Meet the North East team

The North East has a bigger representation of colleges than last year and is looking to field a strong team for this year’s National Championships.

Five colleges from the region will be attending having not featured in the National Championships in 2018.

Colleges going to the Championships: East Durham College, Gateshead College,  Hartlepool Sixth Form College, Middlesbrough College, New College Durham, Prior Pursglove College, Stockton Riverside College, Sunderland College and Tyne Metropolitan College       

The sport the region is traditionally successful in: The table tennis team are the defending champions and are in a strong position to retain the gold medal they won last year.

One to watch: The table tennis team are ones to watch. The team consists of five players from four different colleges, most of whom play in both the junior and senior British leagues: Kieren Wardel (Prior Pusgrove College), Jack Jacomb (East Durham College), Charlotte Wetherby (Sunderland College), Holly Williams and Kashif Mahmood (both Middlesbrough College).

Joe Ross from Hartlepool Sixth Form College will be competing in the men’s rugby 7s and is in a strong position to make an impact on the team.

Joe is part of the Newcastle Falcons Academy and has developed into an outstanding player. He has the ability to beat defenders in a small area, along with the skill to throw perfect passes and put people into space so keep an eye on him this year!

National Championships veteran: Holly Williams from Middlesborough College returns to Nottingham after winning gold in the table tennis. Holly will captain the North East this year, hoping to lead the team to success once again.

What they say: Shaun Malone, Head Basketball Coach, Tyne Metropolitan College

“We are looking forward to the unique experience that the AoC Sport National Championships will provide our learners. We are always looking at ways in which we can enhance our Basketball programme at the College and ensure that these experiences impact their attendance, retention and attainment.

“The regional competition provided our players with the chance to grasp such an opportunity off their own hard work and commitment. We are proud to have earned the opportunity to represent the North East at the championships and test our skills against some of the best in the country.”

Sam Wilson, Hartlepool Sixth Form College men’s rugby captain

"We are excited to compete on the national stage again this year. We are targeting a medal after keeping hold of the majority of last year’s squad and adding to it with some high quality first years.

The opportunity to play against the best in the country means we get to test ourselves as a group of players. The atmosphere is second to none and gives aspiring players like us the opportunity to gain valuable experience at such a high level."