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Name: Natalie Henderson

Achievement: First female Newcastle United Academy Coach

Natalie joined the College in 2008 where she successfully studied a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching before successfully completing a Sports Coaching Degree at Northumbria University. Having been a part of the Women’s Football Academy as player Natalie returned to coach the team whilst building up a strong reputation in the area as an up and coming female coach through her work with the Newcastle United Foundation. In 2015 Natalie successfully applied to be the first female Academy coach at Newcastle United.


Name: Danny Horta Darrington

Achievement: Basketball player for Newcastle Eagles

Whilst at TyneMet Danny was a dedicated member of the Men’s Basketball programme. Devoted to being successful off the court as well as on it Danny managed to complete a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (achieved a D*D*D) as well as an additional A Level to ensure that he reached his academic goals. He was accepted to Northumbria University studying aeronautical engineering as well being part of their Men’s Basketball programme at the University. At the beginning of the 2015/16 season Danny has been promoted to the first team roster at the Newcastle Eagles and has a bright future ahead in the game.


Name: Rachael Bland

Achievement: Team Northumbria Basketball player & President / Basketball Scholarship with Lakehead University Thunderwolves in Ontario (Canada)

Rachael joined the College in 2008 to be part of the NESA Basketball Academy. She successfully gained qualifications in Sport both at TyneMet College and Northumbria University before accepting a Basketball scholarship in Ontario Canada with Lakehead University. Rachael later returned to Northumbria University where she currently works for Northumbria Sport and is Women’s president for the Basketball programme.


Name: Joseph Danquah

Achievement: PE coordinator Byker Primary School

Joseph joined TyneMet as a student in 2009 and was a huge part of the Men’s Football programme that competed in the Category 1 league in the North of England. Alongside playing Joseph devoted a huge amount of hours to leadership and volunteering in the NESA Coaching Academy and was rewarded for his dedication when appointed as a National Ambassador for the Association of Colleges. Joseph continued his studies through a Sports Degree at the College in partnership with Sunderland University and following some part time employment with Byker Primary School he has now been appointed as a full time sports coach at the school.


Name: GaryLee McMullen

Achievement: Selection for the Northumberland Men’s Senior County Squad

Joining the College in 2013 from John Spence Community High School to receive further support with Badminton, GaryLee studied a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching. Whilst at the College GaryLee represented the College regionally and nationally whilst continuing to progress towards the senior ranks in Northumberland. After leaving TyneMet in 2015 GaryLee is now studying a Sports Degree at Northumbria University and has recently been selected for the Northumberland Men’s Senior County 1st Team where he plays both singles and doubles.

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Men's Football Academy student represents England

Jack Cooper, who is studying on the Football Excellence Programme at TyneMet College, has been selected to play in the England Schools’ U18 Football Squad.

Published: 28 Feb 2017

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The NESA Basketball Academy at TyneMet was excellent and helped me to perfect my skills as well as giving me the confidence to take Basketball to the next level. The coaches involved were great teachers and supported me in my progression to be selected for the Eagles' First Team.

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