Pro-Footballers Go back to College to Celebrate Salford Students’ Sporting Success
Professional Footballers, Scott and Liam Hogan, helped students at their former college celebrate their sporting success by attending the annual Salford City College Sports Awards in May.
Scott, 22, currently plays for newly promoted 1st Division side Rochdale, whereas Liam, 25, defends for Fleetwood Town. The brothers both studied BTEC Sport qualifications at Salford City College before landing professional contracts.
Over 30 students competing in sports such as Volleyball, Boxing, Cricket, Golf, Rugby and Football were celebrated at the glitzy event which was held at The Point at Lancashire County Cricket Club. The brothers were invited onto the stage to say a few words and present the Male Football Awards for Player of the Year, Top Goal Scorer, Players’ Player of the Year and Coach’s Player of the Year.
Erike Sousa, 18, from Swinton scooped the prestigious Sports Person of the Year 2014 award; Erike is currently studying towards a BTEC qualification in Sports Leadership (Football Coaching) which is offered by the college in partnership with the Manchester United Foundation.
In addition to the Hogan brothers, other celebrity award presenters included Great Britain Volleyball player and Olympian Jenny Taylor, Manchester United Foundation Chief Executive John Shiels, and Lancashire Cricket Club all-rounder Jordan Clarke.
Phil Arbelo-Dolan, Head of Sports Development at Salford City College, commented “I am extremely proud of all of our students, they have gone above and beyond and we have been rewarded with an outstanding season of sport at the college. This evening has been a real celebration; many thanks to our VIP guests; Scott, Liam, Jenny, John and Jordan, for joining us and making the event extra special.”
In addition to the awards, the college was presented with a cheque for £3,000 by Dame Pat Bacon, Chair of the Association of College’s Trust as part of the ongoing accreditation of AoC Beacon for Sport in the Curriculum, which was awarded to Salford City College in November 2013. The college was awarded the accreditation based upon its integrated approach to sport which encourages students of all abilities to get involved in the many extra-curricular sporting activities and opportunities available to them.