Bishop Burton College Named ‘Sports College of the Year’

Bishop Burton College has been named ‘Sports College of the Year’ at the annual Hull Daily Mail Sporting Champions Awards.

The College scooped the prestigious title after a stellar year of sporting activity and achievement.

Accepting the award at the ceremony, held at the KCOM Stadium, Chief Executive and Principal Jeanette Dawson OBE, said it was a reflection of the growing importance of sport at the College.

She said; “I am very proud to be able to accept this award on behalf of the College.

“Sport is at the very heart of everything we do here at Bishop Burton. Over the last 13 years we have increased the range of Further Education sports courses we offer, launched new degrees, developed outstanding facilities and established unrivalled partnerships.

“Sport plays such an important role in the lives of young people; from improving their health and wellbeing to developing leadership skills and helping build friendships.”

Student Chelsea Walker was also shortlisted for Sportsperson of the Year at the awards.

The College enjoyed its finest ever year in sport last year, with outstanding team and individual successes across the board.

The performance sports academies had unrivalled achievements. In rugby union, the Higher Education Academy won the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) Trophy whilst gaining promotion to the BUCS Premier ‘A’ Division, while the Women’s Academy were Association of Colleges (AoC) Sport Cup Winners, Sevens Winners and finalists at the world famous Rosslyn Park.

In football, the Higher Education Academy won their BUCS Football League with a 100% record, with the under 18 squad finishing the highest ever in College history in the English Colleges National Premiership, putting it in the top 5% of institutions nationally. 

The College’s Equine Academy reached the BUCs Regional Championships, the Under 19 Men’s Rugby Union Academy reached the National Finals, representing Yorkshire, whilst there was a significant number of individual success, including students achieving regional and national honours such as England Students Rugby Union, two netballers reaching the Super League National Talent Squad and students progressing from the College to receive professional contracts at Hull City Tigers and the City of Hull Academy respectively.

Individual student successes didn’t stop there, with a total of 41 students achieving regional or national honours in their chosen sport. The College supported 38 athletes on the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme, which recognises talented athletes with national potential. Whilst attaining high level success, the College also had more participants in team sports than ever before, with 81% of all students taking part in physical activity, according to their Sport England data returns.

Alongside this, the College continued to work in partnership to support local, regional and national club academies and sporting governing bodies on site.

In July 2014, the College became the official host site of the Hull City Academy and this partnership continued to go from strength to strength in the 2015 / 16 academic year, with several academy players breaking into the first team with the first team.

The College also welcomed Newcastle Flacons first team squad for a residential camp in their pre-season, hosted the Football League Northern Academy exit trials in February and, as part of their preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics, hosted Team GB Women’s Sevens Rugby squad for a week-long camp.

Bishop Burton was an approved training venue for the England 2015 Rugby World Cup, whilst continuing partnerships with Archery GB, Pentathlon GB, Yorkshire Jets, Hull Rugby Union and England Rugby, of which the College is one of only five Women’s Centres of Excellence.

As part of the College’s innovative approach to sporting partnerships, it continues to play a crucial role in the City of Hull Rugby League academy – a collaboration between Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers rugby league clubs. The College hosts the new collaborative academy and, in doing so, has become the central focus point for the development of rugby league in the area.

Along with this, the College’s own Rugby League Academy has grown and was awarded Category Three Academy Status – equivalent of the National Championship, while continuing its support for the local grassroots game through its skills centres.

In Rugby Union, the College has formed a partnership with Championship side Yorkshire Carnegie, whose academy holds the RFU academy licence for Yorkshire. As part of this, Bishop Burton entered the AASE league for Boys in 2016 / 17.