Sports Student Signs with Maidenhead United’s First Team

Congratulations to one of our second year Level 3 Sports Studies and Football Academy students, Bradley, who signed his first contract with the Maidenhead United FC first team after two impressive seasons.

Bradley Keetch made his debut for the first team last Tuesday, where he came on in the FA Trophy against Oxford City, for his first taste of National League football.

Staff and students raise funds for Mind on the annual Festive Fun Run

The Public Services team once again organised their annual charity Santa Fun Run, which is one of the highlights in the College calendar, for all students and staff to participate in.

This year, a whopping 300 participants ran, jogged or walked the two-mile loop around our stunning campus. A number of students took part in the fancy dress competition, won this year by Level 3 Public Services student Lewis Dresou, who dressed as a Luigi from the Mario Brothers. Two further awards were given out to the students for the fastest time of completion in the male and female categories. This year’s’ winners were Adam Hawkes, a Level 3 Public Services student who completed the two-mile circuit in just 12:45 and Jess Oliver, also studying Level 3 Public Services, who completed in 16:05. A special mention must also go to our Estate and Facilities Manager, Sam Armitage, who was the first person to cross the finish line with the incredible time of just 12:14. 

So far, more than £338 has been collected for this years’ chosen charity; Mind – an amazing organisation providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Dan Linley; Public Services Lecturer and Fun Run Coordinator, explains “Santa hats have been on sale for the last fortnight in aid for this years’ charity – many of which were worn on the ‘run’. We hope what has been raised goes a long way to for such a worthwhile cause. This years turnout was huge and the weather was amazing which I’m sure helped fuel the great atmosphere! There were Christmas songs along with the traditional fancy dress competition, the students put in a big effort, they were 100% committed to making this our best Santa Fun Run yet and I think they succeeded”.



Gold Medal for Sports Student, Callum

Last Sunday, one of our Level 2 Sports Studies students, Callum, competed in the London Universities & Colleges – UEL BUCS Judo competition and won a gold medal in a very tough Under 20 section.

Whilst doing so, he also gained enough points to get his black belt, beating three opponents by the top score of ippon to finally fill his scorecard with the 10 wins by ippon that he needed.

Callum went on to compete in the senior section of the competition and was winning when he, unfortunately, managed to twist the ankle he injured a few weeks ago playing football, re-damaging his tendon and ligaments. We all wish Callum a speedy recovery from this painful injury.

We are all very proud of Callum’s achievements. His lecturers describe him as a joy to watch with every fight being dynamic and exciting, showing a real passion for his sport. Congratulations Callum.

Fundraising Success for Help for Heroes

We are delighted to announce that, thanks to the efforts of the talented students & staff in our creative subjects, an incredible £280.51 has been raised for Help for Heroes as part of our Remembrance Day activities.

Art & Design students hand-made 178 stunning fabric poppies, with each one being dedicated to two serviceman or women from the local area who lost their lives in battle or conflict. Students from Art & Design, Media Production, Performing and Production Arts then collected donations from staff and students for sponsorship of these poppies at our Remembrance Day service – An amazing effort for a fantastic cause.

Silver Medal for Level 1 Sports student, Harrison.

We’ve received amazing news from our Sports department today! Harrison (pictured on the right), a current Level 1 Sports studies student, competed in the athletics Team International of Combined Events up in Glasgow at the weekend. This included hurdles, long jump, 200m, shot put & 800m.

His team came away as Silver medallists overall. Fantastic news and congratulations, Harrison!

BCA Alumni Wins ‘Agriculture Student of the Year’ Award

We love to hear how our past students are getting on and last week we were informed that Alex, who studied our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management, whilst also taking some units from our Agriculture course to help her get into The Royal Agricultural University back in 2014, has won the Farmers Weekly ‘Agricultural Student of the Year’ award.

Congratulations Alex, what an amazing achievement!