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Hall of Fame education award win at Nottingham College

A Nottingham College employee is one of only two people nationally to win the prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Sport Hall of Fame Award 2019.

Will Thompson, Wellbeing Coordinator for Enrichment at Nottingham College, was presented with his award, which recognises his significant contribution to college sport and physical activity, at the AoC Sport National Championships opening ceremony in Nottingham on Friday 26 April.

The AoC Sport Awards are the chance for member colleges from across the country to showcase and celebrate the achievements and inspirational work of students and staff in college sport.

Over the past 13 years Will has worked with thousands of local students, to encourage them to participate in sport and fitness. In the last year alone, he has involved more than 500 students in sporting activities through the College’s enrichment programme.

He has worked closely with AoC Sport, the lead organisation for sport and physical activity in 16+ education. It’s part of the Association of Colleges, an organisation representing colleges in the UK, and Will has helped to encourage College students to take part in inter-college competitions, such as the AoC Sport National Championships.

Will said:

“I can honestly say that I love getting up in the morning and coming to work. The students really are what make your job.

“I’m passionate about participating in sport and so I like inspiring them to do something that has such great benefits!”

The AoC Sport National Championships are the largest annual student sporting event in the UK and Nottingham College had five students competing at this year’s final. 

Laura Archer, Wellbeing Manager at Nottingham College, is Will’s line manager.

She said:

“The Wellbeing team are here to ensure our students get the most out of their wider College experience.

“Over the years Will has helped so many students to boost their physical and mental health by taking part in sport. We’re really proud of him for winning this national award.”


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