Talented athlete Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz, who is studying for her Level 3 Sports Diploma at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, secured her title of Cadet British Champion this weekend as she competed in the 2012 National Judo Championships held at the England Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

Prisca who enrolled at the College as part of the Sponsored Athlete Programme, which supports and helps talented athletes, worked hard throughout the year training for the event which sees her secure the title for the second year running.

After winning all five fights, Prisca said: “I’m so happy I won the national Judo title. I’m still buzzing with excitement. It really pays off to work hard and hopefully with the added support from the College, I’ll continue to improve and hopefully be picked for the England squad in 2016.”

Prisca, who hopes to compete to become a Sports Therapist after competing in the 2016 Olympics, heard about the Sports Athlete Programme at school and enrolled at the College in September.

She said: “I didn’t think many colleges offered sports sponsorship packages so when I heard the College were offering it at their Enfield Centre I knew straight away it was right for me.

“I get support with training and mentoring while also studying for my Level 3 so I can go on and apply for a Judo sports sponsorship programme at University.” 

The Sports Athlete Programme was launched at the College’s Enfield Centre in 2011 and helps students who are competing at a national level.  As part of their studies, students receive a sponsorship package which includes individual performance planning, a gym programme, sports massage, therapy sessions for recovery and funding towards travel costs to and from events.

To apply, students must be aged 16 to 18, actively engaged in a sport at a club at a regional or national level, enrolled on a full-time course at the College’s Enfield Centre, have the full support their coach and/or club, be prepared to act as an ambassador to the College and programme and be actively competing for the duration of the development programme.

Curriculum Director, Kurt Hintz, said: “We are delighted Prisca has won the championship and extremely proud to have her at the College. Our Programme is still relatively new but so far we have enrolled some truly talented athletes.

“It is an exciting time for the College knowing that we are building a solid foundation in sports training which adds to our already successful Football Academy and excellent sports facilities.

For more information about the Sports Athlete Programme visit: www.conel.ac.uk/sports_sponsorship   

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