Congratulations to former Wyke Sport student, Jemma Purfield, on her nomination for the Leicester City FC “March Goal of the Month” competition.
Jemma is an established professional in the topflight of the women’s game, playing her third season in the Women’s Super League. At the beginning of the season, Jemma signed for newly promoted Leicester City, having previous played for Liverpool and Bristol City.
Whilst at Wyke, Jemma played in the highly successful women’s team, won “Sports Personality of the Year” and gained a scholarship to USA to complete her sport education. Having adopted 23 as her squad number, Jemma is a recognised attacking full-back, specialising in free-kicks and corners.
During her signing press conference, Jemma highlighted the exciting progression made by Leicester as it transitioned into a full-time, professional outfit last summer, gaining promotion at the first attempt.
“I think it’s been brilliant,” she explained. “You know, Leicester’s team last year was talented, and they’ve got some great players and so I’m looking forward to playing with them.
“And I just think that the vision of the Club and where they’re pushing this team is in the right directions, so I’m excited to join that.
“I know a few of the girls, so there’s some familiar faces about and some that I’ve not played with before. I’m excited to link up with those I know and also excited to get to know the new girls as well”.
At Wyke, so many students are successful beyond the classroom. Here’s one of them, former Howden School student, Beth Norton.
After completing her CTEC Extended Diploma in Sport at Wyke, Beth is progressing to Western College, Texas, USA, where she’ll refine her golfing skills alongside studying for a Sports Science degree. Western has an enviable reputation for developing the sports stars of the future having recently achieved a highly creditable 6th placing in a national US golfing tournament.
With the support of the Sports & PE department at Wyke, Beth’s timetable allows her to dedicate every Wednesday to golf practice and a programme of strength and fitness. The curriculum has also helped her develop her understanding of the anatomy of sport, a significant factor in achieving a competitive edge.
To discover more about the CTEC Sport programmes at Wyke, visit our course pages https://wyke.ac.uk/courses/sport/
View Beth’s recent interview on the College’s YouTube channel https://youtu.be/wpXw3YHPH5c
Here at Wyke, we love hearing about student success, and that’s why we were excited to learn about former Howden School student Beth Norton’s achievements both inside and outside of college.
On campus, second year student Beth is excelling in her studies producing work of a high standard in her full time Extended Diploma in Sport course. Outside of college, Beth is a keen Golfer and is currently a member of the Under 18s England training squad.
We caught up with Beth to gain an insight into golfing success so far; “I started at 7 years old with weekly lessons and when I was 10 my coach directed me to the Yorkshire girls training and then everything progressed from that point. I started with highest ladies handicap 36hcp but with lots of dedication, hard work and lots of coaching my handicap is now -4hcp. At the age of 14, I was selected for England U16 Yorkshire training squad and I am currently a squad member for U18 England training squad.
Beth’s studies at Wyke compliment her passion for Golf, speaking of this, Beth adds, “My favourite part of my studies is taking part in the practical based units during this sports course. I enjoy learning new skills within the different sports available.
My studies here at Wyke have helped increase my passion for golf by improving my knowledge on my body and how it works. This knowledge helps to prevent injury when training, The sports coaching units have helped with different training techniques which has helped with my training plans alongside my England Golf strength and conditioning coach. I have gained more confidence in myself which has motivated me to help with the junior training sessions at my local Golf Club.
I have committed to Western Texas College in America for August 2022 to continue improving my knowledge and skills in golf. The studies here at Wyke have helped open my mind to other options available within Golf which will help with my long-term future plans of hopefully turning professional and join LPGA.”
Well done Beth. We look forward to following your journey over the next few years and beyond.
We would like to congratulate Sam Pattinson who is currently topping Wyke’s Strava Lunar Challenge Leaderboard.
The challenge launched by AoC Sport last week is asking students and staff to run, walk or cycle 238,855 miles, the equivalent of travelling to the moon.
Sam, who is visually impaired, decided to take on the challenge to represent the Additional Learning Support department at the College. “I set out to prove that it is the ability rather than the disability that defines me and others in the department.”
The Challenge’s aim is to encourage students and staff to keep active and maintain mental wellbeing during lockdown, something that Sam has enjoyed about the challenge so far. “I have always enjoyed keeping fit and it is a massive part of my life. I have noticed that the Lunar Challenge has had a positive effect on my mental health and well-being.”
