Find out more about the achievements of some of our students.
CHAMPIONS! Year 8 girls’ football team brought home some silverware after being crowned County Cup winners 2019.
The team brought home the trophy after winning on penalties in a hotly contested final against Rushcliffe School.
The match ended 2-2 after normal time, but goalkeeper Georgia Townend saved one of the opposition’s penalties enabling the Academy to win the shoot-out.
The team had put on decisive performances throughout the tournament earning a place in the final after a 7-2 win against Minster School in the semi-finals. A brilliant result!
Team: Year 8s (now Year 9) Georgia Townend, Keira Murphy, Isobel Davis, Bethan Wass, Hettie Bates, Charlotte Fisher, Charlotte Wallace, Jess Ellis and Philippa Batchelor, Katie Ball and Marla Harker Gill, Year 7 (now Year 8).
YEAR 11 athlete Skye Fawsitt earned the County Champion title for Hammer in summer earning her a place at the prestigious Mason Trophy event in Birmingham.
Skye (then in Year 10) threw a personal best on the day of 30.52, competing against the very best young throwers in the whole of the Midlands region, many of whom were a year older.
The Mason Trophy event marked the end of a hugely successful season for the all-round athlete, who had come first in the 100m Inter Girls at the Gedling Athletics Championship in May.
This earned Skye (15), a place in the County Championships the following month. She also joined fellow Academy athletes representing Carlton le Willows in the regional finals of the English School Track and Field Cup in Wakefield.
The athletes from Years 9 and 10 each had to compete in two events, finishing in third place behind winners Bradford Grammar and second place Wakefield Girls High School.
Skye was once again a stand out competitor on the day winning 100m in the first round and the finals of the hammer event.
ATHLETE Paul Senior has set a new personal best and earned himself the title joint fastest Junior Boy in the UK!
Year 10 Paul earned the accolade as fastest Under 15 boy after achieving a time of 11.1 in 100m finals. This followed a time of 11.4 in the 100m finals of the English Schools event in summer.
Paul has had considerable success over the past few months, setting a new record for the Gedling district while competing in the Gedling Athletics Championships in May.
Paul, then in Year 9, recorded a time of 11.03 in the Junior Boys 100m and a distance of 5.49m in Junior Boys Long Jump – finishing in first place and earning himself a place in the Gedling team at the County Championships.
Definitely an athlete to watch!
Championship sailor Ellie Rush has been crowned Carlton le Willows Sports Personality of the Year 2019.
Award winner Ellie (15), was unable to accept her prize in person at the Academy’s annual SPOTY awards evening on 16 December as she was taking part in a week-long training camp in Spain getting ready to compete in the European Championships in France next year.
Year 11 Ellie started sailing at the age of eight in a Topper sailing dinghy, moving on to the two-person 420 dinghy at the age of 12. She has taken part in the Youth National Championship for the last two years, taking the U17 girls title in 2018 and securing third place in the U19 category in 2019.
Next year she aims for her first international podium place at the Junior European Championships or the World Championships.
Cheer leader Chloe Murcott is celebrating after securing the chance to compete with her team at the Cheerleading International Summit in Florida next year.
Chloe, has been through two rounds of evaluations to become a member of this international team Gravity, which qualified after coming third in the International Junior category of the Bournemouth Future Cheer National Championships in July 2019.
Over the last 18 months, Chloe has progressed from Level 1 to Level 3 Tumbling and Level 2 Stunting and has grown as an athlete in terms of strength, endurance and skill.
Over the past 12 months, Year 9 Chloe has also assisted in coaching a younger age group and proven her all-round ability in competing in each of the cheerleading positions - base, front, back and flyer. She has also achieved both team prizes and individual recognition during her time on the team.
TALENTED Academy footballer Alex Akers has realised his dream after signing a scholarship deal with Nottingham Forest.
Year 11 Alex had only been signed for the club’s U16 squad since Year 10 so was delighted when he was chosen to take one of the club’s sought after scholarships.
Alex (16) began playing football at the age of 8 when he was a pupil at Colwick’s St John’s Primary School. He has played for multiple clubs - Gedling Southbank, Burton Joyce, Netherfield Colts, Wilford Lions and Loughborough Dynamo, Shepshed Dynamo and then finally Basford Utd U15/16s. He has also played for the Carlton le Willows, although not in goal.
