Gateshead College has been awarded silver in the British Council
Award for Innovative International Collaboration in the Podium
The Podium Awards is a prestigious one-off celebration
recognising the vital role colleges and universities across the UK
have played in delivering the London 2012 Games.
We were given the award for our collaborative work with
Gateshead Council and the ABA to host the Colombian Olympic boxing
team at the Academy for Sport ahead of the 2012 Olympic and
Paralympic Games. The team trained alongside our Boxing Academy
students to test out our world class centre of excellence in
preparation for the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships in
We provided facilities for the athletes to train, the council
provided the logistical support needed to host a team of seven
boxers and two trainers, and the ABA supported the trip as a
Our students had the opportunity to work alongside the
international athletes, spar with them in the ring and study at
firsthand how they conduct their training regimes.
Lewis Pendleton, Sports Academy Manager, said: "It was a
fantastic experience to work with the Colombian boxers earlier this
year and I'm looking forward to doing it again. It is a once in a
lifetime opportunity for a lot of our students and they will really
benefit from the experience.
"We are extremely proud to have been award silver in the Podium
Awards. It recognises all the hard work ourselves, Gateshead
Council and the ABA put in to ensure the visit was valuable for the
Olympic team as well as our students. We are looking forward
to being a part of the London 2012 legacy and inspiring the next
generation of young people to compete in future Games."