Sunday, May 27, 2012

TNS Scholars scoop county shield

THE New Saints football scholars, who train and study at Walford and North Shropshire College, have lifted the Shropshire Homes County Shield.

After an outstanding season, the College team took on Thomas Telford in the finals held at Shifnal Town FC on Wednesday, the match having been rained off at the New Bucks Head the previous week.
The final 2-0 scoreline reflected a convincing performance, with a stunning goal from Naim Arsan before half-time and the second goal scored by Ryan Jones midway through the second half.
"The College/TNS scholarship has had one of its best ever seasons this year," says Andy Holland, Head of Faculty at Walford and North Shropshire College, who was amongst the spectators to cheer the TNS boys on.
"Winning the shield is a fantastic achievement and makes up for losing out in last year’s finals to Shrewsbury Sixth Form College.
"All credit to Thomas Telford, who worked hard and played well. At the end of the day, teamwork was the key to our success – coupled of course with two amazing goals."
College Principal Andrew Tyley is delighted with the result: "This has been an excellent year for our sports programmes," he says.
"We have done well in the league and enjoyed another good cup run. Winning the County shield is a great way to end the season – particularly to see such impressive play from the team and how the scholars have improved and developed over the year.
"We are gaining quite a reputation across Shropshire and beyond for our sports programmes and look set to take on record numbers of sports students at College this year – with strong interest already in our new university level course starting in September.
"Particular thanks are due to our two coaches Martin Pope and Peter Griffiths, who have supported the scholars through a busy schedule. Thanks also to Craig Harrison, The New Saints’ director of football, who came all the way from Chester to watch the match."
There is still time to apply for the Football Scholarship at Walford and North Shropshire College, apply on-line today at or call Admissions on 01691 688080.
Photo: The scholars celebrate their win with the shield.

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