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Woodley named College captain after picking up award

The head of sport at West Suffolk College has hailed the latest group of ‘talented’ students after their end-of-season awards were handed out.

Football, rugby and netball students were honoured with players’ player and outstanding achievement awards as the college celebrated individual and team achievements during the event held at Bury Rugby Club.

Matt Collins was named players’ player for football while Dan Hammett won the outstanding achievement award.

Haverhill-based Ethan Woodley was named the new college football captain after also picking up the Under-18’s player of the year award.

In rugby, Jack Rae won the players’ player award, presented by Bury Rugby and West Suffolk College coaches Gavin Hogg and Ashleigh Stevenson-Leigh.

Chris Lewis won the outstanding achievement award while Connor Morris became the new college rugby captain.

The college netball team enjoyed a fantastic season, winning the Association of Colleges (AoC) Eastern Division after winning all 12 league fixtures.

Georgia Cottrell won both the players’ player award and outstanding achievement award and it was announced that Pippa Griffiths would remain as netball captain for next season.

Richard Wilkins, head of sport at the college, said: “It was a very enjoyable evening and ends a long hard season.

“I must thank all my coaches — Ross Wilding, Ben Chenery and Phil Rowe for football, Gavin Hogg and Ashleigh Stevenson-Leigh for rugby and Alexa Burlow and Naomi Meara for netball — for all their hard work and professionalism.

“As in previous years, the West Suffolk College Sports Academy continues to meet the academic and sporting requirements of these talented individuals.

“The majority of students leaving have attained the desired criteria to allow them to continue their education at their chosen universities or employment pathway.”

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