Find out more about the achievements of some of our students.
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!
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!
Championship sailor Ellie Rush has been selected for the GB Youth Performance Squad – another major step forward in her bid to become an Olympic hopeful.
Year 12 Ellie, who sails a single hander RS Aero and a double hander 420, was one of just eight sailors to be selected for the Youth Squad 420 winter 2020/2021 – recognised as being the top squad for youth sailing – after a selection event in September.
At that same event she also claimed the U17 420 Ladies Champion title, which followed hot on the heels of a win in the RS Aero Nationals in Eastbourne in August, where she took top spot in the Youth Ladies competition.
A letter from British Youth Sailing Team said: “Ellie’s selection establishes her status as a British Youth Sailing sailor who we hope will represent Great Britain at major international events in the forthcoming years.”
Now classed as a member of an elite sport, Ellie will be able to continue her training schedule throughout the pandemic, even if the UK goes into another national lockdown.
The dedicated 16-year-old will take part in one weekend training camp a month, where she will have access to more direct training and feedback from the sport’s top coaches.
Ellie, who has been sailing since the age of eight and was awarded the Academy Sports Personality of the Year accolade in December, says she will also continue to train at her home club in Hoveringham.
She says the ultimate aim will be to keep training and improving with an eye on being selected for the British Sailing Team and their Olympic Development programmes.
CONGRATULATIONS to Academy Sixth former Jacob Statham who has already fulfilled a lifelong dream after securing an army scholarship.
Jacob (17), has been accepted for a place on an officer training course at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy after completing a rigorous application process.
It means Jacob will now be sponsored by the Army as he completes a degree in Mechanical Engineering at university and on graduating he will automatically attend a 42 week course at Sandhurst.
The Year 13, who has been a cadet at the Arnold detachment of D Squadron for several years, said he was delighted to hear he had been accepted.
“Everything I have ever done was working towards this. I chose all my GCSEs and my A levels based on wanting to join the Army. To know I’ve succeeded in what I have always wanted to do feels amazing.”
On joining Sandhurst after university, Jacob is looking forward to taking part in three semesters – basic soldiering, building leadership and the third and final section, combat readiness.