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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 10:44

England U20 New Head Coach

Strode’s College Sports Teacher Lou Meadows has been appointed head coach of the England Counties U20 squad. Meadows is the first ever female head coach of an England men’s aspirational side, which she will lead during their tour of Georgia in May in preparation for the World Rugby U20 Championship in Italy this summer.

England Counties is the flagship team of the community game in England and offers players from National League 1 and below the opportunity to represent their country. Meadows is currently busy attending county games across the country as the four divisions (London and South East, Midlands, North and South West) hold final trials. From these they will bring their best players to the England Counties Trial weekend in Derby, where Meadows will select her final 23 for the tour.

When not coaching with England’s most talented U20s, Meadows is part of Strode’s College’s renowned Sports department which has a strong history of sporting success. Commenting on how her England coaching experience will benefit Strode’s students she said: “Being appointed Head Coach is a fantastic opportunity for me and recognition of my hard work for the last 12 years in coaching within the men’s game and gaining my level 4 qualification. I really hope it’s a step forward for the game in recognising coaches for their coaching abilities rather than as a former professional player or their gender and a realisation to the students of what they could achieve themselves.

“Strode’s have been brilliant in supporting me in my own development, whereby now I am able to use my qualification and experience to further benefit the sports students. Whether they are looking at further education, coaching qualifications or professional playing careers, I would hope that they utilise me for advice, support or even contacts in progressing in their careers.”

For the England U20 squad Meadows heads up a team which includes her assistant coach, a forwards coach, team manager, assistant manager, physio and a team doctor. She proudly acknowledges how this new role will hopefully represent to both her male and female students the opportunities within professional coaching. Equally important is also highlighting the work ethic and time management needed to successfully carry out a role of high responsibility in parallel to a busy teaching career.

Alongside having an England head coach on the teaching team, Strode’s elite student athletes also get high level support from the College. The recent accreditation from TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) recognised the College’s commitment to supporting students reach their potential in education alongside sporting success.

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Strode’s College’s work with elite student-athletes has been recognised with national accreditation from TASS, (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme), a Sport England funded partnership between talented athletes, education institutions and national governing bodies of sport. Strode’s is the only college in Surrey and the local area to be awarded the Dual Career Accreditation Scheme for their commitment to supporting elite student-athletes reach their potential in education alongside sporting success.

The College is currently supporting a number of elite athletes including Fraser Griffiths, an artistic gymnast who competes for Scotland, England rugby player Abbie-Louise Bailey and international Irish dancer, Lucy Potter.

Karen Griffiths Strode’s College Director of Sixth Form explains the importance of the accreditation to these students: “Balancing the demands of high level training alongside college study is the equivalent of holding down two jobs and what the TASS accreditation acknowledges is our commitment to helping students balance this challenge. They shouldn’t have to make a choice and by enabling them to do both we ensure that they have a very firm back up plan in the form of strong sixth form qualifications.”

As a TASS accredited college Strode’s recognises the flexibility and support young athletes require. Alongside access to the full range of A Levels and Level 3 BTECs, sporting students can also expect flexibility with regards to their timetable to support their training and competition schedule. As students will inevitably be absent to attend competitions the College also offers catch up schedules and access to learning platforms for remote study. 

Ms Griffiths continues: “Our support goes beyond the practical help with studies. Training at an elite level and sixth form study are both incredibly demanding. We also offer these students personal mentoring and guidance from pastoral tutors who have direct experience and understanding of national and international competitions with particular attention paid to employability, social media, finance and budgeting. We offer workshops on lifestyle, nutrition, physiotherapy, psychology and strength and conditioning alongside free access to the gym and close liaison with coaches to support their overall wellbeing.”

TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) is a Sport England funded partnership between talented athletes, education institutions and national governing bodies of sport, all working together to bring the best out of the country’s most exciting young talents.

Strode’s College has long had a reputation for sporting success in the classroom and on the playing fields. The College offers a range of sport A Levels and BTECs and has a strong history of success at county and national level for a number of sports. To find out more go to www.windsor-forest.ac.uk or come along to the next Strode’s Open Day on Tuesday 11 February 2020.

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Top achievers at East Berkshire College were honoured at the College’s annual Stand Out Awards Ceremony on Tuesday (21st June).

Former student and co-founder of the charity EduHaitian, Olivia Owen was guest speaker at the prestigious event, which was held at the College’s Langley Campus in Station Road.

The awards acknowledged the outstanding achievements of over 110 students, across both the Langley and Windsor colleges. Prizes were awarded for excellence, endeavour, achievement, service to the community and most promising student for each of the College’s curriculum areas as well as an overall Learner of the Year, Apprentice of the Year and Alumni of the Year.

