Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form’s Netball Academy has triumphed once again in the British Colleges Sport (BCS) North West League to be named league champions for the fourth consecutive year.

The College has an outstanding reputation for success in the BCS Leagues and this is the fourth consecutive year that the Netball Academy at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form has taken the North West title. Coached and mentored by Curriculum Leader for Sport at the College, Catherine Stanworth, the team has enjoyed a prolific season, winning matches across the North West against strong opposition.

Led to success by Captain Molly Frankland and Vice-Captain Emily Wilson, the team have been committed, enthusiastic and determined to build on last season’s success.

Currently completing Level 3 BTEC Sport, Molly Frankland was a fantastic role model, motivating and encouraging the team; leading them to their victory.

A Level student Emily Wilson played in various positions but her main role was Centre, where her agility and speed was essential when losing the opposition.

Also studying A Levels, Lizzie Jennings has been a dependable and committed player all season, who played wing defence, also adapting to play Goal Defence when needed.

Annie Wyld is also an A Level student. Annie was always committed 100% to whatever role she was given. A quick and agile player whose experience paid dividends when playing against tough opposition, she was a real asset to the team.

A Level student Chloe Roscoe has been a formidable player, whose many goals contributed to the success of the team. Chloe adapted to any situation and was complimented many times by the opposition on her goal success rate.

Lucy Alderman is another A Level student at the College. As the season has progressed Lucy has grown massively in confidence. She was often named ‘man of the match’ by the opposite team due to her enthusiasm and commitment.

BTEC Level 3 Sport student Corrina Mclean-Crusham has always been reliable and dependable. Corrina has taken on the role of Goal Defence and made it her own; she has worked well with the rest of the team, always finishing each match with a smile.

Fellow BTEC Level 3 Sport student Sophie Valentine arrived late to the team but settled in quickly and played a decisive and flexible role in the team, helping out in whatever position necessary.

Although not playing as much this season due to her studies, A Level student Ashleigh Haythornthwaite has always been ready to play when needed and shock the opposition with her transferable basketball skills, ensuring that majority of the shots taken went in the net.

Netball team coach and Curriculum Leader for Sport at the College, Catherine Stanworth said, “The season has been successful largely due to the commitment of the players and their dedication to training and fixtures. They have travelled extensively for some of the matches and have given up lots of their free time to make sure they were fully prepared for every match. The players have all been a pleasure to escort to matches and have represented the College in a fantastic and sporting manner throughout the entire season.  We hope to continue and build on this fantastic legacy of success in future seasons and if any current Year 11 students who will be joining College next year would like to speak to me about joining this winning team, they can email me at”