Young athletes at the top of their game

Cheshire College – South & West continuously emphasize the importance of extra-curricular activities, encouraging learners to go above and beyond their core study programme to maximize passion and further develop their skills.

Two young learners, Louise McLoughlin and Joseph Baker, are young athletes that are motivated and enthusiastic about achieving their sporting goals.

Louise McLoughlin, 18, from Bromborough, has been shortlisted as one of the finalists for this year’s England Golf’s Young Ambassador of the Year Award, presented in association with the Golf Foundation.

The Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports learner has been actively seeking voluntary opportunities alongside her studies to promote golf participation, in the local area. Louise is passionate about the golf and wants to spread her love of the game with others.

Louise said: ‘’I was completely shocked when I received the news of being nominated. I feel as though I am making golf fun and interesting, I never knew I was having such a significant impact on those around me. It’s heart-warming that people have taken the time out to vote for me.’’

The young golfer is no stranger to challenges with a list of achievements to her name. Louise has been junior captain at her club, is a Girls Golf Rocks ambassador and coaches’ women’s beginners. She has also won a County Full Colours Award and Most Improved Player Awards in the past few years.

Jason Doggett, Lecturer in Sport, commented: ‘’Since joining the College, Louise has been a dedicated and enthusiastic learner. She works extremely hard to balance her studies with the commitment of being a golf ambassador and player.

‘’We are extremely proud of her achievements and wish her the best of luck when she travels to London for the awards evening.’’

BBC Breakfast Presenter, Dan Walker, will announce the winners later this year at the England Golf Awards, hosted at the Royal Lancaster London.

Joseph Baker, 16, from Crewe, has recently returned from Holland, after competing in InterShoot 2019.

InterShoot is an international shooting competition for Air Pistol and Air Rifle, held annually in the Netherlands. With over 300 athletes competing this year, it provides an ideal opportunity to strengthen their skills, as they get to shoot in full matches across the three-day tournament.

Joseph, Level 3 Engineering learner, said: ‘’Being able to take part in the InterShoot competition was an amazing experience. The event took place in The Hauge, Holland, and I competed in the Junior Men’s 10 Metre Air Pistol Category.

‘’I got to compete against and work alongside top athletes, many of which who have been to the Olympics. Being exposed to their level of expertise and experience, provided me with a great opportunity to learn new skills.

‘’The College have been great in encouraging myself and my peers to get involved with activities alongside our core programmes. My tutors have always supported me and mentored me through these experiences.’’

Joseph started his shooting career when he was just 11, after participating in a taster session with Scouts. He has since gone on to place in an array of competitions and has been named the British Schools Champion 2018.

Gordon Gillespie, Vice Principal – Curriculum & Quality, commented: ‘’It is inspiring to see young leaners developing as sportsmen and women alongside gaining their qualifications.

‘’Our dynamic and exciting environment aims to give you the confidence and skills needed to achieve and even exceed your goals. We are passionate about supporting our learner’s personal development and are committed to enhancing their College experience.

‘’We are immensely proud of both Louise and Joseph in their recent achievements.’’

If you are interested in studying at Cheshire College – South & West, or for more information, call 01270 654654 (Crewe Campus) 01244 656555 (Ellesmere Port & Chester Campuses) or visit www.ccsw.ac.uk

Louise McLoughlin