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IMG 0534Pictured: Simon Jackson from Chelsea FC Foundation (centre) with a shirt signed by Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and César Azpilicueta and donated to Uxbridge College, with two students from Uxbridge College Football Development Centre, Omar Hassan on his left, and Adrian Bychowski right. Football Development Centre Head Coach Laura Kaminski is second right, with (from left) Uxbridge College’s Dan Lloyd, Martina Ashton, Darrell DeSouza, Laraine Smith and Shayne Chandler.

Uxbridge College and Chelsea Football Club Foundation have joined forces in a dynamic association designed to give the best sporting opportunities to students.

Uxbridge College Football Development Centre, open to full-time students at Uxbridge College, is now being backed by the Foundation to support young men and women in making the best of their sporting potential.

Chelsea Football Club Foundation coaching staff will work alongside the Football Development Centre Head Coach and A licence holder Laura Kaminski to deliver high quality football sessions in first-class training facilities and compete in Association of Colleges/English Colleges Football Association league and cup matches. Each member of the Football Development Centre will receive a Chelsea training kit and will play matches in a Chelsea strip. The link will be further enhanced by guest speakers from Chelsea Football Club as well as visits to Chelsea under 23 and youth fixtures, the training ground in Cobham and an opportunity to gain coaching qualifications.

Laraine Smith OBE, Principal of Uxbridge College said: “We are delighted and excited to be working in association with Chelsea Football Club Foundation, an organisation that mirrors our own high standards and expectations. The collaboration and support networks available will enable Uxbridge College Football Development Centre to further its commitment to providing the best possible opportunities for our students to maximise their academic and sporting potential. It goes without saying that it is fantastic to have world-renowned support such as this and we can’t wait to see our students benefiting from this exciting new collaboration.”

Keith Harmes from CFC Foundation said: “The desire of Uxbridge College to develop a first class football programme shone through at the very first meeting. With such excellent facilities and a programme that will undoubtedly be one of the very best the area has to offer, it will be exciting times ahead. Combining academic studies with a fulfilling football programme, delivered by top quality coaching staff, is such a fantastic opportunity for the students. We all look forward to watching the development not only of the college football teams, but also of the individuals involved.”

Uxbridge College Football Development Centre is now recruiting for September 2018 entry.

For more idetails about Uxbridge College Football Development Centre and the College’s other sporting academies in Basketball, Netball, Rugby and Cricket please telephone on 01895 475273 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DSC 0650Fashion, graphic design and games design, fine art, sculpture, photography and installation art were among the wide range of exhibits at Uxbridge College’s end-of-year Reveal event.

The annual show showcased Final Major Project pieces by students from across Creative Studies subjects on UAL courses at Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Students unleashed their creativity to produce a diverse range of exhibits. Examples included Theodore Carter’s fashion brand, The Visual Collective, which pulled together his skills from his studies on Level 2 Art & Design and Level 3 Graphic Design. Theodore will be going on to study at Chelsea College of Arts. Holly Hamilton (pictured) created an installation inspired by the campaign to cut the amount of plastic pollution in our seas, while Katie Alford used her travels as a jumping off point for her 3D heads and colourful map.

Reveal was launched on Open Day at the Uxbridge campus which gave prospective students and their families a chance to see the diverse work, as well as friends and families of the artists.

David Storer, Course Team Leader for Art and Design, who organised the show, said: “This was a really interesting collection with students having the added challenge of making sure everything was perfect in time for Open Day! I think it made a great impression on our visitors and we got loads of positive comments. As is the case each year we’ve got quite a number of students going onto degree courses at a range of prestigious institutions thanks to their achievements at Uxbridge College. We are extremely proud of them and will be looking out for their work across the creative industries in the years ahead.”

Dorothy Koomson Murtaza and Shelley 1200 DSC 0051Pictured: Murtaza Ahmadi, winner of 'Best Reviews Overall' Award with bestselling author Dorothy Koomson (left) and Shelley Cawley, Learning Resources Manager at Uxbridge College.

Hit author Dorothy Koomson, whose bestselling books include My Best Friend’s Girl and The Ice Cream Girls, was the guest of honour at Uxbridge College’s Reading Ahead 2018 awards.

Dorothy signed copies of her book The Beach Wedding, which was given away to student completers of this year’s national challenge which is run by The Reading Agency. She also presented awards and talked about her life and career, including writing stories for her friends when she was still at school! Dorothy is internationally renowned for her novels, which have been included on the Richard & Judy Summer Reads shortlist and made into a drama for ITV. Her most recent book is The Brighton Mermaid published earlier this year.

A total of 900 students took part in the challenge across the college this year including 350 ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students based at Hayes as well as Functional Skills students from Uxbridge campus. Dorothy attended signings at LRCs at both sites.

Shelley Cawley, Learning Resources Manager at Uxbridge College, who co-ordinated Reading Ahead this year at the college, said: “It was amazing to have a bestselling author like Dorothy Koomson at the awards ceremonies - she was a real inspiration and a great role model in so many ways. This year Uxbridge College has supported the highest number of ESOL students yet to complete the challenge, and more students in ESOL classes have completed than the total number across college. This is a huge achievement as most ESOL learners were unable to speak, read or write English at the start of their courses.”

Genevieve Clarke from The Reading Agency said: “We are delighted that Uxbridge College continues to have such success with our Reading Ahead programme. We know that it is particularly valued by ESOL learners for whom reading is an ideal pathway to increased vocabulary and comprehension skills.”

This year the challenge has focused on supporting English language skills for ESOL learners and others who needed support in this area, and included students completing some of their reviews in a timed exercise in class to help them prepare for their exams.

Reading material included topical articles about the death of Stephen Hawking and his legacy following his death in March, and the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as well as The Journey by Francesca Sanna, a book based on interviews with refugees and echoing the journeys of a number of Uxbridge College students.

The Reading Agency is a charity supported with funding from Arts Council England. The Reading Agency is the leading charity inspiring people of all ages and all backgrounds to read for pleasure and empowerment. Working with partners, their aim is to make reading accessible to everyone. Reading Ahead, run through public libraries, colleges, prisons and workplaces, is one of a number of initiatives run by the charity to support this aim.

Special Award winners were:

First Completer: Shrilekshmi Suja
6 Reviews In 6 Days Winner: Sabrina Akter Rima
Best Reviews Overall: Murtaza Ahmadi
Best Review: Mohamed Abouelhana

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