AoC Sporting Success for student Joel

At this year’s 39th AoC Sport National Championships, top-performing Selby College had 11 students travel to Nottingham to compete in Men’s Football and Tennis, where they battled against athletes from colleges across England and Wales during the three-day event.

The Association of Colleges’ Sport National Championships are a celebration of competitive sport, providing recognition, fun and an exciting opportunity for students to compete. They also remain the largest annual student sporting event in the UK, with more than 1600 college students taking part at the 2017 tournament.

This was the second time the college had reached the Nationals, following the Women’s Volleyball team appearance at the finals in 2015. Events took place across 13 different sports – including tennis, 7-a-side football, badminton and indoor cricket.

The Yorkshire and Humber team for 2017 featured a strong squad with representatives from 12 different colleges, following a mid-table sixth place finish last year.

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science student and talented tennis player Joel Hancox qualified for the Championships after winning the Men’s Singles Tennis Tournament at the AoC Regional Yorkshire and Humber competition at York University back in October. The former Barlby High School student won the regional competition by only giving away one point to his opponent from Sheffield College in the final and only losing a total of 3 points throughout the whole Tournament.

This year’s AoC National Championships took place between the 21st and 23rd April at the University of Nottingham, and 17-year-old Joel was delighted to finish in 4th place as part of the Regional Tennis Team.

Selby College’s Men’s First Football Team also represented the region at the Championships after coming top in the regional 7-a-side competition, beating off fierce competition from Barnsley College and Wyke College to safely secure their position as league winners, conceding only two goals on route against some solid opposition. The team were proud to represent their region and came 8th overall at the Nationals in Nottingham.

Selby College’s Sports Development Officer, Ed Grady said: "The students were a credit to Selby College and Yorkshire and the Humber, competing against the very best in the country. Now we have had a taste of competing at this level we will be trying our best to return again next year."

Published: Monday 22 May 2017