The Lynn College of West Anglia (CWA) is celebrating double soccer success after taking regional titles.
Both the Elite Girls Football Programme and the Men’s Elite Football team from CWA have been crowned the Association of Colleges (AoC) Sport East Region Cat 2 winners.
A dramatic last minute winning goal from April Kichen in their final game of the season against Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, saw the Girls take the title and round off a remarkable season for girl’s football at the college.
The girls all attend sport programmes at the CWA Sports campus based at Alive Lynnsport, which combine professional coaching and athlete development with their education programmes. Their courses range from coaching, fitness instructing, personal training and diplomas in sport and sports science.
In November the girls won the AoC Sport East region 7-a-side competition, qualifying for the National Finals which were recently held at Bath University. CWA finished fifth nationally proving the quality of female footballing talent currently at the college.
Captain Bethan Jones and striker Dayna Kingshott have been offered full athletic scholarships in America next year adding to the array of talent from CWA who have made the move to America.
“We are extremely proud of what the girls have achieved this year, they have worked hard in training and on their education and have reaped the rewards,” said programme manager for sport Tommy Goode.
“With the success they have achieved both on and off the pitch, some players have been offered scholarships and I have no doubt more will follow next year.”
The CWA Men’s Elite team rounded off the season with a 9-2 win against Dereham Sixth Form.
The league was closely fought with CWA finishing one point ahead of runners-up Cambridge Regional College. Other tough opposition came from West Suffolk College, Peterborough, Huntingdon, Dereham and Open Academy.
All players at CWA also play for various local teams including King’s Lynn Town, Downham, Swaffham, Wisbech, Fakenham and Dereham. Students combine professional coaching and athlete development within the core of their college education.
Toby Hilliard and Shaun Stocker have represented England Colleges U19 and have obtained scholarships to America next year alongside captain Lewis Gibson.
“We are extremely proud of what the boys have achieved this year and the progress they have made from the start of the year. They have worked extremely hard and have been rewarded for their efforts,” said Goode.