Yeovil College Sport student qualifies for National Championship in Cross Country

Ben Lloyd, studying Level 3 Sport and Exercise Sciences, will be competing in the Association of Colleges National Championships for Cross Country on 22 April at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham. Ben will be taking part in the Cross Country track over 7km.

Ben, 17, formerly of Preston Academy, said “I’m pleased to have qualified for the Nationals, I’ve worked really hard. Thank you Annette Weale for coaching me for the past 2-3 years.”

The college sport National Championships is one of the largest annual sporting events in England, involving over 1,800 college students and 200 staff.

Matt Hann, Curriculum Area Manager Sports at Yeovil College, said “Yeovil College Sport has an outstanding reputation for supporting the progress of our athletes with alumni going onto achieving international success. Ben is a committed Level 3 Sport student whose study programme allows him to combine his sport with his academic interests. Ben has done fantastically well to compete at the English Schools Athletics Association Cross Country finals.”

Ben took 3 rd place in the Association of Colleges Regional Tournaments at University of St Mark & St John in Plymouth which qualified him for the National Championships.

Ben was placed 147 out of 324 in the English Schools National Competition for Cross Country in Norwich. Students qualify for the Championships through Regional Tournaments that take place in the autumn term. As well as competing in their chosen sport, students compete for points for their region. The region whose teams and individuals accumulate the most points wins the prestigious Wilkinson Sword trophy.

The English Schools' Athletic Association (ESAA) National Cross Country Championship is the most eagerly anticipated event of the winter for young athletes. Organised entirely by volunteer teachers, we bring together the best athletes in each of the 45 Counties in England to compete for the honour of being the best in the Country. Level 3 Sport and Exercise Sciences at Yeovil College is a highly engaging and academic vocational programme; with previous students having attained exceptional grade profiles, culminating in an outstanding 100% achievement. Learners have progressed on to a range of accredited degree courses, whilst others have contributed to an excellent record in securing full-time employment within the sports industry.

The two-year programme offers an opportunity to study a vast array of Sports Science related topics facilitated by a teaching team who have a plethora of specialisms in this field.

This course offers a highly flexible curriculum which will allow you to develop high-level study skills and career aspirations in a range of specialist areas, to go on to contribute to the continued growing presence and influence of sports scientists in the world of sport.

Yeovil College has been serving the community in and around Yeovil for 130 years.

The College was first formed in 1887 when Somerset County Council began formally organising Science and Art classes in Yeovil. In 1947, the first Principal was appointed to lead Yeovil Technical College and when secondary education in the Yeovil Borough was reorganised in 1974, Yeovil College became one of the early tertiary colleges to be formed in England.

Today, Yeovil College remains passionate about its role as a key provider of education and training in South Somerset and North and West Dorset. It remains committed to its role as a tertiary college for the whole community and currently supports around 5000 full and part-time students.