Blackpool skating star receives sporting scholarship to study at university

Lily Matthias

A Blackpool skating champion is celebrating after achieving triple distinction star in her BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport.

Three-time British Solo Ice Dance Champion Lily Matthias 17, who received her results yesterday at Blackburn College, was also delighted to be offered a scholarship on the Performance Athlete Support Programme to study Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University.

Lily, who was recently awarded the Sport Student of the Year Award at Blackburn College’s Further Education Star Award, said: "I’m really excited to be going to Sheffield Hallam University to study Sport and Exercise Science. At the moment I am transitioning from solo Ice Dance to Ice Dance, with a partner, so I will be taking a year to train and will hopefully be competing in August 2023.

"I came to Blackburn College originally to sit my GCSE Maths and English after being home schooled. I was really impressed by the sports facilities and enjoyed being able to learn a wide variety of topics within sport, not just focusing on one aspect or career path.

"During the course I have been able to undertake work experience coaching younger skaters which has been really helpful in making my decision as to what course I wanted to study at university.

"I have had the best tutors, every single one of them has gone above and beyond. They have supported me not only with my course, but also my skating outside of college."

Gretel Redwood, Head of School for Customer Service Industries at Blackburn College said: “Congratulations to Lily, we are delighted that she has achieved such a fantastic result. She has shown maturity beyond her years whilst at college, completing work consistently to a distinction standard whilst also training full time at Blackburn Ice Arena."

There’s still time to apply for a place at Blackburn College for the new academic year. If you’re interested in applying, please call us on 01254 292929 or visit our apply now page.

22 Aug 2022, 14:48 PM