We've seen off tough competition to be crowned
'College of the Year 2012' by the prestigious British Colleges
Not only that but our talented sports student,
Keira Ramshaw, also secured the 'Student of the Year' runners-up
spot in the female sporting performance category.
BCS exists to encourage and enable students and
colleges within further education to develop their potential by
providing high quality support and advice.
The annual awards recognise the very best in
sporting achievement and excellence, reflecting British colleges'
commitment to student sport provision, learning and
The judges were impressed by Gateshead College's
contribution to developing opportunities through wider
participation in football, netball, basketball, rugby union and
Attendance at training has been consistently
high over the last year while the college has provided competitive
opportunities for all players, who have been able to build on these
to develop their skills and learning further.
The contribution the college makes towards BCS
across all its teams also stood out and has provided the basis for
continued success for students attending the Academy for Sport at
Gateshead International Stadium.
For instance, every football team entered in the
BCS 2011/12 season won its respective leagues. On a regional level,
the college achieved success in BCS NE competitions through its
athletics, netball, rugby and golf academies while nationally
success has come in winning the women's BCS National Cup for the
first time and the men's U19' and U18 teams won the BCS League
One and League Two.
Hosting events to further regional sport, such
as the first BCS National Track and Field Championships, also
helped the college to award success. The Championships saw 160
competitors from 16 colleges competing in the region for track and
field success, helping the BCS take a significant step forward in
UK athletics provision.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old Keira Ramshaw capped an
outstanding year of achievement at the college awards by scooping
the Student of the Year' runners-up spot in the female sporting
The BTEC Extended Diploma in Coaching
Development and fitness has been a part of the successful Women's
Football Academy but it was her off-field achievements which earned
high praise and a place among the UK's very best college
The caring Sunderland youngster, who's netted 30 times this
season for the women's football team has been devoted to looking
after her ailing grandmother while continuing her studies.
Keira, who has achieved outstanding marks on the diploma course,
is looking forward to completing her studies before embarking on a
career as a gym instructor or coach.
Melanie Reay, women's football coach said: "Keira's not only an
outstanding student but a kind and considerate young person. She
always gives her best and has achieved outstanding results this
"All of this on top of caring for her grandma. Her achievements
on and off the football field have been truly been recognised with
this award. She thoroughly deserves this award and should be very
proud of herself.
"She is also an important member of both Sunderland Women's
Football Club and the national set-up - she was recently named in
the England Women's U19 squad for the UEFA European Championship
Finals in Turkey taking place in July.
Sport Academy manager, Lewis Pendleton said "Winning the college
of the year is a huge achievement and thanks go to everyone who has
helped us to win this prestigious award.
"We are committed to BCS and equipping our North East students
with skills, confidence and enthusiasm for success in their future
sports careers whether as players or working behind the scenes.
"This is reflected by our contribution to BCS through working in
partnership with other local colleges, mentoring them to try to
improve their own sports provision and curriculum and develop their
status as sports colleges."