An elated Michaela Simsova (aged 21, from Colnbrook), who is studying the Diploma in Sports and Active Leisure at Langley College, received the accolade of overall College Student of the Year.

“I’m surprised and delighted,” enthused Michaela. “I’ve never won anything like this before. My English wasn’t very good when I first started at the College, but my lecturers were really supportive and taught me to believe in myself. Thanks to them, I have been able to progress my studies, gain a part-time job as a fitness instructor and follow my dream of going to university to study physiotherapy.”

In addition to her studies, Michaela is an active member of the College community and volunteers as a college sports activator, regularly running sports sessions for other students.

Another winner was champion slalom canoeist and former student Mallory Franklin, who won the coveted Alumni of the Year Award for her outstanding sporting achievements since graduating in 2012. Since studying sports and exercise science at the College, Mallory has represented Great Britain all over the world and achieved three Senior World Cup gold medals, two Senior World Championship silver medals and a Senior European Silver medal. Most recently she won gold in the C1 canoeing event at the 2016 World Cup in France.

This year’s Apprentice of the Year Award went to Tom Wigington (aged 17), who is currently working as a carpentry apprentice for Deadline Cutting Limited in Watford: “Winning this award gives me the confidence of knowing I’m going in the right direction. I find it easier to learn by doing something practical rather than sitting at a desk, so being an apprentice is great as you’re out there learning and earning money at the same time.”

Olivia Owen gave an inspiring and heartfelt speech, talking of the unwavering support she received during her time at college. Support that led her to transform her life and give her the confidence to undertake an incredible journey of humanitarian work in Haiti, following a devastating earthquake. Since completing her childcare course in 2010, Olivia has worked in orphanages, taught English, helped with reconstruction projects and co-founded the charity EduHaitian, where she is continuing her mission to provide school scholarship for children in need.

“East Berkshire College is a really special transformative place for me, so I was honoured to return to speak at the annual awards. I dropped out of school and didn’t think education was for me, but coming to the College changed everything for me. I was nurtured by some incredible teachers, who really believed in me.

“Thanks to the College, I not only achieved my qualifications, but went on to study International Studies at Goldsmiths University and I’ve set-up the charity EduHaitian. When we launched the charity in 2011, we were able to support five children in Haiti to go to school and now five years on, we are able to help 50 young people access education.”

The special evening event was attended by over 300 guests, which included students, parents, teachers and local dignatries. Hospitality and catering students served up a delicious range of canapés at the event, while performing arts students narrated the proceedings.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses available, please click here or call 01753 793000

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From flower arranging and creative nail art to face painting and go karting, there was an extravaganza of activities to entertain and educate visitors at East Berkshire College’s new look Langley College on Saturday (10th May).

Over 1,200 visitors enjoyed a host of demonstrations, games and stalls at the College’s annual Summer Fun Day in Station Road. With something for all the family, this free community event saw college students and staff showcase their talents in an array of interactive demonstrations and displays.

Highlights of the day included a bouncy castle, a petting zoo (from meerkats to mini beasts), face painting, go-karting (over 11s), a bouncy castle, fun photo booth, flower arranging and various arts and crafts activities. Hair and beauty students demonstrated the latest hair-up styles and make-up techniques in the brand new salons, while a futsal tournament took place in the Sports Centre.

Younger visitors were also able to have a go at decorating biscuits in the new Zest restaurant, while the College’s catering students were selling a selection of handmade cupcakes and scones. The local Fire & Rescue Service also brought along a fire engine much to the delight of some budding young firefighters.

Juliet Holloway, Director of Learner Service and Communications at the College, explains: “We held our first Summer Fun Day at our Windsor College last year and it was such a success that we decided to hold another fun day at our Langley College to celebrate our new multi-million pound facilities.

“As well as showcasing our extensive range of courses and facilities, the event has been a great opportunity to bring the community together and celebrate local talent. From sports to hairdressing and face painting to go-karting, there was something to entertain and inspire those of all ages. All in all, the day was a tremendous success with a record number of visitors through the doors.”

There was also a marketplace with local businesses selling a wide range of products. Businesses exhibiting included Wingrove’s Farm Shop, The Dinky Fingerprint Company, Jewel Mansion, Chalfont Chilli and Mantio Ice Cream.

Staff and students were also on hand to give visitors a guided tour of the facilities and answer questions on the College's extensive range of over 800 full-time and part-time courses including apprenticeships.

