Packing a punch to bring home the silver!

Gateshead College has been awarded silver in the British Council Award for Innovative International Collaboration in the Podium Awards 2012.

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 Azerbaijan.

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 governing body.

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."