Meet the Eastern team

Peterborough Regional College have qualified for the National Championships the first time in the men’s basketball competition, having beaten Milton Keynes College in a nail biting final in overtime.

Hills Road College will be providing a large proportion of the squad with teams in hockey, netball, men’s football, and students in the tennis, badminton, table tennis, women’s rugby, cross country and golf teams.

This will be the first year that the East have had a full women’s golf team, made entirely from South Essex students. They’ll be looking towards the top positions this year in the team event.

The East came fifth in the standings last year – just four points behind the West Midlands and seven points off the medal positions.

With a full squad this year, hopes are high that the East can challenge the top runners!

Colleges attending the Championships: Colchester Sixth Form College, East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Easton & Otley College, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Long Road Sixth Form College, Palmer’s College, Peterborough College, Seevic, South Essex College and Suffolk New College.

The sport the region is traditionally successful in: Hills Road will be providing both the men’s and women’s hockey teams again this year. Last year they came away with two silvers so this year they will be looking to go one better and take home the gold!

Rugby is also a strong point of the region as the Seevic men’s team will be looking for their third consecutive gold medal at the National Championships.

One to watch: Harry Kitchen from Seevic College will represent the East in the men’s squash competition and will be looking to defend the title he won last year.

Easton & Otley’s Katie Goldsmith comfortably won the women’s cross-country event with an impressive time on home soil in the regional tournaments. It will be interesting to see how she fares away in Nottingham.

National Championships veteran: Suffolk New College’s pan-disability football team will be representing the East region once again this year. They took a strong squad to the regional tournament and have been training hard in preparation for this year’s event. 

What they say: Jack Lock, Colchester Sixth Form College

“We are delighted to have qualified this year in both the male and female volleyball competitions. We are training hard with friendlies planned, and will be giving this opportunity everything we’ve got.”