Local resident, Kelly Hockley was particularly impressed by the range of activities at the event. “I saw the Summer Fun Day advertised and decided to come along to see the new look college and find out about a course. It’s a great event for the community. There was an excellent range of activities for children and adults. Plus, it was all free!”

Another visitor Donna Gale (from Langley) agrees; “I think the event is a great idea. I was able to find out about Higher Education courses, while the children had a great time having their hair and nails done in the salons here.”

East Berkshire College continues to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and is currently undertaking a £30m refurbishment of its Langley College to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities for current and future students. These improvements include a new commercial hair and beauty salons as well a brand new Sports Centre.

For more information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of courses, please click here or call 0845 373 2500.

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East Berkshire College, which has colleges in Langley and Windsor, is delighted to be working in partnership with Reading FC's Community Trust on a new Futsal Academy. A special presentation was held to announce the partnership at half-time during the club's championship match against Huddersfield at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday (29th March 2014).

The partnership aims to encourage young people of all abilities, both male and female, to get involved in futsal (a FIFA approved five-a-side football game) and develop transferable skills through sport. Working together, the trust and the College will provide coaching sessions for schools in the Slough area and run tournaments at the College's brand new Sports Centre, which includes one of the only official futsal pitches in the south-east.

Students on the College's sports programmes will also have the opportunity to undertake work experience at the Madejski Stadium, hear from guest speakers from the club and train at The Dome - the club's superb £1million indoor training centre.

Graham Try, Deputy Principal for Finance & Resources at East Berkshire College, explains: "East Berkshire College is extremely proud to be working in partnership with such a renowned club as Reading FC. We have an excellent reputation in sport and we always aim to provide our students with the very best facilities and coaches to enable them to achieve their ambitions. This partnership will not only benefit our students and staff, but also local schools and the wider community."

Futsal is a five a-side game played with hockey-sized goals and a smaller ball, which is approved by FIFA, UEFA and the FA. Vital in the development of young players and easy to play, Futsal helps to improve technique, movement, tactical awareness and fitness.

Dave Evans, Reading FC Community Trust Manager, said: "We are very excited at this new partnership, East Berkshire College is going through a huge refurbishment with excellent leisure facilities for young people right in the heart of one of the hot beds of footballing talent – we are all about caring, developing and educating young people using football [Futsal] as the main engagement tool, the Futsal project we feel is an excellent way we can help achieve these objectives."

The College is fast becoming a centre of excellence for sport and offers students the chance to develop their skills in a new £5million Sports Centre, which includes a multi-purpose sports hall, fully-equipped gym and dance studio. Combining education and sporting excellence, the academy offers males and females the chance to study a full-time course whilst training to an elite level alongside professional coaches.

East Berkshire College continues to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and is currently undertaking a £30m refurbishment of its Langley College to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities for current and future students. These improvements include a new sports centre, Hospitality & Catering Academy, commercial hair and beauty salons and an Innovation Hub.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, including sports courses, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

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Tuesday, 03 December 2013 18:26

New look College is a hit with visitors

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Over 600 prospective students and their families visited East Berkshire College's new look Langley College on Tuesday (26 November) to check out its new state-of-the-art learning facilities and find out about over 800 courses at an Autumn Open Day.

From bricklaying to catering, there was an array of demonstrations running throughout the event to entertain and inform visitors. Highlights of the evening included a football skills competition in the College's new Sports Centre and hairdressing students demonstrating some of the latest hairstyling techniques. Meanwhile, beauty therapy students showcased their skills by providing free Indian head massages and manicures.

In the College's impressive Motor Vehicle & Engineering Department, visitors were able to tour the workshops and observe engineering students at work on the College's new £70,000 CNC milling machine. Plus, current students and staff were on hand to answer questions.

Prospective student Lucy Woods (15, from Windsor) attended the event to find out about courses in health and social care in order to pursue a career as a social worker.

"I heard about the Open Day at school, so I thought I'd come along and check out the College for myself. I was really impressed by the building as soon as I walked in. The College was more modern than I expected and everyone was really friendly. It was useful to be able to speak to current students as well as teachers about the courses too."

East Berkshire College continues to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and is currently undertaking a £30m refurbishment of its Langley College to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities for current and future students. These improvements include a new Hospitality & Catering Academy, which opened in October 2013, and new commercial hair and beauty salons which are due to be completed in early 2014.

Each year, the College helps thousands of individuals aged 14-90 to fulfil their ambitions through education and training. The College offers an extensive range of part-time, full-time and workplace training courses, from introductory right through to degree level.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of courses, please call 0845 373 2500 or click here.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013 18:07

College launches green travel plan

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A smoothie bike, BMX stunt show and a walk doctor were all in action at Langley College on Thursday (14th November) to educate students and staff on the benefits of changing to more eco-friendly forms of travel as part of a special Sustainable Travel Event.

