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Edinburgh College's rugby performance students will join the boys in blues tonight, playing for the Under 20s Scotland squad against England in the Six Nations Championship.


 

Edinburgh College's rugby performance students will join the boys in blues tonight, playing for the Under 20s Scotland squad against England in the Six Nations Championship.

Current student Charlie Shiel and 2015 graduates Tom Galbraith and Callum Hunter-Hill are in the under-20s squad for the tournament. They are all from the college's Developing Sporting Performance – Rugby programme.

 The team play England at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld at 8pm. Tom will play inside centre and Callum and Charlie are on the bench.

And thanks to our broadcast media students, who are getting in on the action from the side lines later, you can stream the game live from the Scottish Rugby Union website. The college's future film stars will be broadcasting both the Under 20s and Scotland v England Womens games. Tune in.

 Friday 5 January

 Scotland Women v England Women – kick off 6pm

 Scotland U20 v England U20 – kick off 8pm

 

 


​​A group of Edinburgh College Childcare Practice students and their puppet pals have raised £1,267 for local children's charity The Yard.


​A group of Edinburgh College Childcare Practice students and their puppet pals have raised £1,267 for local children's charity The Yard.

Six teams of 82 students organised a series of events to raise funds for the charity and learn about enterprise.

The Yard is an adventure playground in the heart of Edinburgh that provides a safe space to play for children and young people with disabilities.

 

The students organised events across the college's four campuses including a bake sale, Zumba classes, face-painting sessions and a bring-and-buy day. They also convinced their lecturer, Alan Laing, to allow them to shave his beard off, raising over £50 in the process. And the Muppets-style puppets they use for classroom activities also helped out in their fundraising ventures.

The students got the chance to learn a range of new skills linked to the care sector, developing their confidence, teamwork and task-management abilities.

The Yard's Fundraising Manager Anna Robinson said: "What an amazing effort. I was really touched by the positive comments on the student's Facebook group and delighted that they showed so much enthusiasm for the challenge. The money they've raised will help around 80 families with disabilities to use our services – I can't thank everyone enough for their amazing contribution."

Edinburgh College Principal Annette Bruton added: "The work of these students is simply outstanding. It's quite remarkable how much money has been raised for such an excellent cause. What really impressed me was the way in which the students gave 100% commitment to the task and came up with so many imaginative ways to raise the funds.

"Coming to college is about getting skills, knowledge and qualifications - but equally it's about contributing to society and our students have shown in this project just how far they have come in that."

Student Louise Lovie said: "By taking part in this enterprise unit we have come to realise the importance of working in a team and using the skills of others. We've made real bonds from day one and reflected a lot on our attitudes - I think this will have a really positive impact on our future studies and work."

 


Sporting students at Edinburgh College have won top prize at the Scottish Student Sport National College Finals hosted at the University of Stirling.



​Sporting students at Edinburgh College have won top prize at the Scottish Student Sport National College Finals hosted at the University of Stirling.

Edinburgh College student sports teams competed in a variety of events and, thanks to consistently good displays across the board, won the overall College Nationals Trophy for the third year running. The men's and women's football teams and the men's rugby teams all won their respective tournaments, with these wins meaning the college took home the big prize.

SSS is the coordinating body for all student sport and physical activity in Scotland, with students, staff and volunteers creating opportunities through physical activity and sport across Scotland’s universities and colleges.

SSS chief operating officer Stew Fowlie said: “Heartiest congratulations to Edinburgh College on retaining the SSS College Nationals Trophy. The college continues to perform at a high level and has demonstrated remarkable poise under pressure coupled with excellent sportsmanship, making them very worthy champions. I hope that this most recent success will maintain the momentum and commitment within the college towards physical activity and sport, something which can add so positively to the student experience and the life of the college.”

Lecturer in Sports Studies at Edinburgh College Scott McDonald said: "As ever, the students represented Edinburgh College fantastically well and it was a fitting send off for many of the players who were playing their last game for the college team."

ECSA president Jeroen van Herk said: "Winning the trophy for the third year in a row is testament to the dedication and expertise of staff across the college, who go above and beyond to help students achieve their potential.”


​Edinburgh College graduate and judo star Sally Conway has grappled her way to a stunning bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.


​11 August 2016

College graduate and judo star Sally Conway has won a bronze medal in the Rio Olympics, grappling her way to third place in style. She defeated Austria’s Bernadette Graff in the -70kg judo bronze medal match convincingly.

Sally, who studied the Exercise and Fitness Instructors Course here and graduated in 2014, said: "I knew if I was going to come away with a medal I would have to put in my best performances.  This has been my dream since London - I just can’t put it into words.” 


 

The Ratho-based judoka reached the quarter final after fighting her way through her previous ties. Sally had earlier beaten world champion Gevrise Emane of France but was defeated by Colombia's Yuri Alvear for the right to fight for gold. 

Sally is competing in her second Olympic Games. She suffered a shoulder injury in the London 2012 Games, which knocked her out of medal contention, but bounced back to take bronze for Scotland in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

This year’s Team GB judo team includes four women and three men so there could be more medals to come. Go Team GB!​


​College graduate Sally Conway landed back in the country only a couple of weeks ago with a bronze medal from the Rio Olympics in the women's 70kg judo. Since her return, her feet have barely touched the ground but she took the time to speak to us about her experience and plans for the future.


