TyneMet learners compete at AoC Sport National Championships

Members of the North East Sports Academies at Tyne Metropolitan College represented the North East region in the annual AoC Sport National Championships held at the University of Nottingham between Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd April.

The college’s Men’s Football Academy, Badminton learners Emma Burn and Robyn Luckley, and Cross-Country runners Sophie Peacock and Jack Brierley all competed in the respective sports, not only representing the college but the entire region.

The first day saw both Badminton and Men’s Football in action. The Badminton format saw teams compete in five different disciplines each match, Men’s & Women’s singles, Men’s & Women’s doubles and mixed doubles. The North East team were missing two injured players and we unable to compete in the Men’s doubles. Nevertheless, the North East started with one win and one loss from their first two matches, Emma & Robyn winning all the games they competed in. Meanwhile, NESA Men’s Football got off to an unbeaten start in the their tournament, winning one and drawing one on the first afternoon of action. 

On day two, all our athletes were in action, with the cross-country competition taking place on the Saturday morning. Sophie & Jack both finished in the top 50 of their respective races, a fantastic achievement for the Uniformed Service learners. On the Badminton court Emma and Robyn finished the day qualifying for the 7th place play-off after thwo more group games. Meanwhile at the Men's Football tournament, despite a morning of struggle, TyneMet managed to win two and draw one of their five games, heading into the final day with a medal hope.

On the last morning of action the North East Badminton squad won their play-off to finish seventh in the country, well done to both Emma and Robyn. Men's Football had two games remaining on the Sunday morning, drawing their first game before winning the last match of their tournament, but unfortunately due to other results they finished outside of the medal.

A great experience for a number of TyneMet learners at the University of Nottingham.

Marc Nash, Head Coach Men’s Football Academy:

“It was a fantastic achievement for us to reach the AoC National Championships, and we gave an excellent account of ourselves in the competition that featured some of the best college sides in the country.

“To finish fourth in the country, winning the majority of our games and conceding only twice all tournament, is a great effort from the lads who on another day would have finished with a medal.

“All in all the college performed admirably across the whole weekend.”