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Posted: 10/02/14

Double sporting success for West Notts students

Students at West Nottinghamshire College are celebrating a double sporting success.

The college’s touch rugby team won a cross-college competition last Tuesday (4 February) – winning all three of their matches against Chesterfield College and Derby College, which fielded two teams.

West Notts beat Chesterfield 7-3 in the first game and followed it up by overcoming Derby’s first team 4-2 in the next match.  It triumphed 2-0 over Derby’s second team in the last match to clinch the tournament, played at the home of Chesterfield Panthers RUFC, Dunston Road, Chesterfield.

Meanwhile, on the same day, the college’s football team beat Nottingham’s Bilborough College 6-1 in a friendly match played out in torrential rain at the Derby Road campus, with striker George Camps – an 18-year-old sports development, coaching and fitness student – bagging a hat-trick.

The touch rugby and football teams consisted of students aged 16 to 19 from various curriculum areas across the college.

Colin Eley, sport development team leader, said: “I’m really proud of the students; they competed exceptionally well against tough opposition and in terrible weather conditions.

“Although the rugby tournament and football match were purely recreational, it was still great to showcase the talent West Notts has to offer and a fantastic boost to students’ confidence after all their efforts both in training and on the day.”

The college has been staging weekly coaching sessions in football and touch rugby – a non-contact version of the sport – as part of its sporting provision.  As well as being recreational, the sessions are aimed at helping students progress to a higher level of competition within their chosen sports.

The touch rugby sessions are delivered in conjunction with rugby development officers from the RFU, English rugby’s governing body.