Demonstrating East Berkshire College's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, the Sustainable Travel Event highlighted ways students could save money and keep fit by cycling or walking to college and even car sharing.

As well as receiving some fantastic discounts at local bike shops, the students were able to take part in an eco-driving challenge or use their peddle power to whizz-up a healthy fruit drink on the 'Smoothie Bike.' There was even a Walk Doctor (aka Chris Rushbrook from charity Living Streets) on hand to provide prescriptions on how to incorporate more walking into their daily routines.

To encourage more people to swap their four wheels for two, charity Sustrans provided safety and security tips for budding cyclist and a bike doctor talked to students about how to ensure their bikes remain roadworthy. Meanwhile, Stows Cycle Shop showcased the latest range of bikes and accessories on the market. Jay Sengun from Stows Cycles, which has shops in Slough and Windsor, also entertained the crowds with some impressive BMX stunts outside the new look Langley College.

Ramandeep Gogna, Travel Plan Co-ordinator at East Berkshire College, explains: "As a College, we are dedicated to promoting healthy, eco-friendly modes of transport and this latest travel event was a fun way to get the message across. We have already launched a number of travel initiatives including a car sharing programme, walking challenge and a student bus pass scheme. In the future, we also plan to introduce enhanced cycle facilities, public transport information screens and priority car sharing bays at our Langley College."

IT student Ali Asimi (19, from Slough) was one of the first to try out the driving simulator to learn how to drive more fuel efficiently:

"I really enjoyed the event and I think supporting green travel is important. I try to walk to college whenever I can as it saves money and it is good exercise."

The College's Sustainable Transport Event was held in association with Slough Borough Council and Slough's Local Sustainable Transport Project, which aims to reduce traffic congestion in the town and increase economic growth. The project includes the promotion of sustainable travel measures, improved cycle and walking routes as well as cycle training.

Laura Wells from Slough Borough Council, who attended the event, adds: "It's great to come to this event and speak to college staff and students about travelling here sustainably. There are so many initiatives on offer at the college, from cycle training to car sharing, and we are here to support staff and students in their travel choices. If everyone could reconsider their journey where possible and travel by bike, walking, public transport or car share, there will be less congestion on the roads, less pollution, and health and money-saving benefits for individuals too. Slough is relatively flat and compact and so is an ideal place to travel by bike or on foot."

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, including apprenticeships, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

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Former world champion boxer Barry McGuigan officially opened East Berkshire College’s new multi-million pound Sports Centre at Langley College on Tuesday (14th May 2013).


The boxing legend performed the official ribbon cutting ceremony along with College Principal Kate Webb and Chair of Governors, Tony Dixon. As well as welcoming visitors to the new £5 million Sports Centre, Barry kindly made time to sign autographs, answer questions and provide advice to budding young boxers.

Visitors to the event were able to check out the brand new facilities, watch demonstrations, meet the coaches, find out more about the College’s Sports Academy and meet a sporting legend. A variety of activities were running throughout the event to showcase the facilities including a five-a-side football tournament, street-dance class and a series of dynamic boxing demonstrations. School children from Langley Hall Primary Academy also took part in a special football skills session, which was delivered by sports students from the College’s coaching course.

Barry McGuigan said: “I’m excited to be able to open East Berkshire College’s new Sports Centre. The College is doing some great work here and the new facilities will enable more young people in this area to get involved in sports like boxing.

““In these challenging times, there is an even greater need to give young people the belief and a vision to succeed. I was given a chance through sport to fulfil my potential as I grew up, and I want through programmes like the Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy to give others that chance.”

The new Sports Centre is part of East Berkshire College’s £16m improvement project at its Langley College. The centre features a multi-purpose sports hall, a gym, dance studio, boxing gym, sports science lab and changing rooms. As well as meeting the needs of the College’s successful Sports Academy, the new facility will also provide the local community with public use of new sports amenities from September 2013. DSC 5468press

Simon East, Sports Academy Manager at East Berkshire College, explained: “This new state-of-the-art facility marks a significant investment by the College and one that will benefit students, staff and the wider community. We aim to provide students with an all-round education to enable them to achieve both their academic and sporting ambitions. Not only will the new sports centre provide top-class facilities in which our students can develop their skills, but we hope it will increase participation in sport among those of all ages in the local community.”

