Me with my two medals!

Competition time

Last weekend was the big competition we’ve all been training towards. It  was the English Schools Swimming Association’s national competition and I was a member of the team representing the north west.

Me with my two medals!

Me with my two medals!

Out of eight regions we eventually came fourth, and although we just missed a medal we were all pretty happy with the result.

I was really pleased with my own performance – I was second in the 200 metre butterfly,  which is my No 1 stroke, and I was third in the 100 metres butterfly. That meant was up on the podium twice to receive my medals from the Mayor of Liverpool.

The other team members did pretty well too. Quite a few got podium finishes and recorded personal best times, so the whole weekend was a great success for the north west region. Big thanks to Reaseheath for sponsoring my entry fees!

My next major competition is the British Championships in Sheffield at the end of April. I’m doing the 100m fly and 200m fly and I’m doing a gala later this month in Liverpool to try and gain my 50m target time which will let me qualify in that race also. My current time is just 0.1 sec short of qualifying!

The British Championships will be the toughest competition for me this year because I’ll be competing against the best swimmers in the country. You get the Olympians competing there because, based on the results, teams will be selected for the Commonwealth Games and other international competitions.

So for me training continues as usual, and I’ll probably increase my running now that the days are getting longer. But I’ll still be training in the pool about 18 hours a week.

We’re still working hard at college with a fair few assignments to complete, and I’m hoping to finalise the arrangements for my three week work experience over Easter.

We’ve just learned about sports massage and we’ve been practising on some of the adventure sports students. We’ve also just completed a qualification in First Aid, all very useful to add to your CV!

Here's me and my teammates getting ready for a training session at Club La Santa

Lanzarote training and spot of fun in the sun!

The most exciting thing that happened over February half term was our training camp at Club La Santa in Lanzarote.

Thirty team members from Winsford Swimming Club went, plus our coach, Dan. The idea was to get us away from home so we could concentrate on our training and get the best possible start for the competitive season.

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The training life of a swimmer

This year I’ve been selected to represent the north west region in the Inter Divisional Championships run by the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) in Liverpool. It’s a pretty important competition in the calendar and it’s only three weeks away, so training’s pretty much full on.

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Competitive swimmer Jordan prepares for regional championshps

Jordan Gaskell, 17, is a competitive swimmer and Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Performance student. Read his blog to find out what he hopes to achieve this year.

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Golfers success at regional tournament

On Wednesday 5th October 2016 six Reaseheath students who are part of the Ian Woosnam Golf academy took part in the AoC Sport North West regional tournament which took place at Reddish Vale Golf Club.   All participants competed well in a 14 strong field of competitors.  In the difficult conditions, all of the Reaseheath students competed well with Thomas Troup and James Lowndes (Level 3 subsidiary diploma in sport performance) finishing second and fourth respectively. This means they have qualified to represent the North West region at the AoC Sport National Championships next year!

Sarah Ruff (College Sport maker) said: “It is great to see our golfers competing and having success at the regional tournament.  All of the players performed brilliantly and we wish Thomas and James the best of luck at national Championships next year”.

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First game of the season for the Ladies’ Football Academy

Our Ladies Football Academy team had their first competitive football match of the season on Wednesday (5th October) against a mixed team from Coleg Menai-Bangor and Coleg Llandrillo.

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Reaseheath students make a wheely good impression for Tour of Britain

Reaseheath College sports performance, adventure sports and public services students made a special effort to mark British Cycling’s Tour of Britain by getting involved in a giant piece of aerial artwork alongside the competitors’ route.

About 80 students formed the moving wheels of a 100 foot long bicycle laid out on a field opposite the college’s main entrance on the Worleston Road, just outside Nantwich. The event was timed to coincide as the elite athletes, who included Sir Bradley Wiggins, passed the college during Stage Three of the prestigious road cycling event.

Liam Salt, a Reaseheath Sports Performance course manager and keen cyclist himself, organised the aerial artwork after seeing similar events marking premier international competitions abroad.

Students from Reaseheath sports department form a giant cycle as riders in the Tour of Britain pass the college’s entrance

Students from Reaseheath sports department form a giant cycle as riders in the Tour of Britain pass the college’s entrance

He said: “This was the students’ first day at college and it was a great opportunity for them to take part in a team building activity with a difference. Reaseheath’s Farm manager Mark Roue kindly gave us permission to use the field and also allowed us to use plastic haylage wrap to make the bike frame.

