Sporting Achievements

Tettenhall College is justifiably proud of the sporting achievements of all our pupils.  We encourage and support them in their chosen sport and help them to achieve the highest standards possible.  All this whilst still supporting their academic development.

We asked some of our pupils about their sporting experience  - #tettcollsuperstars

Lucy Berridge - Football Referee

Lucy Berridge is in our 6th Form, she is one of the country's up and coming female football referees.

What age did you start refereeing?

I started when I was 14 years old

What level do you play at?

 I referee at a national level.

Who is your inspiration?

My inspiration came from Joel Richards. He was a successful young referee himself who encouraged me to believe that I could progress on the refereeing ladder. Unfortunately, Joel was murdered in the Tunisian beach massacre last year. His inspiration will stay with me forever.

What is your biggest achievement in your sport?

Officiating in the Women’s FA Cup and earning a place on the National FA Referee Development Programme.

What is your ultimate aim?

My ultimate aim is to become a FIFA Referee.

What has been your biggest challenge?

To gain respect as a female official in a male dominated sport.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Learn from each game and move on.

How do you like to relax outside of your sport?

Go out with friends and travel with my family.

How has Tettenhall College helped you with your sport?

The staff at TC have boosted my confidence and given me more belief in myself.

Solomon Shahar - Tennis

Solomon a pupil in our Senior School, is one of our top tennis players and is seeded number one in Staffordshire, we asked him to tell us more about his sport ...

What is your main sport?

Tennis

When did you start playing tennis?

I started at 3 years old

What level do you play at?

Regional

Who is your inspiration?

Raffa Nadal

What is your biggest achievement in your sport?

Becoming the number one ranked player in the County.

What is your ultimate aim?

To play at Wimbledon

What has been your biggest challenge?

To stay positive and focused when I’m having a bad day.  

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Never give up

How do you like to relax outside of your sport? 

Chill time with my family

How has TC helped you with your sport?

TC has supported me by allowing me to take time out for tournaments and regional training days as well as helping me with any school work that I miss, I’m very grateful to the school for its continued support.
 

Rahul Kaushal - Cricket

We interviewed Rahul Kaushal, a county cricketer for Staffordshire, who is currently studying GCSEs in our Senior School.  Rahul's photograph is part of our home page video and was an inspiration for our 'Get Involved' campaign.

When did you start playing cricket?

I started playing cricket at the age of 11, when I played junior club cricket for Springvale Cricket Club.

What level do you play at?

I currently play at Wolverhampton Cricket Club for the Senior 3rd team and occasionally feature in the 2nd team, with one appearance for the 1st team. I also play County Cricket for Staffordshire under 17s. Also I have just finished my 3rd year at Worcestershire’s Satellite Academy which is a “development of excellence programme”. I occasionally feature for Worcestershire E.P.P side and I have had one academy appearance.

Who is your inspiration?

I have many inspirations in the game:  Ajinkya Rahane and Kane Williamson are players who I look up to due to their stylish techniques and their ability to play positive cricket in a low risk style.                                                                                                                                                                   

I have also been greatly motivated by former international players Wasim Jaffer and Vikram Solanki who have both helped me with my batting skills. Feeding off their vast knowledge and experience is what inspires me most and I feel extremely privileged and grateful for such a unique opportunity.

What is your biggest achievement in your sport?

My biggest achievement at the moment was my 74 which I scored last summer for my club against West Bromwich Dartmouth because it gave me the confidence that I could perform at senior level, I also scored my first century (135*) in 2014 opening the batting for Wolverhampton under 15’s.

What is your ultimate aim?

My ultimate aim is to hopefully become a professional cricketer and represent Worcestershire’s 1st team in the future as a top order batsman but the aim is a long way away and isn’t easy to achieve. I have a lot of work to do to even get close to my aim and at the moment my goal is to perform better at my current level and slowly work my way up when the chances come.

What has been your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge has been to convert starts into big innings instead of scoring “pretty 30s”. It is a frustrating feeling to throw your wicket away when you feel set but it is something I am looking to improve and will hopefully achieve better concentration with more experience.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

I have had a lot of advice from many people; I can’t pinpoint the best piece of advice but a piece of information I found in an interview article with Ajinkya Rahane was quite valuable: he mentioned that numbers aren’t his main focus in the game and instead preparation is, as it is something which is controllable, so I guess focussing only on controllable factors is vital, rather than worrying about the end result.

