Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS)

As a Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) Dual Career accredited college, we give talented athletes the opportunity to combine academic excellence with elite performance support. 

TASS Dual Career athletes can achieve their potential in education while continuing to compete and develop within their sport. They benefit from access to a range of dual career workshops including nutrition, social media, time management, psychology and lifestyle guidance. We also ensure training and sport can run alongside lessons and studying by providing more flexibility and offering catch-up sessions. 

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Calum McGowan

Course: A Levels - Maths, Physics and Politics.

Sport: Athletics

Level: County Level

Club: Tynedale Harriers

Best moment: Competing for County Durham in the Octathlon in York

Ambitions: To compete in the Olympics

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Finley Wilkinson

Course: A Levels – Maths, Physics and Chemistry

Sport: Athletics (hurdles)

Level: National

Club: Gateshead Harriers

Best moment: Winning Scottish nationals and going to English Schools

Ambitions: To gain a scholarship to an American university and continue to study and train

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Thomas Hughes

Course: Level 3 Sports and Coaching

Sport: Weightlifting

Club: North Tyneside Barbells

Best moments: Winning Nationals and securing a place on Weightlifting Talent Squad

Ambition: To compete in the Commonwealth Games and Olympics

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Sam Sweeney

Course: Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science

Sport: Squash

Level: Regional

Club: South Shields

Best moment: Winning England Junior Plate Inter Counties and under 19 County Championship.

Ambitions: To be placed in the top 10 in England by next year


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Reece Slater

Course: Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science

Sport: Athletics

Level: Regional

Club: Gosforth Harriers

Best moment: Achieving third at northern championships in 1500m this summer.

Ambitions: To gain a scholarship to USA.

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Niamh Swailes

Course: Level 3 Sports Coaching and Development plus A Level Sociology

Sport: Rugby Union

Level: England

Club: Ryton RFC / DMP Sharks

Best moment: Playing for England 18s / winning Yorkshire 7s with Ryton

Ambitions: To play for England Women’s

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Neve Herron

Course: Level 2 Fitness and Health

Sport: Football

Level: International

Club: Sunderland

Best moment: I’ve got two best moments – the first one is playing at the Stadium of Light in front of all my family and scoring and the second one is when I made my international debut.

Ambitions: To play in the women’s WSL and represent my country.

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Marc Mogie

Course: Level 3 Sports Coaching and Development

Sport: Cycling

Club: Racing Metro 15

Level: Regional

Best moment: One of my all-time favourite moments on my bike when we set out to do 80 miles and we completed it however, it was the worst weather conditions I have ever rode in. It was pouring down the whole time and hail stoning for some of the ride. It was really hard but I didn’t want to stop, in fact riding in that kind of weather pushed me to finish and drive harder. It’s the best moment I’ve had because at that moment I felt like I could do anything on my bike.

Ambitions: My ambition in life is to become a pro cyclist, I work endlessly week in week out to make this dream come true. Another ambition is to ride the Tour de France, the day I accomplish this will be the day I know everything I have worked for has paid off.

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Jacee Barkel

Course: Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science

Sport: Kickboxing

Level: Brown belt (2 stripe)

Club: Spartan Fighting Arts

Best moment: Winning the Worlds 2021

Ambitions: To win titles across the world and be well known

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Becky Ferguson

Course: Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science

Sport: Football

Club: Newcastle United Women

Best moment: Making my debut for England Wu17’s

Ambitions: To improve as a player and to progress into higher leagues

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Paddy Horner

Course: Level 3 Sports Coaching & Development

Sport: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Level: International

Club: North East Jiu Jitsu

Best moment:  2 x World Championship Gold medallist, 2x European Champion Gold medallist, National Championship Gold medallist, British Championship Gold medallist.

Ambitions: To become professional in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts and to win championships at an elite level. I also hope to achieve my Level 3 qualification for Sports Coaching & Development to become a sports teacher.

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Daniel Saba

Course: Level 3 Sports Coaching and Development

Sport: road cycling

Level: National

Club: Vector Racing

Best moment: There are two; winning Regional Champions for the North East and becoming top 20 in National ranks

Ambitions: To become professional and go to the Olympics for Team GB

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Holly Jones

Course: Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design

Sport: Netball

Club: DPNC

Best moment: Making the 2021-22 AOC national netball squad

Ambitions: To play for the u21 England netball squad

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Ellie Ohalloran

Course: Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science

Sport: Athletics

Level: National

Club: Jarrow and Hebburn AC

Best moment: Winning gold in shot putt at the School Games 2021.

Ambitions: To represent GB at Paralympics

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Charlotte Kendall

Sport: Judo

Level: National and International

Club: Battle Hill Judo Club

Best moments: 4x British Judo Council National cCampion and competing in the Commonwealth Championships

Ambitions: To travel and compete in more countries and become a coach