“Awareness of all types of sport is growing thanks to the Rio Olympics and it was a great way for the students to be part of a premier event. The aerial artwork looked amazing and was an exciting activity to mark the race as it passed through Cheshire.”

Watch our video to see the aerial artwork in action!


The invincible Crewe Alexandra Ladies FC

13174052_621451118007759_7884717155879040476_nCrewe Alexandra Ladies Football Club (CALC) completed their 2015-16 season at the top of the North West Women’s Regional League (NWWRL). CALC remained undefeated throughout the season and were also crowned Cheshire County Cup winners back in April.

A very proud Liam Salt (Reaseheath Lecturer/Course Manager in Sports) took over as CALC First Team Manager at the start of the 2015-16 season (previously under 21s manager) after being approached by Director of Football and head coach Nick Pearce.

Both current and former Reaseheath students represented the team throughout the year including current Level 3 Public Services student Kara Townsend (goalkeeper) and former Level 3 Sports Performance students Lydia Hooley (midfielder) and Kerry Green (defender).

 Read the full write up on Crewe Alexandra Ladies FC 2015-16 season below >>>

Crewe Alexandra Ladies FC finished the 2014-15 season in second position and with a squad that looked to parting. The departure of coaches and players, plus the very early exit of then new first team manager was not a smooth transition that now Director of Football would have wanted.

Abbey HeaderAlthough in Australia visiting family, the 2014-15 Under 21s Manager Liam Salt (Reaseheath College Sports Department) was asked by Nick Pearce to take on the CALFC First team manager’s job, he jumped at the chance and soon started work with the first team squad on his return in the August. Reaseheath College was represented well throughout the campaign, obviously with Sports Performance and Public Services lecturer/course manager Liam Salt coaching and managing the first team. On the field itself Reaseheath College was in a show of strength with current Level 3 Public Services student Kara Townsend as the ever present first team goalkeeper and previous Level 3 Sports Performance students Lydia Hooley (midfielder) and Kerry Green (defender) also representing the first team.

A very new look first team squad soon started to form with Liam promoting 4 under 21s into the first team and with good external work from Nick signing some fresh faces to the Crewe Alex outfit things started to take shape. Liam as first team manager and coach, Nick as first team coach and director of football and new to the coaching staff was Jack Albanese who joined as first team coach and sports analyst, soon started to shape the squad with trials and intense pre-season sessions working on fitness, strength and conditioning, technical work and also gelling the team as a unit. The pre-season friendlies soon started with mixed results as current players were playing in new positions, players settling in being promoted from the under 21’s and also new signings externally becoming familiar with new players, coaches, methods and surroundings.Meg

The League campaign kicked off on 13 September 2015 at home (Cumberland Arena) versus City of Manchester Ladies FC. A positive pre-season and hard work on and off the pitch shone through with an emphatic 4-1 win which put a statement out to the rest of the league, Crewe Alexandra Ladies were here and they meant business. At this moment in time the players and coaches did not know it, but, they had just started something special, something that will probably never replicate in any of their playing or coaching careers, a whole league and FA County Cup campaign undefeated. The team pushed on through their next 4 games, winning all comfortably, scoring at will from the front line, the midfield battling and creating chances and the defence along with the Alex No.1 not leaking many goals. The Alex ladies’ first true test came 6 games in the form of Accrington Stanley at home. The Alex clinched a 3-2 win but were pushed all the way by another good footballing side, the team were a well organised, strong and cohesive machine now!

COACHES6 editThe end of November and beginning of December saw two very big hurdles in the form of Blackburn at home followed by an away fixture on a very cold Sunday at Bolton Wanderers. On both occasions the club as a whole were galvanised and every single player and coach were there for the other through two very testing encounters. The home fixture versus Blackburn, although finished 3-1 was very close match, the Alex the team that took their chances and kept their nerve. The second of these two very testing matches put the Alex up against title chasers Bolton Wanderers who were also up to this point unbeaten, with one draw against Burnley. After 2 minutes the Alex conceded from a Bolton corner and for the first 45 minutes the Alex were deservedly behind. After stern words in the dressing room and minor tactical adjustments CALFC started to dominant and create chances and with 25 minutes remaining scored twice in 8 minutes, one of the highlights of the season as celebrations on and off the pitch pictured just what this result meant in the grand scheme of things, final score 2-1.

