College add to sporting successes in rugby and golf

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Burnley College’s Rugby team and Golf Academy have adding to the season’s successes for the Football and Basketball Academies.

The rugby team won the Lancashire Rugby College Cup at Blackburn Rugby Club.

The team (pictured) beat Cardinal Newman in the semi-finals, before beating Hutton Grammar School 14-0 in the final.

Burnley College Coach Andrew Roberts, a former Preston Grasshoppers player, said: “We played five games in the tournament, scoring 40 points and conceding none.

“This shows how well the boys play as a team and how disciplined they are.

“They displayed a great belief and proved, in our first season as a team, how it is possible to achieve what may seem impossible.”

Brian Foley, Rugby Consultant at Burnley College, added: “It was an outstanding team effort from the boys which helped us to win this competition, but special credit must go to the try scorers Matthew Crawley, Conrad Hill, Richard Kew and Lewis Allen, who was recently selected for the North of England Colleges team.”

The College’s rugby team is made up of a combination of union and league players, many of whom play for local sides including Rossendale, Burnley, Colne and Nelson and Blackburn Rugby Union clubs and West Craven Warriors, Leyland, Todmorden, Keighley and Rochdale Rugby League clubs.

It is coached by Sports Lecturer Roberts and consultant Foley, who set up the academy system at Wigan Warriors and helped to produce a number of players who have gone on to play for Premier League Union and League teams.

A total of 26 players who played in this season’s international Six Nations competition have also come through the Academy established by Brian.

Meanwhile, the college’s Golf Academy has won the Lancashire Schools’ competition.

A Level student Curtis Clarkin, who has been selected to represent the North West in the North of England Schools Championships in Newcastle later this year, won the competition held at Nelson Golf Club.

Extended Diploma in Sports Studies student Ben Short came second.

Combined with the results of the other two Academy players, Extended Diploma in Sports Studies students Niall Ormerod and Scott Byrom, the College also won the overall team award.

Burnley College Sixth Form Centre Programme Leader for Sport, Brad Pates said: “We are delighted with the individual and team performances of the Golf Academy who were playing against the best students from colleges and schools across Lancashire.

“The Academy trains at Nelson Golf Club each week under the guidance of a PGA professional and their knowledge of the course paid off in this competition.”

Sports Academy students are able to pursue their chosen sport while studying on one of the Ofsted graded outstanding academic programmes at the College’s Sixth Form Centre.

Students at the academies make full use of the high specification facilities at the Princess Way campus and also the facilities of professional clubs.

In addition to the Golf Academy, Burnley College also runs Basketball, Football and Netball academies.