How do you like to relax outside of your sport?

Relaxing outside of sport is important to keep your mind and body fresh, I like chatting with mates and family and watching films. I like to play tennis and boxing sometimes; also I feel running helps me relax, in a way, as improving my fitness boosts my confidence in my sport.

How has TC helped you with your sport?

Tettenhall College (TC) has really helped me in developing my cricket. I joined at the beginning of the 2014/15 academic year and was fortunate to get the use of great facilities where I have been able to train in the sports hall and work on my game more often. Through school fixtures I have been able to gain more experience in real match situations and to improve my skills. The Directory of Sport has guided and supported me through a lot of technical and tactical skills as well as all important fitness knowledge. As well as the sports, I am grateful for other TC support that has helped me a lot with my academic education and provided me with a range of personal skills that should give me a give me a good balanced foundation to any future successes.

Kate Woodman - Tennis

We spoke to Kate Woodman, a county tennis player for Shropshire, who has been at Tettenhall College since she was 3 years old .  Kate is coached by ex Head Boy and OT Gregg Spooner.

When did you start playing tennis?

I started playing tennis at the age of 3.

What level do you play at?

I play at County level for Shropshire.

Who is your inspiration?

My inspiration is Andy Murray for his dedication and determination.

What is your biggest achievement in your sport?

My biggest achievement is playing for the West Midlands regional team.

What is your ultimate aim?

My ultimate aim is to play the best tennis I can, but I also want to be an actress.

What has been your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge has been to fit in everything that I do.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Never give up and always believe in yourself.

How do you like to relax outside of your sport?

I relax by singing, acting and dancing.

How has TC helped you with your sport?

Tettenhall College (TC) has supported me by allowing me to have my tennis coaching in the school day, always encouraging me and helping me be a better all-round sports person through all the sport available at the school.  It also helps that my coach, Gregg, is an ex pupil at the school as we have a lot in common.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charli-Alicia Bloor - Netball

Charli-Alicia is one of our county netball players, we asked her about her sport and time at Tettenhall College ...

When did you start playing Netball?

I started playing in Year 4 when I was 9.

What level do you play at?

I play at county level for South Staffordshire.

Who is your inspiration?

My inspiration is Natasha Baker. She is a Paralympic dressage rider who has transverse myelitis a disease which inflames the spine. This means that she has lost the mobility in her legs. When riding a horse, the main part of your body that you use is you legs. Despite her disability she has the drive and determination to not let this stand in her way of success. This inspires me that anything is possible if you believe and want it badly enough.

What is your biggest achievement in your sport?

My biggest achievement in netball is being selected by the South Staffordshire netball academy.

What is your ultimate aim?

My ultimate aim in the future is to play for the region.

What has been your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge is managing training around my school work and my other passion which is my pony Treasure.

What was the best advice you were given?

The best advice that I was ever given was to keep fighting and never give up.

How do you like to relax outside your sport?

Outside of netball, I spend a lot of time horse riding and caring for Treasure.

How has TC helped you with your sport?

Tettenhall College has not only taught me how to play netball but has also given me the opportunities to challenge me by playing for older teams and develop my leadership skills by being captain the U13 & U14 team.

David Marr Naylor - Football

David, has been at Tettenhall College since he was 3 years old! Now in our Senior School, David is one of our up and coming footballers, we asked him about his sport and passion for football.

 

When did you start playing football?

I started when I was five years old.

 

What level do you play at?

 I play at District Level.

 

Who is your inspiration?

 My team mates!!

 

What is your biggest achievement in your sport?

When we won the county cup at the Moulineux 

 

What is your ultimate aim?

To play at the highest level I can achieve.

 

What has been your biggest challenge?

Playing different positions in the team

 

What was the best advice you were ever given?

 Practice makes perfect!

 

11.How do you like to relax outside of your sport?

 I play other sports such as tennis and cricket

 

12.How has TC helped you with your sport? Because I am the TC team captain it has made me more responsible and help with my leadership, and made me step up to the plate.

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