they are utilised really well.

“It’s not just using those facilities for the students who participate in sport, but it’s great to see they utilise those facilities for the less active.

“The staff and students have a real understanding of the project and the students they want to target.”

To find out more about the Ambassador Scheme and the College Games on Wednesday 27 March contact Amanda Sowerby on or Debra Cummins on

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.”


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