Well done Sam!
If you want to sign up for the Lunar Challenge please contact Kate Clark on Teams for more information.
Recently, we contacted former Wyke student Louis Mobbs to chat about his post-Wyke life. It’s an inspirational story and really outlines what is possible if you really set your mind on achieving your goals. From his Hull secondary school, to Wyke, to Saint Peters USA on a soccer scholarship, to a career in New York city; Louis’ story is great to read. So instead of editing and rewording, we’re publishing Louis’ email in full.
“I started Wyke in 2010 and finished in 2012. I studied Sports, Psychology, Accounting and Law. My original career choice was either to be a Lawyer or an Accountant as I enjoyed those classes most and the teachers were the ones I was closest too. They had the most influence on me and that’s where my interests lied at the time. I’ll always remember being in accounting with Nicola Baker and having banter about Man Utd and it was her approach to teaching made me enjoy it the most. When it came around to Uni decision time, I didn’t even apply to any universities. I decided that education wasn’t for me and instead of continuing into university, I started work as an accountant at an insurance broker. I soon grew to hate that also (not the job so much, just the 9-5, no ambition lifestyle more than anything) and it was around this time my football was somewhat hitting it’s prime.
I was just selected to play semi professional with North Ferriby and I was also just chosen to be the vice-captain for England Schools u’18s. This really propelled my footballing opportunities and the channels to global football. This is where I was linked to a ‘soccer’ scholarship program to play in the US. I signed up on a Tuesday, had a trial match in London on Thursday in front of 60 US coaches and by Friday had offers on the table for various colleges over the US. I had good connections with two specifically (Fairfield, CT & Saint Peters, NJ) due to players I played with at England choosing the same route and venturing to the US the year before I did. Both coaches came over to Hull to watch me at North Ferriby and I decided to go with Saint Peters. The college is in Jersey City which is a 10 minute ride into NYC, and that was enough to sell me into the move.
I was offered a full scholarship for a 4 year degree in economics, to live on campus and play as a center back. One week after accepting I broke my Patella (knee) and worried if I would be able to make it or if they would rescind the offer as a result. Luckily, I got back to fitness and left in the summer of 2013. I played the first 2 years as a center back before moving into center forward. My junior and senior year I was the captain for the team and was top goal scorer. Through out my collegiate career, I had many chances to play for professional teams and start on the ladder towards being a pro, but none worked out as I wasn’t willing to leave a degree and 100s of thousands of dollars behind to pursue – my goal was to stay in America and get a job I love in NYC. I did just that when I decided to get my real estate license and work for a start up brokerage firm selling and renting properties. One of the best things Ive ever done. I saw apartments, houses, penthouses etc that blew my mind. I attended viewings and parties of the mega rich and famous. This opened my eyes to the NYC life and from there I was addicted; I’m never coming home I told myself. Due to visa requirements, I then left to join an English based recruitment firm who had a NYC office and I’ve been with them since. I’ve since had a beautiful little girl, Alivya, and now live in my own apartment in Downtown Jersey City.
I would re-live my days at Wyke in a heartbeat. There was a feeling of acceptance and unity with Wyke that has never been matched in any endeavor I’ve had since. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some pretty great things since, but Wyke was always a milestone in my life that put me where I am today. It resonated from the upper management staff, through to coaches and assistants and into the teams. From football, to rugby, netball, basketball etc, we were all one, which is hard to find (especially in the US). At the time, Lucid, Julie, Ben, Mike and Gaffa were the ones I was closest to and they are the ones that make Wyke what it is. They respect you and push you – that’s everything you need in a coach/mentor. Wyke is certainly an era of my life that will be unmatched. The people I met, the things I/we accomplished, the friends I made, the memories I created, the lessons I learnt… all are some of the best. As cheesy as it is, they are definitely your best days. I still get excited thinking about some of the memories we had as a team there. My biased opinion is that our class of 2012 was a turning point for Wyke’s sports and where Wyke started to become a known name in most, if not all, sports.”
Last year, the PE, Sport and Dance teachers at Wyke proudly won the Gold Award for “FE Teaching Team of the Year”. These prestigious awards are sponsored by Pearson Education, and backed by the BBC and the Department for Education.
