UNITY College’s sporting teams are enjoying great success.
Football is at an all-time high.
Last season’s Under 12s won up the Burnley Schools’ Cup trophy, Burnley Football Club trophy, as well as the prestigious Lancashire Schools’ Cup.
The Under 13s, 14s and 15s all made it through to the final of the Burnley Schools’ Cup but narrowly lost in each.
This season has seen the success continue, as the new crop of footballers have taken over where the others left off.
The current Under 12s have just qualified from the Lancashire Cup group stages, beating Shuttleworth and Blessed Trinity to top spot.
They have also won the right to represent Burnley in the English Schools’ five-a-side tournament, beating Blessed Trinity and Hameldon in the process.
The Under 13s juggernaut continues to gather pace having just booked themselves into the quarter-finals of the Lancashire Cup and more impressively into the last 64 in the English Schools’ Cup, which started with nearly 800 teams.
All year groups are still in contention to win the Burnley Schools’ League, and for the first time you can keep up to date with results and fixtures at www.leaguewebsite.co.uk/burnleyschools
Unity are currently hosting and running the website, and if any local business would like to advertise of sponsor the league, please contact Stuart Booth on 683010 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The netball leagues are also looking for individuals or companies to sponsor their leagues on the same site.
The current Year 8 football team will be going to Disneyland in Paris this Easter to play in a European tournament, as the champions of Burnley and Lancashire take on the rest of the world!
The team are looking for donations and sponsors to help the team get a new kit, and again, if anyone is interest in helping, please contact Stuart Booth.
In girls’ football, Unity’s Under 13s narrowly missed out on reaching the fifth round of the English Schools’ Cup, defeated by a team from Wakefield.
But they won the six-a-side npower League at Burnley Football Club against all the other town schools and will now play against Ribblesdale to see who goes through to represent Burnley.
The Under 14s girls are still in the Lancashire Cup and will play St Bede’s from Blackburn in the next Round.
The Under 12s girls are also in the Lancashire Cup and will play Shuttleworth College in the next round.
Unity is in it’s second year of rugby, and is very much an emerging school in this sport.
Last year the school struggled with fixtures, with few available schools to play, but this year was totally different.
Between Year 7, 8 and 9 there have around 20 fixtures organised, including the Emerging Schools’ tournaments in Preston, entering the Ribble Valley League and other friendlies.
This year the Year 7 squad secured third place in the Emerging Schools’ tournamen.
Burnley Rugby Club have provided great support over the last two years, assisting with training and refereeing matches when required.
This has resulted in Unity College students joining the local rugby club.
Recently Unity College players scored both tries in a very even match against Fleetwood to emerge 10-5 victors.
In total Unity College now have approximately 10 current students and 16 ex-students representing Burnley Rugby Club from 11 - 17 years of age.
In basketball, Unity have two teams representing the school in the Lancashire Cup this year.
The Year 10 team who recently won the Burnley Schools’ competition will begin their Lancashire Cup campaign against St Wilfred’s from Blackburn.
In the recently Burnley Schools’ competition, the Year 10 team beat all the other Burnley schools, and the Year 9 team finished second, losing narrowly to Shuttleworth.
Unity also has a netball team in each year.
The league is still ongoing and each team is still in the contention for the Burnley Schools’ title.
At the recent Year 11 Burnley Schools’ tournament, Unity came a respectable second.