Sports Academy Summer Bulletin

Celebration Evening

On Tuesday 18 June we held our annual Sport, Public Services and Travel and Tourism Celebration Evening. Students and staff came together to celebrate all the academic and sporting achievements our students have made throughout the year. Congratulations to all our students who went home with an award.

Amanda Sowerby – recipient of this year’s Shane Jackson Award

A special mention goes to our Sport and Physical Activity Co-Ordinator, Amanda Sowerby, who was the recipient of the prestigious Shane Jackson Award. The award is presented to a staff member who has gone beyond the call of duty for the department. Amanda has done a fantastic job in encouraging students from across College to become more physically active. Amanda was also the brains behind the College’s ‘Barnsley Smile’ Race for Life Event which raised over £3,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Esports Open Event

We held a successful Esports Open Event on Wednesday 26 June. Prospective students joined us to learn all about our brand new Esports courses and test out our dedicated Esports arena for the first time.

If you are interested in our Esports provision, get in touch by calling 01226 216 676 or emailing We can arrange a visit for you to see our facilities, check out our arena and learn about our courses.

Student athlete competes in international tournament

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Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science student Sophie Ormrod recently travelled to Luxembourg to take part in a Taekwondo tournament. Sophie won in the first round beating Norwegian opposition, but unfortunately lost in the second round to a Swiss athlete.

Sophie said: “I enjoyed the competition. I had a new coach and I felt my performance was better than earlier in the year. He was very encouraging and it gives me hope for future events this year in Poland and Romania!

“I was pleased to win my first round match, particularly as I was fighting in a new weight category. It was great to have the support of the Elite Sports Bursary that covered my expenses and enabled me to travel to Luxembourg.”

Well done Sophie! The Elite Sports Bursary is part of our commitment in supporting talented College athletes achieve their sporting aims and goals. For more information on how students can apply go to:

Pre-season training

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Preparations are underway for the new College sport season. Football training for both our male and female sides will take place every Monday and Wednesday ahead of the new season – starting Monday 29 July. The male team will train in the morning from 10.00am – 12 noon, whilst the female team will train in the afternoon from 1.00pm – 3.00pm. Both current and prospective Barnsley College students can take part in the training sessions. For more information on how to get involved please contact our Performance and Athlete Development Co-Ordinator, Luke Forgione by emailing

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In addition, we  are running a number of rugby sessions throughout the summer delivered by RFU Rugby coach, Paul Kelly. We have freshly developed a partnership with Sandal RUFC which aims to provide high quality opportunities for young people to participate in Rugby both inside and outside of College. Current and prospective students can book their place by visiting:

Sports Academy teams up with Football DNA

Our Football Academy has teamed up with Football DNA. The partnership will give us access to the latest coaching drills, sports science ideas and strength and conditioning trends within the world of football. You can find out more about Football DNA and what it offers by visiting the website.

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Do you want to find out more about the Barnsley Sports Academy? Our aim is to unite education and sport. If you are a current or prospective Barnsley College or Barnsley Sixth Form College student who is talented in any sporting field, we want to hear from you! Email or call 01226 216 123.