Young Sheffield United Star Trains at Dearne Valley College!

Date: 20/05/2013

One of Yorkshire’s upcoming football talents visited Dearne Valley College recently to take advantage of the facilities that the College’s sports centre, DVC Sports, has to offer.

17-year-old, George Willis has formed an integral part of Sheffield United’s under 18’s youth team, and has represented the his country as a Goalkeeper for England’s youth squad.

As part of his preparation to make the leap from youth team, to a fully-fledged first string player for Sheffield United, the Rotherham-born footballer has stepped up his fitness regime and is taking advantage of the College’s excellent sports facilities to complete his strength and conditioning programme before the season begins this summer. The Fitness63 fitness suite at DVC Sports underwent a £700,000 refurbishment in 2012, following the procurement of funding, to house further amenities and was officially unveiled by Olympic Archer and former DVC student, Amy Oliver.

Speaking of the recent VIP visitor, DVC Sports Manager, Shaun Woodward said:

“Having a young footballing talent such as George visiting us to carry out his fitness programme, is a great testament to the excellent facilities and services that we have to offer at DVC Sports and Fitness63.  It’s fantastic to see a locally-born athlete progress from a youth team player to first string level with a well-known football club and we were pleased to have the opportunity to support him with this. We wish him the very best with his career and his future success.”

It’s not the first time that the College has worked with Sheffield United. Currently, a number of youth team players from the club study with Dearne Valley College to gain BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport qualifications, of which George took part.

Speaking about his use of DVC facilities, George said:

“The team at DVC Sports have been extremely helpful. Fitness63 has great facilities, and as a gym, it has everything I need to successfully complete my off-season programme in preparation for the summer.”

If you would like to enquire about any of the services available at DVC Sports, including industry-leading Astro-turf facilities and flexible fitness suite memberships starting from just £18, you can contact the team on 01709 513315 or at Alternatively, you visit the website on


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