Sports Roundup: Gold in Nepal, Futsal Top 5 & more…

All the latest sport news from across the College, including students own personal accomplishments.


Duathlon: Run, Cycle, Sprint

Three students have all placed in the top 5 at Pembrey Duathlon in Wales, fending off numerous international athletes.

The contestants faced less than favourable conditions as they completed a 5km trail run, 19km cycle, and 2.5km final sprint. The students put on a tour de force, with Lawrence James 2nd, Liam Sewell 3rd, and Luke Rogers 5th.

“All three students impressed the crowd with their resilience and determination and performed exceptionally well to finish at the top of end the field,” said Sports Lecturer Damian Cuke.



Congratulations to Siddhant Gurung on his recent swimming successes in Nepal.

In March Sidd won two golds and a bronze in Nepal’s South regional qualifier, winning the 50 metre Freestyle and Butterfly events. Sidd also came third in the 200 metre Individual Medley.

In the National Finals Sidd came in 4th place after competing in the relay and 50 metre freestyle events. This represents one of the fastest times overall across the male, female and all other categories combined. As a result, Sidd is now being considered for Nepalese national team, where if successful he will compete in the South Asian Games this December.

Sidd, who swims with the Swindon Dolphins, said: “It’s been a lot to take in. I only started swimming competitively late last year and all this has come as a bit of a shock.”


Futsal students narrowly missed out on a podium finish representing the South West at the FA People’s Cup. The team were placed 4th in Men’s College division at St Georges Park (Sat, 27 April), drawing 2-2 in their final game with eventual competition winners, Disco Trimmers.

The six-man squad included players Alex Turland, Harry Wadey, Jack Hughes, Jimmy Seager, Rob Haines, and Captain Truan Taylor. “We didn’t have any academy players in our team, so we were the real underdogs. We’re all just mates who play on the College field at lunchtime,” says Truan.

You can read about the team’s semi-final victory over Hartpury or find out about the College’s Football Academy here.

 Football Academy

The first team have placed a respectable third in the West Midlands Men’s Championship – scoring a total of 59 goals this season. Highlights include a resounding 4-1 against Hartpury and hard-fought 2-2 draw against Heart of Worcester.

Stand out players include Connor Hibbs, Adam Day and Finn Fowler for their great performance and consistency.

Meanwhile, the second team got through to the 5th round of the regional cup this month – knocked out by strong, national league side Brockenhurst. The team managed a tremendous four game unbeaten run, scoring 21 goals and conceding only two in that time.

A special mention to Finn McCarth, Jamie Shaw, and Colin Bates for consistently standing out throughout the season.

“Both teams have given what can only be described as an amazing, all round performance this season,” says Coach Nick Peare. I look forward to seeing what new and exciting talent 2019 will bring and encourage anyone interested to sign up for trials in September.”


Race for Life

80 students and staff took part in April’s Race for Life, part of the College’s Health and Wellbeing week. Volunteers raised a tremendous £150 for Cancer Research UK in partnership with the Association of Colleges (AoC), and campaign ‘This Girl Can.’

Congratulations to Liam Nolan who was the first to cross the finishing line, closely followed by Zoe Mayo. A special mention to all the local businesses who supported the race, including Cirencester Cancer Research.

Event organiser Jess Huddleston wanted to commend all those involved: “Despite the horrendous weather, volunteers showed their resilience by turning out in great numbers. A big shout out to students from the Uniformed Public Services course who mucked in and set up the course. Putting on an event like this provides an invaluable experience, which I hope will be a great benefit to their course.”


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