It was while playing for Basford that Forest scouts offered Alex the chance to try out for the club. After signing for the club’s U16s around nine months ago he was delighted to be offered the scholarship just after New Year. Added Alex: “Some players have been at the club for as much as 10 years and I’ve been offered a scholarship after just nine months. It’s surreal!”
Alex’s scholarship will see him training, both on the pitch and in the gym, studying for a Sports Science qualification and undertaking various tasks usually completed by an apprentice such as washing the first team’s boots! We all wish him the very best of luck!
Sixth former Lauren McNeil is forging a path to athletics success after being selected to represent England in a European cross country event.
Lauren (17) was selected to run in an England vest at an event in Eigobar, Spain last month – securing a podium positon after taking third place.
And just weeks later, the Year 12 runner was selected to represent England once again, competing against athletes from across Europe, in the Belgium Cup.
Lauren’s selection for the European events comes after her success in the Cross Challenge - a series of cross country runs across the UK this season - in which she secured a top four place and the chance of selection.
Lauren trains at Mansfield Harriers twice a week and does her own runs at home, following a training plan provided by her coach.
As well as cross country, she competes in track events in the 800m and 1500m. With the national English Schools competition coming up as Le Willows Life went to press, Lauren was hopeful of a good run and now has her sights set on the next step – representing Team GB. We wish her the very best of luck!
Ball hockey player Corey Durose will be playing in the international arena after being selected to play for team GB.
Year 8 Corey has been selected to play for the GB U16s – despite being just 14-years-old – ISBHF 2020 World Junior Championships in Zilina Slovakia at the end of June.
Corey has been a member of the local ball hockey team Nottingham Huskies U13s, part of Nottingham Wolves Ball Hockey Club, which he has been part of since the age of eight, but is soon to join the U16s squad.
In 2019 Corey captained the U13 team to become national champions – the first Nottingham team to event win at this level, and capped off last season as the sport’s U13 Player of the Season out of all clubs in the UK.
Corey also won a coveted Academy award for Elite Performance at the Carlton le Willows 2019 Sports Personality of the Year awards.
East Midlands Judo champion Reece Cave earned himself a place on the winner’s podium at the national championships in Sheffield in March.
Year 7 Academy student Reece brought home a bronze medal after securing third place in the British Schools Judo Championships.
This was the second time 12-year-old Reece had competed in the GB competition after taking top spot in the regional tournament this year, following on from a silver medal position in the regionals last year.
Reece who has been doing Judo since the age of 4, already has a history of medal success having competed in more than 17 competitions including two at international level. Highlights from last year include securing gold medals at the Cobra Judo U12 Grade Branded Open 2018 and the Cobra Judo U12 & Cadet Open 2019.
For the last three years Reece has won Competitor of the Year at the Nottingham Judo annual awards evening and earlier this year was accepted on the Regional England Development squad for the sport.
Training three times a week – at Rycroft Judo Club and Carlton Forum Judo Club – the Cedar house student also finds time to compete in park runs and mini marathons and also achieve success with his Saturday football club Gedling Southbank.
YEAR 11 footballer Curtis Durose is forging ahead with his professional dreams after signing as a scholar for Rotherham United Football Club.
Curtis, who along with his fellow Year 11s was due to sit GCSEs this summer, has signed a two-year scholarship deal to start the 20/21 season with the soon-to-be Championship club.
The move comes after Rotherham bosses made the offer in October last year after watching Curtis, the Sports Captain for Birch House, for some time. He had also been playing with RUFC U16s and their U18 team in the months prior to lockdown.
Curtis (16), began playing football for Gedling Southbank, but was scouted for Nottingham Forest at the age of six. He trained and played with Forest, who signed him at the age of nine. He has played around the country at some top clubs representing Nottingham Forest consistently at all age levels until now age 16.
As a scholar Curtis will move to Rotherham where he will live during the week, training with the club while also continuing his further education. He says he is excited, looking forward to the challenge and working towards the ultimate goal of playing for the first team. Everyone at Carlton le Willows wishes Curtis the very best of luck!