Sporting success at AOC National Finals

Congratulations go to Cirencester Sixth Form College’s Andy Ferris and Andrew Jones, who returned triumphant with Gold medals from the recent AOC (Association of Colleges) National Sports Finals.

This year’s event was held in Newcastle upon Tyne, but despite the early start and a long journey the success of Andy and Andrew in the Badminton doubles was a first for Cirencester College, making it all worthwhile. ­­ The talented pair won a fast paced match against a team from King George V College without dropping a set.

In addition to badminton, Cirencester College also had competitors in Cross Country, Swimming and Tennis.

The College had two entries in the Tennis a mixed pairs, Rebecca Giles and Tayten Nyahwa and Matt Daniels and Elliott Kami, who competed in the men’s doubles. Both pairs played extremely well and their matches were extremely close, on this occasion sadly no medals.

The Swimming Events saw Becky Cook win the 100m Breaststroke, as part of the team event. Cross Country produced the College’s second and third medal, a Sliver Individual Medal and a Team Gold. Zoe Wassell, our silver medallist did extremely well, second only to the same runner who beat her in the West Midlands round, Lucy Holt of Newcastle Under Lyme College. Zoe is now in the top 15 runners in the UK for her age group and discipline.

Chris James, Head of Faculty for Science and Sport said “The students were amazing. So professional in every way, including pre match preparation, nutrition and sportsmanship”

The good news is that many of these students are in their first year, so will be in a position to build on the success of this year during next year’s competition.”

Tennis player Elliott Kami summed up the experience for the students, “the AOC championships was definitely an experience I would recommend to any athlete who wants to challenge themselves in some of the highest competitive atmospheres you could experience at this stage of your life. For someone who has always competed individually, I felt that everybody taking part worked as a team to achieve the best results possible. Overall the AOC is a fantastic competition and I can’t wait for next year.”
For more information please contact Chris James on 01285 640994 or email

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