December 13, 2019
THIRTEEN promising Year 7 students have been awarded places on Dyke House Academy’s successful sport scholarship programme.
The Elite Development Squad, which has become an attractive arm of the Northern Education Trust sponsored school since it was launched in 2013, has carefully selected a new batch of scholars.
Talented footballers Ben Greig and Lennon Robson are on the top tier of the scheme, so have earned new Elite ties to wear around Dyke House.
Former Seaton Carew Holy Trinity pupil Ben, 12, has represented Hartlepool United over the years and plays for Hartlepool Schools’ with ex-Ward Jackson pupil Lennon, 11.
Ben said: “It feels good to be given a place on the Elite. It gives me confidence because it means I must be doing well at something. I will be trying my hardest to stay on.”
Lennon said: “I used to play for Middlesbrough and I was on trial at Sunderland. It is nice to be given this tie to wear. I will go to the sessions every week because it will benefit me and help me develop.”
The boys will go regularly to strength and conditioning sessions and will be coached by Mark Proctor Academy’s reputable Middlesbrough FA coach Andy Dorchell at Dyke House.
The students named on the second tier of the programme will attend the same sessions.
Those include footballers David Tyers (ex-Stranton), Shay Goodwin, (Stranton), Ethan Raper (Clavering), Jaxon Smith (St Aidan’s), Alfie Austwicke (St Aidan’s), Sophie Darby (Rift House), Erin White (St Aidan’s) and Scarlet Smith (Stranton).
There are also three rugby players who have been named on the Elite. Those are Old Boys RUFC youngster Lewin Tubuna (Barnard Grove) and Hartlepool Rovers pair Harry Calvert (Jesmond Gardens) and Jay Wintersgill (Jesmond Gardens).
All of the students were selected after going through the application process, highlighting what they have achieved ahead of joining Dyke House from primary school.
Rhys Morris, the coordinator of the Elite Development Squad, said: “Over the years we have promoted plenty of students on to the Elite and I would like to think we will promote more to the top tier as they continue to progress.
“They will get S & C sessions every week to help with fitness, gain nutritional knowledge to help keep their body and mind fit and healthy.
“There will be sport specific sessions in certain areas, like football, golf and swimming across our age groups, and hopefully it encourages others to apply. We would like help our students succeed academically and in a sporting sense.
“We would like to push on from the success last year, when our golfers became the first Durham school to win the national title as well as all of our football success in winning numerous town cup finals.”
Dyke House is welcoming applicants from all sports to join the Elite and they have also just promoted Year 8 student Casey-Beth Kitson to the scheme for judo, while kick-boxer Stevie Weldrake was given a place last year.
* To apply to be on Dyke House’s Elite Development Squad email [email protected] or pick up a form from the school’s front desk.