Congratulations are in order following a fantastic night of student awards on Monday 1st June, after Aberdeen City Campus played host to a special awards ceremony for Sports students at the North East Scotland College, with a special five awards sponsored by Protocol, the leading supplier of recruitment services in FE.
The Protocol Awards were driven by the notion to give something back to Further Education by recognising the outstanding achievements of learners across the Sports sector. Protocol has been working closely with the Aberdeen based Further & Higher Education provider since 1996 and this is their fourth year of supporting the Student Awards. Their long standing relationship with the college means they understand the ethos, standards and working practices of the college, and have made continuous positive contributions over the past 20 years.
“The Protocol Awards are an opportunity to formally acknowledge and celebrate sporting excellence among students at North east Scotland College” said Lawrence McLelland, Lecturer in Sport and co-ordinator of the event. “The five categories, sponsored by Protocol, are open to both full and part-time students at the College, thus raising awareness to all students across all courses.”
Running in conjunction with the HND Coaching with Developing Sport awards ceremony for Year 1 students, The Protocol Awards looked to celebrate particular individuals across a range of disciplines, who have displayed exceptional levels of performance, professionalism, and commitment in their sport. Winners were each presented with a certificate by Faculty Manager for Support Trish Swan, along with a cheque for £100 from Protocol’s Account Manager Geraldine Booth.
“I am delighted that my first visit as Account Manager sees me attending such an inspiring event. Protocol sponsor these awards because we truly value the job that Further Education Colleges provides to their local communities, and the students are at the heart of the Colleges success” Geraldine commented.
Nominations were made by fellow students for candidates who they believed fulfilled the criteria to match the various categories, recognising those that went above and beyond what would be expected of someone in working in that profession.
The winners for each award were as follows:
Health and Wellbeing Champion
Brandon has continued to show signs of a fitness professional. During the space of his 2nd year in his HND for Fitness health and Exercise he has worked with varying clients, continuing to show a need to develop his knowledge to benefit and promote the health of others. After working closely with a client struggling with their weight and declining health, Brandon became a significant contributor towards his clients change for a healthier lifestyle and overall wellbeing.
Sport Performer of the Year
What separates Orla from other excelling Sport Performers within NESCol is her daily commitment and dedication to her sport and studies. Her high work ethic allows her to cope with demanding training hours, a part time job and her college work. Fellow students have described her as a role model for young athletes who face similar circumstances and Orla’s positive attitude and enthusiasm on a daily basis makes her a great ambassador for sport and swimming.
Volunteering and Citizenship in Sport Award
Chad Wayne Simpson
Chad has been a dedicated volunteer at Street Soccer UK for the past 3 years, in which time he has used the power of sport to encourage young people between the ages of 6-13 to develop a more active lifestyle. This experience inspired Chad to attend college to improve his coaching skills and pursue a full time career in sport. He has shown genuine passion for his volunteer work, and regularly seeks out suggestions on how to improve as a coach or improve the experience for his clients.
Community Coaching Champion
Ricky has shown excellent commitment towards extra-curricular activities within the sports team this year. He was instrumental in setting up the College Football Team and has managed the team successfully throughout the year, finishing 3rd in the regional league. Ricky has played an integral role in fundraising activities for the sports teams, whilst also completing a coaching internship with the Scottish Football association
Disability Sport Ambassador
Since Spring 2013, Carl has received 50 medals, trophies and certificates for his achievements in swimming, athletics and cross country – all whilst under the watchful eye of specialist spinal consultants for a scoliosis and spinal rotation. Carl’s digestive difficulties make it difficult for him absorb the nutrients required to build muscle, restricting how much he can train without impacting his health. Despite this, Carl remains passionate about sports and is renowned for his dedication and selfless attitude towards the team, making him a worthy ambassador for disability in sport.
Guest speaker Graeme Dale, Senior Development Manager for Active Schools was also on hand on the night to provide inspiration to the young sport performers. Graham, from Sport Aberdeen, runs a successful youth programme which provides a range of benefits for children in the city, combining education and physical activity whilst also supplying young people with increased knowledge and information, helping to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.
Congratulations to all the successful nominees and a huge thank you to all who nominated and attended the ceremony- the event was a huge success and a fantastic way to honour outstanding individuals for their hard work and contribution to the community. Protocol look forward to supporting valued clients in celebrating the achievement of plenty more young learners across all sectors in FE in the future.