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North Yorkshire school on brink of national success

North Yorkshire school on brink of national success

Published at 9:24am 25th February 2020.

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Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate

Queen Ethelburga's are on the verge of footballing success after reaching the final of a national competition.

  • Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate have progressed to the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) final.
  • The final is due to be played at Stadium MK on Monday 9th March 2020.
  • The school credit their Performance Sports Programme for helping students pursue their chosen sport.

The First Team at Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate are through to the final of a national competition after beating Shrewsbury School 3-1 in the ISFA semi-final.

The final is scheduled for Monday 9th March and is due to be played at Football League club MK Dons' stadium, which holds a maximum capacity of over 30,000.

Packed full of footballers from different backgrounds in sport, the QE first team's success has come as a result of the school's Performance Sports Programme (PSP).

Young footballers at Queen Ethelburga's
The Performance Sport Programme in action at Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate.

"Last year we didn't do that well in the competition but this year we played well together as a team and really developed."

Tom, Year 13

"It's been very exciting, we've had two away days where we've had overnight stays and it's been a great experience in developing us as players and as people."

Kyle, Year 13

Performance Sports Programme

The Performance Sports Programme (PSP) at Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate allows students to sign up to additional sessions beyond the curriculum, providing opportunities to work on skills, tactics, strength and conditioning, analysis and nutrition. 

"The PSP enables students to perform their sporting activities alongside their studies, so it's built into their timetable... First and foremost they are student-athletes, not athlete-students."

Mr Rawlinson, Head of Sport at QE

The school then compete in local and national competitions as full members of the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA), Independent Schools Association (ISA), English Schools Football Association (ESFA) and Association of Colleges (AoC).

At senior level, QE students take part in fixtures against professional academy teams, providing a great opportunity for students to test themselves against some of the best players nationally.  

Facilities at Queen Ethelburga's, Football
The unrivaled sports facilities at Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate

If you want to find out more about the Performance Sports Programme at Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate, find them on Facebook, online or give them a call on 01423 33 33 30.

Ben Groom from Stray Lifestyle went along to QE to find out more from the school's Head of Sport and some of the first team footballers:

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