The Sports Department celebrated in style this year, holding a glitzy BAFTA-esque awards event on the evening of Wednesday 8 May.
Here at Notre Dame we are very proud of our sporting achievements. We run highly successful basketball and football academies led by professional coaches, which are designed to combine training with an academic timetable. We also have a range of sports teams that compete on Wednesday afternoons in the Association of Colleges Yorkshire and Humber League. These include basketball, netball, volleyball, and three football teams. All our sporting students are part of TeamND.
At this year’s TeamND Sports Awards, Head of PE and Sport Mr Scott Broadley and Mrs Vic Tiffany (who coordinates all our enrichment activities) ran the show. They were ably supported by the sports teaching staff and team coaches. Invited VIPs included Notre Dame alumni Paddy Miller, Nathan Wyspianski and Richard Downes. Our college principal Mrs Justine Barlow also attended, congratulating the students and presenting each one with a commemorative sports yearbook.
Each team’s coach presented awards for Players’ Player of the Year, Coach’s Player of the Year, and Most Improved Player in their team. In addition, ex-student Paddy Miller presented Victor Ludorum and Victrix Ludorum awards to overall male and female champions. A full list of winners is given below.
Light refreshments were provided for all, as well as musical entertainment and the opportunity to use a free photo booth (all photos are on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/notredamecoll). Midway through the event, students took part in a ‘plank-off’ to see who could hold the plank position the longest. The winner of this battle of wills (and abdominal muscles) was Maria Girt.
Head of PE and Sport Mr Broadley said, ‘Our awards event provides a fantastic opportunity to celebrate this vital part of college life and show our students how proud we are of their endeavours. Thank you to all the staff, coaching staff, support staff and our amazing students’.
TeamND Sports Award Winners
Coach’s Player of the Year – Matthew Laird
Co-Players’ Player of the Year – Jens Nsengimana Jakub Krajewski
Most Improved Player – Daniel Armintia
Coach’s Player of the Year: Emma Watson
Players’ Player of the Year: Holly Staten
Most Improved Player: Becky Noble
Manager’s Player of the Year – Joe Fitzpatrick
Players’ Player of the Year – Jonah Smith
Most Improved Player – Jose Paulino
Manager’s Player of the Year – Charlotte Ward
Players’ Player of the Year – Melissa Metcalfe
Most Improved Player – Maria Girt
Football 2nd XI
Coach’s Player of the Year – Aaron Taki
Players’ Player of the Year – Aaron Taki
Most Improved Player – Sulaiman Rauf
Coach’s Player of the Year: Tailson Borges
Players’ Player of the Year: Andrew Sarai
Most Improved Player: Fatemeh Kazemi