College to invest in athletes of future

James Clark, Trevor Benjamin, Viv Gillespie and Stephen Common, director of operations at The Legacies.
James Clark, Trevor Benjamin, Viv Gillespie and Stephen Common, director of operations at The Legacies.

FUTURE athletes will soon be able to combine academic study with professional coaching in a range of sports when a Northumberland Sports Development Centre (NSDC) is created next September.

Northumberland College has signed a unique agreement with The Legacies to provide competitive sporting opportunities for students who would like to take part in sport whilst studying a qualification equivalent to three A-levels.

The programme includes up to nine hours a week of training each week from some of the best professionals in the region, as well as the opportunity to play in local, national and international competitions.

A personalised training, development and nutrition programme will also be available, as will access to training facilities at the Hirst Welfare Centre in Ashington and students can pick from men and women’s football, golf, rugby league and union, basketball or netball.

Interim principal Viv Gillespie said: “This unique partnership marks a new chapter for sport at Northumberland College and demonstrates how we are building relationships with new strategic partners to benefit our students.

“The college is committed to providing a range of enrichment activities and stretching challenges to develop students and build a sustainable legacy of education and healthy living.”

An open event will be held at the Ashington campus in College Road on Tuesday from 4.30pm to 7pm.