AoC Beacon Award for Sport in the Curriculum 2017 presented to Weymouth College

April 12, 2017

Bringing students together with their local community through sport has secured Weymouth College a national award for excellence.

The college received the Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Sport in the Curriculum, sponsored by VTCT, an awarding organisation for technical and vocational qualifications.

Wednesday’s (5th April) local presentation event in the College’s HIX Academy was a celebration of the hard work and effort put into delivering sport within the curriculum by the Sport and Public Services teams.

In congratulating the Weymouth College team Richard Drax MP said:

“Sport is probably one of the most under-sung areas in the academic curriculum today. Yet sport is absolutely central to comradery, friendship and courage and teaches you so much about life from a very young age. Those who go on to achieve in sport at the highest levels need the inspiration, help, guidance and training demonstrated by sports leaders such as yourselves from the earliest age.”

Martin Oliver, Steve Frampton and Runa McNamara

Ian Munro, Regional Director AoC passed on his congratulations to the college and staff, adding how proud the AoC and his colleagues are in all that the college has achieved. He also thanked the sponsors – including VTCT – whose generous support ensures the continuing success of these prestigious national awards.

Steve Frampton, Principal Portsmouth College and a Board member of the AoC – who spent his school years here in Weymouth – asked to speak for all colleges within the national Association of Colleges in congratulating the Weymouth College team on winning the award for a second time. He added that in a category in which it is often hard to choose a winner he was pleased to be able to say the College’s submission had really stood out.

Following the presentation of the winner’s certificate to Weymouth College’s Martin Oliver, Runa McNamara, International Commercial Director, VTCT & ITEC said:

“You should be very proud. You must be doing something exceptionally well to have won this coveted award more than once…you have made innovation a part of skills development and based your teaching and learning upon real interaction with the public, increasing learner confidence, attainment and employability”

Level 3 (Year 1) BTEC Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness students with St John’s Year 1 pupils

The Sport Team were extremely pleased to welcome the Year 1 pupils from St John’s CE VA Primary School to join them on the day in the College’s Sports Hall for a celebratory session of team building and exercise activities.

Martin Oliver, Head of School for Sport and Public Services at Weymouth College, added:

“It is a tremendous achievement from all students, staff, partners, local employers and everyone connected with Weymouth College.  To receive National recognition for our curriculum in Sport and Public Services is evidence of the outstanding provision that we offer which is great news for all past/present and prospective new students looking to progress into a career in Sport and Public Services.   To win this Award for the second time in the last three years is unprecedented and I am very proud of the Sport and Public Services team for what it is a fantastic achievement.”