Oldham Sixth Form College


Sporting Successes for OSFC

Sporting Succeses for OSFC

Our Sport department has had a very productive and busy half term filled with guest speaker events, visits and trips. A highlight of the term was a visit from former Olympian and Commonwealth Bronze Medallist, Kelly Massey. The track and field star talked to our sport students about an athlete's lifestyle and coaching, giving them an insight into her successful career and what life is like as a professional athlete. Two former students (Adam and Jack Dunkerley), who have gone onto set up their own coaching business since leaving college, came back to deliver a workshop to students focused on ‘Calculated Performance’. They shared their knowledge of what a good coaching session involves before encouraging and supporting the students in developing their own drills and games.

Our students embarked on two trips to Bolton Arena and Manchester Football Museum. During the first trip to Bolton Arena students visited the Elite Tennis Centre. During a tour, they were given an insight into how the Arena works, how they train athletes from a young age to become professionals, as well as having the opportunity to be coached by one of the tennis coaches employed there. At the Football Museum students attended a talk about the history of football and were able to tour the museum to find out more about football and other sports.

OSFC’s partnership with Leeds Rhinos Academy has also been growing in strength this term. Our new Rugby coach Joe Sanderson has been delivering two rugby sessions per week for our students and we also hosted an open evening for local Year 11 students on 6 December.


Individual team achievements include:

  • The Girls Football team had their first win of the season with a great team performance against Xaverian. The joyous faces of the players after the win is what we have really missed with the absence of team sports!
  • The Basketball team also had a great start to their season with a convincing win against Oldham College. This was a great win as it was the first time the team had played together and, for many of the players, it was their first opportunity to play for a basketball team.
  • The Men's first team football had a challenging start to the season playing against the majority of the best teams in the league in the first few weeks. A real team spirit was formed with a sense of togetherness apparent on and off the pitch.
  • The Men's second team football has made a good start to their campaign with two draws and a win in their first 5 games. The win came against Loreto with Loreto having a strong start to the game being 3-1 up by half time. However, with 3 goals in the last 10 minutes, we managed to bring back the lead and hang on to a valuable three points. The camaraderie was clear to see with the players smiling all the way back to college - something we have really missed throughout the past two years!
  • Last but not least, we have our Netball team who have made the best start possible to their campaign. With 4 wins out of 4, they are looking to stay unbeaten for the rest of the season and win the league! 

Students with Kelly Massey:

Adam and Jack Dunkerley with tutor David Jackson: