Date: 12/06/2012

A group of students from Dearne Valley College (DVC) are off to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Training at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield (EISS), the six College students have been selected to represent Great Britain (GB) in the male 48kg, 56kg, 64kg, 91kg categories and the female 60kg and 75kg boxing categories.

After being selected, the team consisting of Charlie Edwards (19) from London, Luke Campbell (24) from Hull, Tom Stalker (28) from Liverpool, Anthony Joshua (22) from London, Natasha Jonas (28) from Liverpool and Savannah Marshall (21) from Hartlepool are all now off to compete in the games during August 2012.

The students train with the GB Boxing Team at the EISS and study Level 2 and Level 3 fitness qualifications with the Wath-based College.

Since 2010, DVC has helped 16 members of the British Olympic Boxing team qualify as fitness instructors - many of whom have qualified for ‘London 2012’ and have high hopes of winning medals. Considering the many hours spent each week training, travelling, in physio and doing media work, this is an excellent achievement.

Throughout their studies the Boxers also impressed with their professional attitude and amicable personalities. Although many of the Boxers have plans to continue fighting after ‘London 2012’, the ones that don’t will be able to use these qualifications to work in the fitness industry, giving them opportunity to pass on their knowledge and experience to others.

Mick Blythe, DVC Sport and Physical Recreation Tutor, commented:
“Apart from wishing every Boxer good luck for ‘London 2012’, I also wish to thank Rob McCracken, GB Boxing Performance Director, Dan Salcedo Performance Lifestyle Adviser and the entire GB Boxing Team for their help and professionalism during the last two years and hope to work with them again soon”.

The College would also like to wish the group all the best for the London 2012 Olympic Games and wish them well with their studies in the future.

Dearne Valley College are now accepting applications for many vocational courses starting September 2012.

For a Further Education Course Guide 2012/2013 call the Enquiry Line on 01709 513355, email or alternatively the course guide can be downloaded from

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