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A special VIP dinner and awards celebration is held for sporting college students.


Sporting professionals of tomorrow gathered at Swinton Park Golf Club on Thursday 19th May, to celebrate their successes and achievements this year, at Salford City College’s inaugural Sportspersons Dinner.


The event was also attended by special VIPs from the sporting world, including former England defender, Earl Barrett, Social Inclusion Manager at Manchester City Football Club, Eddie Afekafe and the whole event was presented by sports writer and broadcaster, Dom McGuinness.


Awards were given to Sports Academy students at the college in categories such as Player of The Year, Most Improved Performer and Achievement Awards All students have had the opportunity to represent the college this year at national level in a variety of sports, often bringing home national titles for the college’s trophy cabinet.


The awards ceremony was followed by special addresses from the invited guests and a champion’s dinner.


Eddie Afekafe, who also stood alongside Prince William and David Beckham in making England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup last year, spoke about the importance of volunteering in sport and the skills, experience and confidence which can be gained.


Dom McGuinness, who works for talkSPORT and is a Director of The Sport Business, commented on the importance of events like this to young people:  "Awards evenings like this celebrate achievement, help raise aspirations and forge links with other organisations in the process.

"Salford City College is giving sports students a fantastic opportunity and real understanding of what it takes to make it in professional sport."


Phil Arbelo-Dolan, Sports Development Manager at the college, is looking forward to more events like this in the future: “We are not only able to nurture the talent of young sports people at the college, whatever subject they are studying, but it is also important that we celebrate their excellent successes.


“This year, students have represented the college on the national stage and we have continued to have the privilege to work with professional sports teams and organisations such as Blackpool FC, Bolton Wanderers FC, Amir Khan’s Gloves Community Centre and Salford City Reds.


“These are fantastic opportunities for the students, who are able to make important links for their future sporting careers.”


Chris Winstone, a first year BTEC sports studies student at the college, was presented with the Sports Personality of The Year award at the dinner, by Earl Barrett. 


Playing for the Rugby League Academy and swimming for the college swim team, as well as refereeing at local schools Rugby League matches, Chris devotes his time to developing his sporting abilities: “Studying at Salford City college has reenergised my childhood passion for sport and I will soon be working as part of the field of play team for British swimming in the upcoming Paralympics World Cup.


“It’s great to have opportunities like this to celebrate what we have achieved and I’m looking forward to hopefully winning the league and cup again next season with the Rugby League Academy at college.”

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