GB and England Women’s Football Captain Casey Stoney, former England and Great Britain Rugby League Player Paul Broadbent and Alistair Patrick-Heselton, who competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, were all leading a series of sport specific masterclasses at the College. The tutors also included Manchester United football player Mark Lynch and Jacques Du Toit, Leicestershire County Cricketer who led a masterclass at Gateshead Fell Cricket Club.
The students were delighted to meet two sports people still at the top of their game, who also represented Team GB at London 2012. One of the finest moments of Casey Stoney’s career was captaining the GB team in their victory over Brazil at Wembley in the Olympic Games, in front of a full capacity crowd. She hopes women’s football will raise its profile even higher this summer as England prepare for Euro 2013, with all their matches to be televised live on the BBC.
Casey Stoney, England Women’s Football Captain, who could become of the new faces of British sport this summer said:
“The memories of London 2012 are still very vivid and the highs and lows in sport can be so extreme, so it’s great to share those experiences with young people at the start of their sporting career. Beating Brazil with the carnival atmosphere at Wembley stadium was what dreams are made of, it was incredible! It was great to work with the students at Gateshead College and share some of my skills and knowledge; they were so receptive and keen to learn. The Kelly Holmes Education programme is such a wonderful opportunity to learn from the very best and I was very impressed by the Academy for Sport.”
Alastair Patrick-Heselton, formerly a QPR football player and now a London 2012 Paralympian (CP Football), was also a member of the Kelly Holmes Education Programme with the Jaguar Academy of Sport. He added:
“I really enjoyed meeting all the students today, it was brilliant to be part of the Kelly Holmes Education team after the support they have given me during my own career. I know you never stop learning and hopefully each student will have taken away some really useful ideas from the coaching masterclass. I will definitely be following their progress closely now!”
The exclusive partnership with Kelly Holmes Education is part of the college’s commitment to providing students with the very best opportunities; the first education provider to offer students the unique opportunity to be mentored by Dame Kelly and receive a bespoke education programme delivered by experts in their field.
Molly Collinsonis the Women’s Football Academy’s elite team captain at Gateshead College. The 18-year-old from Cramlington is a central midfielder and also plays for Newcastle United Women’s Football Club.
She said: “The experience with Kelly Holmes Education has been brilliant, especially working with Casey Storey who has inspired all of our football team to get the best out of ourselves by working to our maximum.”
The programme is targeting three levels: Performance, Development and Participation involving Gateshead College staff and student’s personal coaches. The tailored content covers five core areas; physical, physiological, emotional, psychological and social modules, ranging from pre-performance routines and lifestyle management to recovery nutrition, hydrotherapy and using social media.