Kirsty tackleThe winter wasn’t kind to the league especially those teams situated further north and games were postponed but the club maintained as much continuity as they possibly could and trained hard, especially through some very cold and wet evenings but never gave in to the elements. An absolute credit to all players and coaches a like with some of the conditions that they trained in and when other teams around them allowed the conditions to defeat them, a true statement that hard work does pay off. The season truly got back on track in terms of frequent games towards the end of February and Crewe Alex Ladies still proudly maintained their 100% record. March saw the first FA County Cup games get underway and the Alex just as they had in the League started with a win.

DRESSING ROOMThe beginning of March also saw the next big challenge for the league title, a double header fixture against Burnley at home. An extremely tense encounter saw the Alex leave it late twice but demonstrated the mentality that was instilled by the coaches ‘never to give up’ as CALFC won 1-0 and 2-0. One result flowed into the next and soon the Alex found themselves in the FA County Cup Final after dispatching Stockport County Ladies FC (who are a league above) and Ellesmere Port Ladies FC in both the Quarter and Semi Finals, yet again scoring late in extra time taking them through to the Cup final in April versus Warrington Wolverines where the Ladies dominated even though going down to 10 players after the first 4 minutes. The reds on the evening of Cup final were electric and finished with a mighty result of 5-1. Another massive result in the 2015/16 season and one which had all the club thinking ‘we’re nearly there’ was the 1-1 home draw against Bolton Wanderers, after being a goal down before half time and equalising late on this again showed just what a hard working and close knit unit the first team are!

Reaseheath Vice Principal Dave Kynaston congratulates CALC at Reaseheath Family Festival

Reaseheath Vice Principal Dave Kynaston congratulates CALC at Reaseheath Family Festival

The Alex finished the season with some tricky away fixtures, Accrington, both Manchester teams, Blackburn and Blackpool, drawing 2 of these and finishing an amazing season at Blackpool inside of Bloomfield road to win and finish on a high 2-1 winners, lifting both the League and Cup trophies as worthy winners. The club’s route of progression in terms of player development was evident through the season, non-more so than the last 6 games, where a number of U21 players were called up and slotted in seamlessly to help out with injuries and suspensions. This is at the foundation of the club with the aim to progress players internally through the ranks to eventually play for the first team and so far is working extremely well due to the hard work of not only the coaches but also players alike.

The club is going from strength to strength and as it’s now moving up to the third tier of the women’s national game. The club continues to seek new sponsorship as it is a fully self-sufficient club. Not only is the club looking for more sponsorship it’s successfully making closer ties with Reaseheath College where their women’s academy will now have direct links to the Crewe Alexandra Ladies Football Club and this will be another route in to playing at a very high standard of football.

The club would personally like to thank Reaseheath College for all their support with the sponsorship and use of facilities. All support no matter how great or small all contributed to this season’s success and will continue to help develop the club in the future.  The club now looks forward to the new challenges that the 2016/17 season has to bring in the FA Women’s Premier League!

Liam Salt

Crewe Alexandra Ladies FC Manager (Reaseheath College Lecturer/Course Manager in Sports)


Georgia is national trampolining champion

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Friday 15th – Sunday 17th April 2016 saw the AoC Sport National Championships take place in Newcastle upon Tyne where students competed across 15 different sports.

Reaseheath College had two very talented trampolinists, Georgia Thomasson and Rosie Lucas, competing in the event for the first time having qualified in first and fourth place respectively from the North West regional qualifier.

champion trampolinist Georgia Thomasson with her first place medal and trophy

champion trampolinist Georgia Thomasson with her first place medal and trophy

40 trampolinists from across the country represented 11 different regions, with each competitor performing two routines – these marks were then added together to decide the winner.  Georgia finished in first place and was crowned ‘National College Champion’ for 2016.

Reaseheath College Sport Maker, Sarah Ruff, who attended the event with the students said: “Georgia and Rosie were a credit to Reaseheath College and themselves throughout the weekend.  They both did fantastic performances and for Georgia to be crowned national champion for 2016 is a great achievement, well done.”

Head coach Louise Finney added: “I am amazed by the commitment and enthusiasm shown by both Rosie Lucas and Georgia Thomasson who have spent numerous hours training in preparation for this event. Georgia in particular exceeded all expectations and showed herself to be an elite athlete by going on to be crowned National College Champion and led by example in her attitude and commitment to succeed. I am immensely proud of the way they represented both the college and the North West region and they deserve all the recognition they will receive.”