In the build up to this year’s awards, The Teaching Awards Trust, who coordinate and celebrate excellence in teaching, are promoting “The Thank a Teacher Day” on 20th May.
The aim of the day is to raise the profile of the teaching profession, highlight the positive impact teachers and school leaders have with pupils, parents and the wider community, and show teachers how much they are valued.
We’ve all had a great teacher. They show a real interest in who we are, listen to our thoughts, inspire us to learn and encourage us to achieve our best, no matter what our goals are. The influence of a good teacher lasts a lifetime.
If you know someone who deserves a “thank you”, visit: https://bit.ly/2shxPAj. They’ll receive a lovely card in the post as part of the #ThankATeacher campaign. It will make their day and it’s free to do!
Congratulations to our dance team, who this weekend successfully secured all 4 of their routines a place in the Grand Final of the ‘That’s Showbiz’ national dance competition, which will take place at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena next month.
Wyke’s dance teachers said: “What an amazing weekend at That’s Showbiz. We honestly cannot begin to tell you how proud we are of you all, every single dancer was amazing. Finals here we come!”
Over the course of the weekend, the team received an astonishing nine trophies for their outstanding performances:
DAY 1 RESULTS
1st in Open Genre for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
2nd place overall for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
2nd in Hip Genre for ‘The Incredibles’
Adjudicators Choice Award for ‘The Incredibles’
DAY 2 RESULTS
1st in Hip Genre for ‘Ghost Town’
2nd place overall for ‘Ghost Town’
Best Small Group for ‘Anatomical Metronome’
3rd in Classic Genre for ‘Anatomical Metronome’
4th place overall for ‘Anatomical Metronome’
It is another fantastic achievement for Wyke’s dancers, who last year were crowned overall champions of this competition for their Contemporary routine “1942 Land Girls Struggle”. The team overcame tough competition from dance groups from over 200 dance schools across the country to bring home the trophy and £2,500 prize money.
This year’s Grand Final will take place on the 22nd and 23rd February 2020 and we wish our dancers the very best of luck in defending their national title!
On Saturday our national award winning dance team competed in the heat stages of the That’s Showbiz dance competition at Ellesmere Port and came home with an exceptional 9 trophies, with 4 routines successfully progressing into the semi final stages of the competition which will take place in Blackpool.
Heat 1 results:
Best Small Group for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
Highest Mark in Classic Genre for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
1st place overall in Senior category for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
Highest Mark in Open Genre for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
3rd place overall in Senior category for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
Adjudicators Choice Award for ‘ The Incredibles’
4th place overall in Senior category for ‘The Incredibles’
Heat 2 results:
Highest Mark in Hip Genre for ‘Ghost Town’
1st place overall in Senior category for ‘Ghost Town’
Huge well done once again to all our dancers, bring on Blackpool! 👏
Our dance team will be performing all of these routines at our Christmas Showcase on 3rd December, see our event on our Facebook page for more details.
Wyke Sixth Form College’s P.E, Sport and Dance Teaching Team have been recognised for their “inspirational work in education” at the 2019 Pearson Teaching Awards.
The Team were awarded Gold in the ‘National Team of the Year’ category at last night’s glamorous ceremony, hosted by BBC presenters Tina Daheley and Sean Fletcher.
Commended for going “above and beyond,” the Team were praised for the significant amount of hard work they put into the College, well beyond their timetable commitments.
The Team are a vital part of Wyke’s success, both inside and outside of the classroom; offering fantastic enrichment opportunities for students including our national award winning dance, rugby and football teams, trips around the world and a high level of dedicated support beyond lessons.
Delighted by the news, Principal Paul Britton said:
“What fantastic news! The staff and students in Wyke’s Sport, PE and Dance team are deserving winners of the Pearson National Teaching Award for FE team of the year.
With literally hundreds of students engaging in sports teams each week we were national semi-finalists in rugby and football, finalists in netball and national champions in dance. In addition to exceptional sporting success, our students achieve consistently in the top 5% in the country for their main qualifications. Perhaps most importantly, the team’s goal is to help all students develop the personal qualities that will ensure that they excel in their future careers.
An exceptional team and a great recognition for all their efforts.”
The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday, October 26, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”.
There is also an opportunity to meet with the Team and find out about Wyke’s exceptional Sport offering at our Open Evening, Thursday 24th October, 5.30pm-8.00pm.