20 September 2016

Edinburgh ​College graduate Sally Conway landed back in the country only a couple of weeks ago with a bronze medal from the Rio Olympics in the women's 70kg judo. Since her return, her feet have barely touched the ground but she took the time to speak to us about her experience and plans for the future.


Welcome back from Rio and congratulations on your medal! How does it feel to have been part of a record-breaking Olympic Games for Team GB?
Thank you. It was a massive honour to be a part of Team GB and I am very proud to be able to represent my country. But finishing second in the medal table is just brilliant. I'm so happy to add a bronze medal to that total.

How did you feel before you went to Rio? Were you nervous, excited?
Before I left for Rio I was really excited. I was looking forward to getting out there. I felt ready.

How did you feel before competing?
Of course I was nervous but I was mostly excited. I felt the best prepared, in the best shape of my life and I felt confident - confident in myself and my training. But most importantly I was happy.

What were your thoughts when you realised you had won the medal?
I remember thinking: "OMG I've done it!" I think my smile said it all!

Did you watch any other sports while you were out in Rio? Any highlights?
I watched the women's hockey semi-final and the athletics. The highlight I think for me was watching the final of the men's 4x100 relay. The whole stadium stood up. It really was something else.

Can you tell us a bit about your time at Edinburgh College? Did your studies help prepare you for elite competition?
College really helped me to focus on something else other than judo and training. I learnt a lot about myself and it has given me the confidence to know that I can go back to education at any time and do well.

I really enjoyed the course (Exercise and Fitness Instructors Course) and learning again. I met some really lovely people and made friends I still keep in touch with now.

Do you have any messages for the lecturers?
The lecturers were brilliant with me. They understood about my commitments to training and gave me realistic deadlines and helped me out so much. They were all very supportive.  

How did you get into judo?
My dad took my brother and I along to the local judo club in Thornbury, Bristol. We loved it from the very first session.

Did you always want to be an Olympian?
From the age of 16/17 my dream has been to compete at the Olympic Games.

What motivates you?
Being the best that I can be and trying to better myself every day.

How do you relax after an event like the Olympics? What has the last couple of weeks been like for you since you returned from Rio?
I'm not sure yet! Since being back in Edinburgh it's been pretty busy. It feels like my feet haven't touched the ground. But I'm not complaining…it's a good thing! I'm going on holiday very soon to Thailand with two of my friends. I'm sure I'll relax then!

What are you up to these days? Are you a full-time athlete?
Since the Olympics I have been on a break from training and competitions. It's the longest break I've ever had but next year I will be back to full time training.

What are your plans for the future? Will you be competing in Tokyo in 2020?
My main focus at the moment is to enjoy winning my bronze medal and make the most of this moment. Tokyo is definitely on my mind but I will be taking one year at a time! There is still so much I want to achieve!

 


​Edinburgh College student and Edinburgh Eagles rugby player Scott Plumridge has lifted Scotland Student Rugby League Player of the Year title for 2016. He impressed in last year’s Student Four Nations Series.


17 January 2017

Edinburgh College student and Edinburgh Eagles rugby player Scott Plumridge has lifted the Scotland Student Rugby League Player of the Year title for 2016. He impressed in last year’s Student Four Nations Series.

Scott has also played for Scotland at Under-19, student and senior level, having won his first cap in the 2015 European Championship.
 
“There were many great performers at the 2016 Student Four Nations” said Scotland Students head coach Nathan Graham. “But the person who stood out was Scott. Playing primarily in the right centre he was always a handful carrying the ball, and defensively he threw everything he had at the opposition, coming up with some really strong plays. Scott undoubtedly has the potential to play at a high level in rugby league and hopefully, as he plays more and more games, that potential may come to fruition.”


​Edinburgh College beauty students will now be practising their skills on specially designed lifelike model training aids for the beauty industry, thanks to a gift from the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT).


30 January 2017

Edinburgh College beauty students will now be practising their skills on specially designed lifelike model training aids for the beauty industry, thanks to a gift from the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT).

The college received the hi-tech Tilly Heads as a gift for its longstanding relationship with VTCT and its continued work supplying good employees to the hair and beauty therapy sector.

Tilly Heads are model heads and body parts designed to enhance professional training in all beauty therapy, theatrical, photographic and media make-up subjects. They are realistic products that enable students to perfect skills, build confidence and bridge the gap between theory and practical application without the need for a real person. The students will now have the option to use the products where they previously practiced their skills on each other.

The college received a selection of packs containing heads for practicing facials (with attachable face masks in varying skin tones for makeup) and torsos for practising massages; electrolysis probing masks; hands/arms and legs/feet for nails and massages.

Frances Bain, curriculum manager for Hairdressing, Beauty and Complementary Therapy at Edinburgh College, said: "We are delighted with our partnership with VTCT and very grateful of the gift of Tilly products. These are an amazing and versatile resource for the tutors in helping our students build confidence and perfect their skills in preparation for their practical assessments on clients and we look forward to using them."

Runa McNamara, national and international business development manager for VTCT said: "VTCT is proud to work in partnership with Edinburgh College - our flagship college and the first regional college in Scotland to fully embrace VTCT qualifications. I am therefore delighted to present the Tilly Range of products to Frances and her team. I hope the team will find these resources valuable in providing learners with an ongoing opportunity to remain actively engaged."

 


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