Student scoops national sports award

Student scoops national sports award

(L-R) Donna Thompson (AoC Sport), Dan Meakin, Jane Tunnicliff (Business Development Manager at NULC) and Neil Barlow (Assessor at NULC)

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) sport apprentice scoops Sport Apprentice of the Year Award at the AoC Sport Awards 2016.

Dan Meakin aged 22 from Newcastle-under-Lyme is employed as a Level 3 sports apprentice and was nominated for the award for his exemplary commitment to his role within the workplace.

Dan said: “I was thrilled to be shortlisted for this award but I never thought I’d actually win so I’m absolutely ecstatic!  I’m very passionate about sport and my role in the school so it’s great to be recognised.”

Dan began his employment at Sutherland Primary School in Blurton as a Level 2 Activity Leadership Apprentice which he successfully achieved and went on to become the first NULC apprentice to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport.

Gary Boote, Headteacher at Sutherland Primary Academy, said: “Dan is thriving in his new role at Level 3 and he is leading on tasks such as curriculum planning for the school.  He shows a huge level of commitment not only within the school timetable but also in the after school clubs.  Dan fully deserves to be recognised for his outstanding achievement and we’re pleased to offer him a full-time position.”

The AoC Sport Awards conference was held on Tuesday 28 June at the International Centre, Telford.  NULC had students shortlisted in 4 out of the 5 categories.  Lucy Holt, aged 19 from Talke Pits, was runner up in the category Student Performer of the Year and Florence Owen, aged 18 from Penkhull, was runner up in the category Inspirational Student of the Year.

NULC was rated outstanding by Ofsted for sport and recreation and provides apprenticeships, full-time and part-time courses in Sport and Exercise. 

To find out more about courses at Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) visit or contact the Information Point on 01782 254254 or

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AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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