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Celebrating Another Year of Sporting Success at Selby College


The Selby College Sports department has once again celebrated a successful year for its students and Sports teams at its sixth annual Sports Awards ceremony, held at Selby Rugby Club.

Sports staff and students took part in a Q&A session with players Chris Green and Joe Westerman from the College’s Rugby League partners Hull FC and enjoyed a formal three-course meal before the presentation of the Awards.

Subject Area Manager for Sport, Carla Cantrell, kicked off proceedings by welcoming everyone to the evening and reviewing the successes of all of the staff and students throughout the academic year. Highlights throughout the year have included Higher Education student Sophie Dales’ recent win for the Young Volunteer Award at the Yorkshire Women Volunteer Awards, numerous trips and visits including the European Football Tour which saw 28 Sport students visiting PSV Eindhoven FC for coached sessions, not forgetting the department’s male Futsal team reaching the FA People’s Cup final at St George’s Park in April after winning two regional qualifiers.

Sports Development Officer and Coach Matthew Duck presented the first awards of the evening to the First Male Football Team who played in the AoC Yorkshire & Humber Men’s League. He summarised his time as Coach of the team by comparing himself to Man United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer! Matthew presented the trophy for Players’ Player to Cameron Crowder, the Manager’s Player award to Harry Kelly, and Captain Liam Houston was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution trophy.


Next up were the Second Male Football Team awards, presented by Sports Lecturer and Coach Rich Burgess. In his speech Rich said how impressed he had been by the dedication and number of players involved over the year, with more than 30 players training on a regular basis. The Players’ Player Award was presented to John Waddingham, with Adam Betts taking the trophy for Manager’s Player. Captain Robbie Linley was winner of the award for Outstanding Contribution.

Women’s FA Football Apprentice Ruby Oates then introduced the Women’s Football awards, congratulating the team on a strong season. Ruby presented the Players’ Player Award to Ellie Sutton, Scarlett Howard was awarded the trophy for Manager’s Player, and Captain Alise Hand won the award for Outstanding Contribution for her “unrivalled commitment”.

Sports Lecturer and Coach Amy Hague presented the Women’s Netball Team awards, who said “the players’ desire to succeed and represent Selby College is second to none”. Keen netballer Mollie Wilson picked up the Players’ Player award, with Katie Watson receiving the Manager’s Player Award. Charlotte Mustard was then awarded the trophy for Outstanding Contribution.

The final group awards of the evening were for the Male Rugby Team, presented by Hull FC’s Community Rugby Coach Kieren Smith, who said: “It has been a really successful first year with the College and I look forward to continuing to grow the team next year”. Matty Perry was announced as Players’ Player, with Ben Hodder taking home the trophy for Manager’s Player. Jack Roberts was announced as the winner of the Outstanding Contribution award.

Following their success as Runners-Up in the AoC Regional League, the Team of the Year award was presented to the Men’s Football Second Team.

Deputy Principal Liz Ridley presented the final trophy of the night; Sports Personality of the Year. Competition for the award was tough with Ben Hodder, Sophie Dales, Liam Houston and Ellie Sutton all nominated, but it was HE student Sophie Dales who received the trophy, with Carla Cantrell saying she has “one of the best attitudes of any student I’ve ever worked with”.

Sophie is an excellent role model for young people and her fellow peers, promoting the importance of mental health with voluntary exercise sessions alongside her degree studies for BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching and Exercise Science at the College. Over the past five years the determined 22-year-old has both set up and ran her own fitness and well-being sessions. The sessions started with two people in a back garden, but with her determination and ambition to help people physically and mentally, the group now includes 15 members, ranging from 18-50 years old, both men and women. Sophie also arranges charity fundraisers with the group. Her work has made a huge difference to a number of people in the local community.

A huge well done to the Sports department for organising the Awards Ceremony and a special thanks to Hull FC players Chris Green and Joe Westerman for attending the event and providing our students with the opportunity to ask about all the ups and downs of life as a professional athlete. Thank you also to Selby College Students’ Union for their sponsorship of the event and the trophies. 

Published: Thursday 30 May 2019