College sports stars shortlisted at North Ayrshire award ceremony

College sports stars shortlisted at North Ayrshire award ceremony

Staff and students at Ayrshire College’s Skills Centre of Excellence in Irvine were sporting big smiles on their faces this week, after they were shortlisted for a number of awards.

The finalists have been announced for the North Ayrshire Community Sports Awards 2017 in association with KA Leisure and North Ayrshire Council, and Ayrshire College’s Sport and Fitness department is well-represented, with no less than 7 nominations.

Lecturers Paul Brodie and Kirsty Cameron will compete for the Sports Ambassador of the Year award, while students Stuart Drummond, Deirdre Nagle and Adrienne Thomson have been nominated across a number of categories.

Stuart is challenging for both the Young Coach of the Year and Young Sports Ambassador of the Year awards, with his work with Clark Drive Girls FC and active schools being recognised, with Adrienne also shortlisted for the latter specifically for her outstanding work with older populations within the community being acknowledged.

Deirdre is a finalist for the Power of Sport Award given her excellent commitment to learning over a number of years at Ayrshire College and for displaying excellence in badminton.

Finally the Ayrshire College Sport and Fitness Team has been nominated in the Partnership in Sport Award category for their strong links with Active Schools, KA Leisure, the Livewell project and North Ayrshire Council.

Ayrshire College’s Skills Centre of Excellence opened in October 2014 and is situated within Irvine Royal Academy. This arrangement provides school students access to vocational courses previously available only by attending a traditional college building.

James Adams, Head of Learning and Skills for Sport and Social Science, said “It speaks volumes for the commitment and dedication of our staff and students that we have seven nominations for these prestigious awards. The college is committed to developing sport, fitness and health for all within our community.”

29 September 2017

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