Student Nicole Brown, who is studying an Activity and Leadership Level 2 course at the College, added: “The new facilities are fantastic. There has been a real buzz about the opening event and having Barry McGuigan here was a real inspiration for everyone.”

East Berkshire College is the only college in the south-east to offer a Boxing Academy written and approved by Mr McGuigan himself. It offers young people the chance to study for a nationally recognised qualification whilst training to an elite level alongside professional coaches. The programme, which is approved by the Amateur Boxing Association (ABA), is open to males and females aged 16-19 who enrol on any full-time course at the College.

The College is fast becoming a centre of excellence for sport offering specialist programmes in sports such as football, rugby and boxing. Combining education and sporting excellence, the Sports Academy offers males and females the chance to study a full-time course whilst training to an elite level alongside professional coaches.

Over the years, East Berkshire College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and enhancing its range of courses. In February 2013, Ofsted rated the College as ‘good’ with outstanding features following a week-long inspection. Alongside other key strengths, the report recognised the real difference the College makes to the lives of its students in terms of their progress, success and employability. EBC 5759 710px web

For more information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, please call 0845 373 2500.
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Former world champion boxer Barry McGuigan will be officially opening East Berkshire College’s new multi-million pound Sports Centre at Langley College on Tuesday 14th May 2013. 


Visitors to the event will be able to check out the brand new facilities, watch demonstrations, meet the coaches, find out more about the College’s Sports Academy and meet a sporting legend. A variety of activities will be running to showcase the facilities including a five-a-side football tournament, Zumba class and boxing demonstrations. The facilities will be open for the public to view from 4pm until 7.30pm and staff will be on hand to advise on the wide range of courses available.

The new Sports Centre is part of East Berkshire College’s £16m improvement project at its Langley College. The centre features a multi-purpose sports hall, a gym, dance studio, sports science lab and changing rooms. As well as meeting the needs of the College’s successful Sports Academy, the new facility will also provide the local community with public use of new sports amenities from September 2013.

The College is fast becoming a centre of excellence for sport, offering specialist programmes in sports such as football, rugby and boxing. Combining education and sporting excellence, the Sports Academy offers males and females the chance to study a full-time course whilst training to an elite level alongside professional coaches.

For more information, pop along to the launch event or call East Berkshire College on 0845 373 2500.
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Thursday, 07 February 2013 14:38

New college sports centre is on track

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A 'topping out' ceremony at East Berkshire College's Langley College was held last week (Friday 1st February) to mark the progress of the building work on its new multi-purpose Sports Centre.

Staff, governors and students joined principal contractor Kier Construction and architects Bond Bryan to celebrate reaching the highest point of the build. As part of the ceremony, College Principal, Kate Webb, along with sports students Nicole Brown and Santino Bowen had the honour of laying three bricks to mark the auspicious occasion.

"It is fantastic to see our new facilities taking shape," enthused Principal Kate Webb. "The new multi-purpose Sports Centre, in particular, will be a valuable resource not only for our current and future students, but also the local community.

"The improvements to our Langley College mark a significant investment in the local area by East Berkshire College and are part of our ongoing commitment to providing the best possible facilities for students, staff and the local community."

Following the ceremony, guests were given the opportunity to take a guided tour of the site and appreciate the extent of the new state-of-the-art sports facilities, which are due to open in May 2013.

Student Nicole Brown, who is studying an activity and leadership level two course, said: ""I feel really lucky to have been able to go on site and see the building work. The building is bigger than I expected and I can't wait to see what it will all look like when it is finished. The Sports Centre will provide us with more professional facilities to train in and will encourage more students to keep fit and take up a sport, not just sports students."

Langley College, which is part of East Berkshire College, is currently undergoing a £16m makeover to provide new state-of-the-art learning facilities, including a new Hospitality & Catering Academy and multi-purpose Sports Centre, to meet the community's current and future learning needs.

The College is fast becoming a centre of excellence for sport offering specialist programmes in football, rugby, netball and boxing. The new Sports Centre will not only meet the needs of the College's successful Sports Academy, but also provide the local community with public use of new sports amenities.

Once the Sports Centre is completed, work will begin on transforming the former sports hall into an exciting new Hospitality & Catering Academy. Due for completion in August 2013, this will feature professional training kitchens and a working restaurant.

Glyn Salmon, Kier Construction director said, "We are delighted to be part of the East Berkshire College project team. Today's topping out ceremony is just one of the many events we are organising with the College, which reflects the true spirit of partnership adopted by everyone involved in this project."

The improvement project for Langley College will cost approximately £16m and is being funded mainly by the College, and part funded by a Government grant.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, including Sports, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

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