New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2JX
Jack & Oliver
Sport plays an important part in the life of NCW and students have access to a full range of sporting activities either as part of the College day or in after-College clubs and activities.
From a student taking part in their first sporting event to supporting a student training for the 2016 Paralympics, it’s the 'can-do' attitude at the College that encourages students to push themselves to reach their full potential.
6th Form student, Jack, joined NCW in Year 9 and although he enjoyed sport, he was unable to take part in his mainstream school. It became clear to PE staff that Jack had a natural talent for running and encouraged him to train and develop his skills not only during College hours but at competitions outside of the College.
It was during a national competition that Jack was spotted by a specialist VI coach and he began to train extensively after school and at weekends. Supported by NCW staff, he travelled extensively to compete in competitions worldwide in the 100m, 200m and long jump, winning Silver and Bronze medals. During this year he also won OCS Young Sports Personality of the Year.
Through this success Jack was then approached by UK Athletics to train for the 2016 Paralympics in the 100m and 200m and he continues to work hard on his road towards 2016 fame. He is currently running the fastest 100m time in his age group and sight category in the world this year. He told us;
"I can’t believe that something as simple as running during my college PE lessons has lead me down a path towards training for the Paralympics. I’m so grateful for all the support that my coaches and NCW have given me to reach this point. I think it just shows that, with a little bit of encouragement, sport can be accessible to anyone, whether you’re visually impaired or not."
When Oliver joined NCW from his mainstream school, he had never been able to take part in any competitive sporting events. PE staff were quick to spot his sporting potential and within his first year at the College, Oliver was representing NCW at national school competitions, winning his first Gold medal in the 100, and 800m races. Oliver explained,
"When I joined NCW I hadn’t really taken part in running for a long time, but being able to take part in competitive events reminded me of how much I enjoyed running. It’s been really satisfying to win some medals and I felt really good about myself!"
Oliver’s parents added, "It’s so nice to see Oliver being enthusiastic about sport; something which he couldn’t really take part in before. He’s obviously found a new talent and we’re really proud of his achievements."