Shipley College were crowed national football champions at the weekend, after seeing off strong competition to claim the gold medal at the AoC Sport National Championships in Nottingham.
The college’s LLDD team represented Yorkshire and Humber at the AoC Sport National Championships, having already won their regional tournament earlier in the year.
At the 2016 event, Shipley went home with a silver medal, behind winners Moulton College, but managed to claim top spot this time around, with Birmingham Metropolitan College (West Midlands) taking silver and Lincoln College (East Midlands) earning bronze in the eight-team tournament.
AoC Sport Football Development Manager, Lauren O’Sullivan, said: “It was brilliant to see so many students with learning disabilities competing on such a big stage at the AoC Sport National Championships.
“Through ECFA, AoC Sport is committed to growing disability football, and we will be revealing some significant targets in this area in our forthcoming strategy.
“The players competed with professionalism and sportsmanship throughout the weekend, and were a credit to their colleges and coaches.”
The AoC Sport National Championships – now in its 39th year – saw more than 1600 student athletes throughout England and Wales travel to compete across 13 different sports in the three-day event, which concluded with the South East region winning the Wilkinson Sword trophy for the first time since 2011.
AoC Sport Managing Director Marcus Kingwell said: “What a fantastic weekend we’ve had at this year’s National Championships.
“Thanks to the hard work of the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Conferences, Visit Nottinghamshire, volunteers, AoC Sport staff and, of course, the competitors, coaches and college staff, the past three days have been a resounding success.
“Congratulations to all who took part, we’re already looking forward to seeing you all again next year.”
More information can be found at www.aocsportchamps.org