Academy status joy for college sport staff

Students at TyneMet College receiving the Leadership Academy Award from Natalie Dunbar, Foundation Manager NE of Sports Leaders UK with the principal of the college Jon Vincent.

Students at TyneMet College receiving the Leadership Academy Award from Natalie Dunbar, Foundation Manager NE of Sports Leaders UK with the principal of the college Jon Vincent.

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COLLEGE staff are celebrating after being awarded academy status for its sports tuition.

Wallsend’s Tyne Metropolitan College has been granted the accolade by Sports Leaders UK, formerly the British Sports Trust, in recognition of its partnership work with schools and community groups.

The college has been training youngsters to work towards level-one awards in partnership with Norham Technology College and John Spence High School, both in North Shields, and Whitley Bay’s Marden High School.

Level-two awards are taken by all sport students in the first year of their courses at TyneMet, and level three awards are optional for second-year students and many students.

Warick Stephenson, head of care, sport and leisure at the college, said: “I am very excited that TyneMet has been awarded this status.

“We are committed to supporting our students to achieve the best qualifications that they can which will help them to stand out from the crowd when they enter the job market.”

College principal and chief executive Jon Vincent added: “This status adds to the list of prestigious titles that the college has achieved over recent years.

“TyneMet is a leading provider of sport and leisure courses.”

“Staff teaching on sport courses have a wealth of experience working in the sporting industry, and others have professional coaching certificates, having played at very high levels both regionally and nationally.”