Newham Sixth Form College lauded for sporting participation
17:00 29 January 2014
Newham Sixth Form College has cemented itself as one of the country’s leading sports colleges.
It has one of the highest participation rates in the country, as a Sport England survey found almost 87 per cent of students either agreed or strongly agreed the college actively encourages them to take part in sport, compared to 48 per cent nationally.
This came after NewVIc became one of only four London colleges to receive accreditation from Sport Leaders UK, which runs sports-based qualifications.
One of those who is benefitting from her time at NewVIC is 18-year-old archer Jaspreet Sagoo.
Studying for a level three BTEC extended sports diploma, after coming third individually in the Junior National Indoor Archery Championships, Sagoo won the team title as part of the England under-18 team and hopes to compete in the Rio Olympics in her chosen sport.
Sagoo said: “NewVIc has really supported me in my aspirations to become an international archer.
“I train daily at NewVIc and also regularly attend a local archery club, which requires a lot of commitment as I usually train in the evening, but I know that it’s worth it.”
It has been a successful start to the sporting year for NewVIc students and for the first time in 15 years their students will compete at the British Colleges Sport National Championships in badminton, trampolining, golf and learning disability football.
The college is likely to go from strength to strength as Sport England has awarded NewVIc £70,000 in funding so it can introduce new students to physical activity outside mainstream sport and provide free swimming lessons, archery and rowing over the next three years.
Sports Academy manager Beth Harris said: “Over the past two years, NewVIc’s Sports Academy team has worked extensively to increase the sports participation rates.”
The college’s open day is on February 8 (9.30am-12.30pm). Book aplace at www.newvic.ac.uk/pops.