Reaseheath flies high at AoC Sport regional tournaments

Two talented members of Reaseheath College’s trampolining squad are to represent the north west region at next year’s Association of Colleges (AoC) Sport National Championships.

Georgia Thomasson, 16, and Rosie Lucas, 17, who are both studying for their Level 3 Diploma in Sport Performance at the Nantwich college, took first and fourth place respectively in an AoC Sport regional qualifier for trampolining, held in Lancashire.

Eight members of Reaseheath’s trampolining team took part in the tournament. All put in strong performances and enjoyed their first experience of inter college competition. Based on their outstanding performances, Georgia and Rosie were selected for the north west trampolining squad and will compete at the AoC Sport National Championships, to be held in Tyne and Wear in April 2016.

The national championships is one of the largest annual sporting events in England, involving over 1.800 colleges. AoC Sport was formed to encourage Further Education students between the ages of 16 and 19 to participate in sport and physical activity as part of their college experience. This is the first time that Reaseheath students have qualified.

Reaseheath Sports Lecturer and Trampolining Coach Louise Finney said: “All of the team acted as great ambassadors for the college at the regional tournament, as not only did they perform well but they also supported each other and fellow competitors. They were also a wonderful help to the event organisers by assisting during the competition.

“I’d like to say a huge ‘well done’ to all the girls, and ‘best of luck’ to Georgia and Rosie at the national championships.”

Reaseheath students have enjoyed further successes at north west regional tournaments, although no others have qualified for the championships. The college’s male football team reached the semi-finals of the 7-a-side competition in Stockport against some very good college teams, while Luke Gideon came fourth at the regional tennis tournament in Chorley  against very strong opposition.

Reaseheath College Sport Maker Sarah Ruff said: “We are delighted at our students’ success at the regional tournaments and that we will have two students representing the north west at the national championships.”

Top caption: Rosie Lucas and Georgia Thomasson (centre) are flanked by fellow members of Reaseheath’s successful trampolining squad (on left) Gemma Hope, Sophia Bibby and Rhodd-alaw Parry (on right) Molly Ramsden, Lily Robertson and Ellie James