NewVIc win AoC Sport London Regional Championships in cricket, football and table tennis in the first term.
NewVIc’s sports teams have had an impressive start to this academic year, with the Cricket Academy beating east London rivals Newham College and George Monoux to win the AoC Indoor Cricket Regional Championships, held at University of East London, and are now on their way to Nottingham to compete at National Finals for the second year running! The AoC regional tournaments are open to students in AoC Sport member colleges and are held in the autumn term. The top teams and individuals in 13 sports qualify for the AoC Sport National Championships, where they compete for both their college and their region.
The winning Ability Counts Football Team is a testament to the significant support provided by The Inclusive Sport programme over the past six years. The opposition teams withdrew the day before and one on the day of the game, proving our team was too intimidating for the other colleges.
On the same day NewVIc students Mohammed Raqueeb and Mubarak Farah competed in the AoC Sport London regional Table Tennis Championships and topped the London tables! Mubarak won 4 out 5 games and Raqueeb went undefeated in all 5 of his games. Both students will also be playing at the National Finals in Nottingham in April 2019.
Cricket Team Captain Jawwad Hussain, said “I’m proper excited about playing and representing London in April at the Nottingham finals. Playing against other regional teams like the Midlands, North and West is going to be challenging. I played at the National Finals last year, we came 2nd in the entire country in cricket, we lost 1st place just by 1 run. I was nervous, the entire team was nervous but excited at the same time as we were away at Nottingham for 3 days. We are training hard, putting in the extra hours and just being on it to play that extra bit better than last year. This time we will win it!”
Cricket Team Captain and Business Level 3 Year 2 Student
NewVIc is already a very successful college with one of the highest sports participation rates in the country with 55% of our students taking part in some kind of sport or physical activity on 1 or more occasions. All of the achievements have required a lot of commitment and hard work from the NewVIc Sports Academy team and their dedicated students. In September 2017, Sport England has awarded NewVIc £92,850 funding, in order for the college to provide an additional focus on tackling levels of inactivity amongst our student population outside of mainstream sport in open sessions across the college site away from the Sports Hall e.g. circus skills, roller disco, skate club, free running, health club, slack lining, skipping and archery.
Beth Harris, Sports Academy Manager, said “we are beyond thrilled to once again have so many students selected to represent London at the AoC Sport National Championships in April. This is the sixth year running our Ability Counts Footballers have won the Regional Tournament, going on to represent the Capital and we’ll once again be vying for a position near the top of the table. With our Cricket Academy there are some wounds to heal, as having lost the National Championships last year by just 1 run we can’t wait to get back to Nottingham, put some demons to rest and show exactly why we are well renowned for our history of excellence!”