A Derby College student has been selected for the England Colleges' netball squad to compete at an elite level of the sport.
Cherese Naylor (17) from Codnor is studying Sports Coaching and Development at the College's Broomfield Hall campus in Morley.
She plays Centre and Wing Attack for the Loughborough Lightning team in the national performance league and, as part of the English Colleges' team will play against other national sides and in the national super league.
Cherese, a former pupil of the Ripley Academy, has played netball since she was eight-years-old. She combines her College course with daily strength, conditioning and fitness training as well as netball coaching and playing matches.
Cherese said: "I went for trials for the squad and was delighted to be accepted.
"This is an opportunity to play netball against some of the other top teams in the UK. My ultimate goal is to play netball for England on an international stage so I hope that this will get me further towards that ambition.
"The only downside is that we have to fund ourselves to be part of the squad and attend training and matches throughout the UK. I am therefore working hard to raise sponsorship to enable me to take all the opportunities open to me."
Derby College Sports Lecturer Kevin Bunting said: "Cherese fully deserves this chance to play at a top level in this sport.
"She has a great attitude to her academic studies showing that education and elite sport work well alongside each other
"As a College, we fully support our students who compete in sport at an elite level and ensure that their match and training commitments successfully combine with their College courses so that they gain qualifications that will be invaluable to them in their future careers."
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Derby College is appealing for volunteers to help restore the historic gardens at the Broomfield Hall campus. The restoration programme has been launched by Head Gardener Samantha Harvey who is working with Horticulture students at the College to develop the gardens into a visitor attraction.
The gardens were created when the original hall was built in 1873 by industrialist Charles Schwind.
They still retain the Victorian layout and the plan is to improve these further with several developments including contemporary herbaceous planning, designing; planting a sub-tropical area and installing colourful rainbow planting.
Miss Harvey, who is a former student at Derby College and then trained at the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens in London, said: "We have got big plans for the gardens at Broomfield Hall and our aim is to make these a notable visitor attraction.
"The students are obviously involved and are gaining valuable work experience to improve their employability skills. However, we would also be grateful for the input of local people who can volunteer some of their time to be part of this exciting project.
"Our main volunteer days are Mondays to Wednesdays and volunteers are obviously welcome to work as many hours as they wish with us.
"We have already had interest from people including keen gardeners, some who have retired and others who are keen to progress into the industry.
"As the work progresses, we aim to open the grounds more frequently and welcome people to tour the picturesque grounds and learn more about the different trees."
Future courses at Broomfield Hall will include a new RHS practical skills course for keen gardeners. For more information visit www.derby-college.ac.uk or telephone 0800 028 0289. For more information on volunteering opportunities, please email Samantha.email@example.com
Learners on the Hodgkinson Brickwork Academy at Derby College's Ilkeston campus have come to the aid of a local scout group after their front wall was knocked down.
Derby College is looking for community-based projects to involve young people on the Prince's Trust programme, which is celebrating its 40th year of supporting young people back into education and work.