Sporting success goes on apace at the College of West Anglia, where sports academies are reaping rich rewards.
CWA is home to the most talented athletes in West Norfolk, according to programme manager for sport Tommy Goode, who said: “It is exciting to see the best sporting talent in West Norfolk and Fenland attending The College of West Anglia Sports Campus in a diverse range of sports.
“Since the move to Alive Lynnsport four years ago, sports provision at the college has gone from strength to strength and CWA now boasts academies in football for men and women, basketball, rugby and netball.”
Alongside the core team sports, high achieving individuals are able to join the sports academy and in recent years CWA has helped to develop a wide variety of individuals such as: professional kite surfer Danielle Durrant, GB rowing talent squad member Adam Higher. Olympic runner Barbara Parker and professional boxer Dan Naylor.
Other high-profile graduates include professional footballers Dom Dwyer, at Kansas City, and Jack Friend, at Peterborough United; and professional basketball player Patrick Manifold.
Locally, Alex Street, Matty Castellan, Toby Hilliard, Jack Frohawk, Luke Biles, Lewis Curson, Kyran Stannard and Nathan Daw, have all represented King’s Lynn Town, while Wojtek Jableki, Zygimantis Klevinskis, Tom Allard, Andrew Wilkins, Ashley Manning, Carlos Rodriguez, Gareth Turner, John Pickett are on the books with King’s Lynn Fury basketball team and Dan Stephenson, Craig Edwards, Rory O’Sullivan, Paul Bridges represent West Norfolk RUFC with Nathan Goodale at Wisbech.
Many others have earned scholarships in the USA or at universities with Alex Street, Shaun Stocker and Toby Hilliard becoming England Colleges Internationals.
Goode said this year the college had again recruited the best local talent with many to look out for in football, basketball, rugby union, kick boxing, athletics, billiards, ice hockey, bowls and gymnastics.
He added: “All CWA Sports Academy students combine professional coaching from highly qualified and experienced coaches with strength and conditioning, nutrition, performance analysis as part of an athlete development programme with their core educational programme.
Goode said: “It is always rewarding when you see what some of the talent has gone on to achieve and we are hopeful that many more of our current crop of students will move on to successful sporting careers.”