A STUDENT at The Sixth Form Bolton has been presented with a top BTEC award

Matthew Furgrove, 17, an ex-Ladybridge High student, was given the silver award for sport learner of the year after being recognised by teachers and peers in his first year.

Curtis Scott, a college sports teacher, said: "Matthew is an outstanding student who is an inspiration to his peers at The Sixth Form Bolton.

“He goes above and beyond on his study programme and is a pleasure to teach on his sport and exercise science course."

Matthew added: "This award is a massive highlight for me and I cannot wait for my second year."

College officials say he was nominated for this award as recognition for the mental and physical support he provided for his peers during the challenging lockdown period.

Mr Scott added: "Matthew was a key figure in a Strava running group to help ensure his peers remained active during remote teaching, and organised a mental health awareness talk by Danny Sculthorpe, an ex-professional rugby league player to highlight the challenges we face in society and sport.

“Matthew is fully deserving of this award and a credit to The Sixth Form.”

Matthew has completed several FA qualifications, alongside his BTEC, while also deciding to study an EPQ to support his future progression into higher education.

His hard work and dedication was celebrated at the 11th anniversary of Pearson’s annual BTEC Awards, which took place on Youtube earlier this month.