Sporting Triumphs in First Term

Two talented runners from The Sixth Form College, Solihull have qualified for a National Championships.

Year 13 student Christopher McLeod won the AOC West Midlands Regional Cross Country Championships at the end of term. He won at a canter to secure his place at the National Championships in April after a very impressive run. Part of the Solihull and Small Heath Athletics Club, Christopher has previously competed for Worcestershire at the English Schools Championships. Christopher will be joined at the Championships by Emma Stringer, who also qualified with a very determined run in the girl’s race. Keelan Hopewell narrowly missed out on selection on his first run after long term injury, but showed signs of promise for the summer track season.

Several of the sports teams were also in action this term in tournaments. Six members of the cricket team attended the yearly Indoor24 cricket tournament. They performed well in the competition winning two matches, drawing one and losing their final game in the last over of a thrilling encounter. They claimed second place in the AOC West Midlands regional event and the glove skills of wicket keeper Hasnain Mahmoud were the stand-out feature of the event.

Rather unusually, one of the College’s sporting stars was in tennis action. Madison Rumney won the West Midlands Colleges regional tennis tournament in excellent fashion. The former GB number 1 swept aside all competition and demonstrated her high level ability to win applauds from all competitors and teachers present. Fellow student Luke Burnley was runner-up in the Men’s after winning an amazing semi-final against the stand-out player.

Meanwhile, the Rugby and Netball teams took part in a regional tournament at the University of Worcester in mid-December. In the Rugby 7’s tournament the College team did not unfortunately get through the group stages after being drawn in the tougher half of the draw. However, the Netball team did get through the group stages and finished 4th overall.

In football, the 1st team progressed to the last -32 of the Cup, after beating Kidderminster Harriers / Stourbridge College 5-3. However, the second team exited the cup. The 1st team’s Cup success was very welcome after they lost their unbeaten record the week before against Heart of Worcestershire College. However, they have had other good results for both 1st and 2nd teams this term, including a 3-2 win over King Edwards Stourbridge, a 4-2 win over Telford College and an 11-1 win over Hereford College.

The season continues to go from strength to strength for the Basketball Academy, thanks to the hard work of the City of Birmingham Basketball Club coaches. They have had wins over North Warwick & South Leicester and Shrewsbury.

Sport & Health Curriculum Leader Lee Jones commented:

“We have had a hectic first term and I’m proud of the efforts of all the students involved. It’s been particularly pleasing to see so many sports featured and to see the newly formed Basketball Academy prospering.”

17 December 2018