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Team Dudley Sport Newsletter Issue 3 – February 2011

Team Dudley – Sport for the next generation February has been an exciting month for our sports students and volunteers as Dudley has been at the heart of organising and competing in a number of sports across the entire region. This newsletter is dedicated to the success and hard work of all of the athletes and volunteers that have ensured Dudley College is at the forefront of Sport across the West Midlands.

Volunteers lead the way 15 Dudley College students helped to run the annual West Midlands 5 a side tournament. The group who are part of the leadership programme at the college ensured the BCS competition ran smoothly on Wednesday 16th February. The group were set tasks with the biggest headache being organising fixtures for the 21 male teams and 16 female teams that entered from around the region. The group ensured that risk assessments were carried out at the Goals soccer venue as well as setting out a designated officials and team managers room. Many of the volunteers are studying to become football coaches so the experience of running a tournament will be invaluable as they look for work in community and schools programmes. The students organised themselves on to pitches to work alongside officials and team managers for the duration of the day ensuring all parties received information throughout the tournament. Two of the students who are qualified referees even officiated in the girls section of the competition.

BCS Regional Championships - Lilleshall A team of 50 students competed in a number of sports at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. The Dudley students took part in Volleyball, Cross Country, Table tennis and Badminton. The Dudley students faired well in all disciplines with a 3rd place finish in both the male and female cross country team events. The stand out runners being Shaun Barnsley finishing 12th in a very strong field and Lyndsey Glover 13th in the female category. A real positive of the event was the fact that Dudley students actually helped organise and marshall the event. The seven students assisted Phil Steele (Dudley College endurance coach) and Rob Elkin (Fesco) to ensure that the event ran smoothly. Rob was delighted with the Young Leaders efforts and many staff from visiting colleges acknowledged the leadership qualities shown by the Dudley students. The volleyball teams showed great determination and some fine play with the girls beating both Newcastle and Stafford and the lads beating a strong Birmingham Met side.

Dudley College Girls volleyball team

Young Leaders who organised X Country event

The day finished with a real positive with Dudley qualifying for the National finals in April. Mitchell Blackham and Jessica Taylor will represent the region in table tennis whilst Dan Richards and Simon Lovell will take part in the men’s trampoline competition. Sports Development Manager Simon King praised the student’s efforts. “We have had a great couple of weeks of competition in terms of numbers participating and to have students qualify for the National Championships for the 4th successive year shows that Dudley College is attracting excellent athletes and helping to establish us as a major sporting force in the West Midlands.”

BCS 5 a side football results MEN









RESULT group runners up

RESULT 3rd in group


BCS 5 a side report It was a mixed day for the college 5 a side teams as the boys had an off day and by their own admission under achieved with the girls having their most successful tournament to date.

Male team After a devastating destruction of Worcester College, complacency crept in and a poor performance saw the boys lose out to local rivals Stourbridge before an even worse performance against NE Worcestershire as we went down 4-3. A positive response saw the boys bounce back with a 6-1 win against Hereford but it wasn’t enough to see us through to the next stage of the competition.

Female team The girls had their best 5 a side tournament to date reaching the quarter finals. An excellent start saw the team dispatch Bourneville 11-0. The girls were then made to pay for sloppy finishing and lost by two goals to Stoke Sixth Form. A victory was needed in the last game to ensure that they made it through to the next stage. The girls held their nerve putting 6 goals past North East Worcestershire. A quarter final draw against reigning champions Birmingham Met stood in the way for the team. A gutsy display saw a really tight first half and the girls holding BMET 1-1 at the interval. A few changes and tired legs eventually saw the game slip away and the girls knocked out. This competition shows just how far the team has travelled as the BMET coaches praised the Dudley girls and felt we were the only team that gave them a real test.

Football coaches achieve their FA Level 2 coaching certificate

Dudley College NVQ Level 3 students have completed their FA Level 2 coaching qualifications as part of their course programme. The successful group pictured below have been working hard with local schools and clubs to develop their coaching skills. The group have had to complete a training week with FA tutors Stewart Hall and Tom Stack from Birmingham Football Development Scheme. NVQ tutor Simon King has been really pleased with the student’s progress. “All of the students thoroughly enjoyed their training week and have worked hard to build their portfolio and gain coaching experience. To be completing and achieving these types of qualifications at a young age is testament to how hard the students have worked. This qualification will now provide the group with great opportunities in to paid employment as well as running their own junior teams.”

Pictured above: NVQ Level 3 Football group who have all recently passed their FA Level 2 Coaching Certificate

To find out more contact: Simon King Sports Department Dudley College The Broadway Dudley DY1 4AS Email: Telephone: 01384 363262

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