At the annual Collyer’s Sports Awards Ceremony, successful students have been rewarded for their 2018/19 achievements at the Ofsted Outstanding college.
The Duckering Hall event was attended by students, teachers and other members of the Collyer’s community.
During 2018/19, Collyer’s teams won numerous honours across a range of sports. These included: Men’s basketball: Association of Colleges (AOC) under 19 National Championship runners-up, AOC South East Regional Championship winners and Surrey under 18 Schools League winners. Mixed hockey: AOC under 19 South East League runners-up. Men’s football first team: AOC South East League third place. Women’s netball first team: Surrey under 18 Schools League Division 1 winners. Women’s netball second team: Surrey under 18 Schools League Division 2 third place. Men’s rugby: AOC South East League winners, runners-up Sussex Cup and AOC National Cup quarter finalists.
Individual successes were numerous. Cross Country, Women’s Sussex under 18 Schools Championship: Alex Richer (5th), Darja Knotkova-Hanley (5th) and Jasmine Mamoany (8th) have all qualified for the English Schools Championship; Cross-Country Men’s under 18 Schools Championship: Luke Burgess (7th), Bradley Burke (11th), Josh Barnett (13th) and Will Mitchell (26th) have also been qualified for the English Schools Championship.
In table tennis, Alice Hazel and Kate Cheer won the Women’s Regional under 18 Schools Championship, finishing runners-up in the National under 18 Schools Championship. Multi-disciplined Will Mitchell then won the Regional under 18s school championship, finishing 5th nationally.
Head of Collyer’s Sport Academy John Burroughs said: “It is important that we reward students for application, as well as the outstanding ability they have demonstrated over the year. Today’s prize winners regularly attended training, in addition to demonstrating superb team work, leadership and skills in their chosen sport.”
The Most Improved Player (MIP) for men’s basketball went to Mark Wint, while Archie Hill was delighted to pick up the Player of the Year (POY) award. In women’s football, Maddy Davis (POY) and Phoebe Allan (MIP) came away with the honours, while men’s first team POY was awarded to Connor Jones, with the MIP prize won by Aaron Cowley. The men’s football second team prize for POY was picked up by Tom Edevane, with Oli Kerr winning the MIP prize. The mixed hockey MIP award went to Lewis Spiller, with Ella Sharpe winning MIP. Ellie Hutchinson (first team), and Fab Micoud (second team) walked away with the POY women’s netball prizes; MIP women’s netball awards went to Lucy Wright (first team) and Amelia Heath (second team).
The women’s rugby POY award went to Hannah D’Urban-Jackson, while Melanie Davies picked up the MIP award. The men’s rugby MIP award went to Adam Williams, and Ian Paku was delighted to receive the POY prize.
The Individual Sports Person of the Year went to Perry Malik, for his staggering double success winning the under 19 Squash South East and National Championships.
The Coach of the Year went to current Collyer’s students Maya Le Rossignol and Ellen Oliver for their outstanding work in the community coaching.
The climax of the awards saw Collyer’s basketball team, National AOC runners-up, crowned Team of the Year, for the very first time.
Collyer’s deputy principal, Steve Martell, who presented the prizes, was delighted: “It was a pleasure to honour these sporting successes. Well done to all of the students and their brilliant teachers and coaches.”
John Burroughs said: “We are also extremely grateful for the help of the Collyer’s Senior Management Team. Sally and Steve are passionate about sport and are incredibly supportive.”
Principal, Sally Bromley, said: “Massive thanks to our great coaching team and our superb athletes. These students are incredible young men and women and we are hugely proud of them. We are at the beginning of a golden generation here at Collyer’s.”
Collyer’s Head of Faculty for Business, Sport and Social Sciences, James Gordon, said: “Our sports academies in basketball, football, netball and rugby have proved extremely popular. We are certainly attracting elite players from across the region and we owe enormous thanks to the indefatigable John Burroughs for widening participation so wonderfully at Collyer’s.”