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What a difference a year makes

22nd May 2013 <b>What</b> a difference a year makes

So much has happened over the last year across the Sports Development Centres - with a record number of games won and students’ being selected to play for England and Scotland there has never been a better time to join the winning team! Here is a season review from each of the Sports Development Centres:


With interest in the Rugby Development Centre increasing rapidly, Coach Lee Greenwood managed to field two teams this season. The first team started well and claimed some big wins but two defeats to Wakefield meant they had to settle for the runners-up position in the Yorkshire Premier. The second team entered the Yorkshire Division 2 and were competitive in most games, finishing fourth.

Remarkably, both teams made it through to the Yorkshire Cup Semi-Finals. The first team demolished Huddersfield New College, while the second team’s season ended at Wakefield. The final saw the first team claim their first Yorkshire Final win, with a stunning 20 - 4 victory over Wakefield. The team continued their remarkable form by winning in the National Cup Semi Final. Unfortunately, they fell just short in the National Final, losing to Runshaw 20 - 8 at Widnes (only their third defeat of the season).

The squad enjoyed their second annual overseas trip to Malta in February, beating Gozo 76 -18 in their tour match.

Six members of the team; George Hulme, Brad Hill, Jake Smith, Sam Dunn, Louis Hobbs and Callum Dunne made it through to the successful Yorkshire Colleges squad that won the regional tournament in May. This resulted with Jake, Callum and Brad being selected to play for the 2013 England Colleges squad.

The College’s link with Halifax RLFC continued to bear fruit with Jordan Whippey, Sam Dunn, Callum Dunne, Louis Hobbs, Brad Hill, James Hanson, Connor Farnell and Aron Manger all playing for the club’s under 20s team.

Training for the 2013 -14 season commences in August and although many applications have already been received, there is still time to apply.


The Calderdale College Football Development Centre first team enjoyed their successful ever finish to a BCS (British Colleges Sport) season by finishing 4th in the Yorkshire and Humberside region. The team were unbeaten in the league by Christmas, drawing only one game, a 4 - 4 draw away to Greenhead College. The second half of the season was plagued by inconsistency and in the end the team had to settle for a fourth placed finish with also a first round exit from the cup at the hands of Notre Dame College. The team also enjoyed a terrific run in the Pennine league playoffs, reaching the final which is due to be played over the next couple of weeks. The second team also competed well in their BCS fixtures, claiming excellent wins against York and Harrogate, but in the end finished in the bottom half of the table. Recruitment for the Football Development centre is proving to be extremely popular again this year, with the trials for the new season being held on Wednesday 12th June.


This year has proven to be the most successful for the girl’s football team yet. After starting strongly they found themselves top of the British Colleges of Sport, Yorkshire and Humberside league. The Women's Football Development Centre managed to beat off tough competition including York College, Barnsley College and local rival Colleges Bradford and Wakefield to be finally crowned champions. Some great displays of football throughout the year and a great team ethos left the Calderdale College Football girls top of the league, with 42 points, losing only two games all year. Captain Kirstie Poxon and top scorer Jessica Doyle gained selection for the West Riding County FA representative squad after being nominated through their performances for College.


After losing their full team from the previous season, it was always going to be a transitional year for the Netball Development Centre. The team showed their commitment by fulfilling all of their fixtures; despite having to play against well-established Colleges like Greenhead and Pontefract in the BCS Yorkshire & Humber league. To aid development, the girls also played some friendlies against local teams from the North Bridge League. Next year the girls are hoping to enter a local Thursday night league alongside the BCS fixtures on Wednesday afternoons. Hopefully the challenges faced by the team and staff this season will stand them in good stead for the 2013-14 campaign.

If you would like more information about the Sport Development Centres or would like to apply please call 01422 357357 or email                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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