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Wymondham College celebrates another year of sporting success

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 July 2014 | UPDATED: 09:18 10 July 2014

The talented sportsmen and women at Wymondham College with principal Melvyn Roffe.

The talented sportsmen and women at Wymondham College with principal Melvyn Roffe.


With local, regional and national champions in a range of sports on its register, Wymondham College is reflecting on another year of sporting success.

Boys’ national success

14-year-old Alan Fleming has been playing football since he was old enough to kick a ball.

Now the keen sportsman, from Watford, has been selected to join a two-day training camp for England’s under 16s team after

he was scouted at a


The Manchester United fan received a call from Norwich City Academy when he was just 13.

He has played with the team for 11 months and is looking forward to his next big challenge.

“It was great and I honestly didn’t expect it. They watched me at another game,” he said.

Alan said that the dream would be to compete at a national level.

“I don’t care where the club is really, I just want to represent my country,” he added.

Wymondham College is also home to another talented footballer.

14-year-old Glen Middleton, from Northampton, plays for Norwich City Academy.

But he received his own national break after he was recruited to play for the Scotland under-15s last year.

A team of future Olympians is shaping up thanks to the school’s focus on athletics – 17-year-old Laura Johnson is the 2012 100m and 200m county champion for the City of Norwich Athletics Club, while Megan Rushmore, 17, is the 2012 county champion and record holder in the hammer throw.

With just two years of practice under her belt, 14-year-old Sasha Dyke has already been recruited to the Great Britain under-18s kayaking squad.

Close friend and talented golfer Amy Taylor, 13, has trained with England despite only four years in the sport.

Success has come easy for Blessing Joshua. The 13-year-old is the shot put champion for years eight and nine – but claims that she doesn’t train.

Principal Melvyn Roffe described the level of sporting talent in the college as a “real honour”.

He said: “We have a long tradition of high quality sporting here, but it’s certainly a vintage group.

“If you combine the level with the range of sport, that’s the thing that’s particularly impressive.

“There was a report published recently that said state schools aren’t doing well enough in sport - well here’s a group of students who are excelling,” he added - referring to an official Ofsted report released in June, which encouraged state schools to follow the indepedent sector’s lead and make sport a central part of the curriculum.

At the time, Mr Roffe said that a school doing well in sport showed that it had a healthy ethos with a broader curriculum that was concerned with more than just “grinding for exams”.

“For one thing it’s important that individuals shoudld be enabled to do as well as they possibly can in what they are good at, and this number of students in the school that have the experience is great as role models for others,” he added.

“I was encouraged to do athletics by a teacher and got a good score – it’s just gone from there,” she said.

Making a name for himself in the martial arts world is 14-year-old William Booth. In May, the youngster was crowned the British Champion in Brazilian Jujitsu for his age range, just months after he grabbed the same title in the British judo 2012 and 2013 competitions.

William, who trains at Wymondham Judo Club, recruited sisters Jojo and Amy Mollan, 12 and 14 respectively, and 12-year-old Emma Merryweather – who have gone on to grab their own handful of titles.

Fitting in sport around school work is a challenge in itself for the keen athletes. 13-year-old Sam Peck manages to swim at the University of East Anglia eight times a week in preparations for his national finals in August. “It’s difficult but I don’t mind doing it – I don’t know how we do it all,” he added.

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