Students score in football contest

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A GROUP of Sunderland students have beaten off competition to win a coveted football trophy.

Students with learning difficulties from Sunderland College’s Department of Foundation Learning played their way to success in the Michael Purvis Challenge Cup, outplaying eight other community teams from across the region.

The team took on people of all different ages and Sunderland College student Michaela Potter, 22, from Pennywell, won the Player of the Tournament Award.

The team, which trains at Sunderland College’s Bede Campus, is coached by Rachael Smales, a project coordinator for the college’s Together Activity Group, TAG, a programme designed to develop skills through teambuilding and group activities.

Miss Smales said: “We believe that sport and team activities can be hugely beneficial for our learners, and the confidence that it has helped to unlock in this group has been tremendous. The whole team at the college is delighted.”