Lannece Offered Place to Study in US
Sixth Form pupil Lannece Hole is celebrating after receiving an offer to Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. Lannece joined King’s three years ago and will leave for the USA after completing her BTEC Sport programme.
A talented sportswoman, Lannece has excelled in football during her time at King’s, initially playing alongside the boys, then being selected to represent England in the Independent Schools Football Association matches – something she has been involved in for the last three years.
Lannece also plays for Exeter City Ladies (first team), which gives her exposure to the professional world of female football. She believes the school has played an integral part in her development as a player:
“Playing for the King’s girls’ first team has been an incredible experience, and since coming to the school in Fifth Form (Year 11), the staff and girls have made me feel so welcome. It’s given me many opportunities to play against more challenging teams, with better facilities.”
She added: “I was happy to know that the school was big on allowing girls to play in the boys’ football teams. A lot of schools wouldn’t do this, and for me this has really helped me better myself as a player. It’s made me stronger both on and off the pitch and more confident. Being involved with the ISFA for the three years has been an eye-opening experience. Before going to King’s I would never have thought that I would be in a representative team, so King’s has really given me many opportunities. To receive a cap for playing for the ISFA has been amazing, and it’s another one to add to the one I got last year. From the support at King’s and the support at ISFA, they’ve both given me many skills to take on to later life.”
As well as developing her skills as a footballer, Lannece has excelled in her academic studies since joining King’s, and has achieved the highest grades in every assignment.
When asked about why she chose the BTEC Sport programme, Lannece said: “I have a passion for sport, and learning about the way our bodies work. The BTEC Sport course has really helped me to develop and improve many skills, such as organisation, time management and assignment writing, and the teachers have been exceptionally supportive, making me feel welcome right from the start.
“We’re a really close-knit group – I’ve made so many friends. During the course I’ve achieved high grades, putting me on track to achieve the grade I want – the highest possible grade of 3 D*s. I’ve enjoyed everything about the course – it’s given me many opportunities to do things, such as my level one in basketball, and in cricket coaching. There have been many highlights throughout the two years of BTEC Sport, and I’m sad it’s coming to an end. However, I know that the skills and the things I’ve learnt through the course will open up many opportunities for me and will help with my move from King’s to America. I’m so grateful to have been able to do the BTEC Sport course and it’s been a fantastic experience.”
Since she applied to colleges in the US, scholarship offers have come in thick and fast – a total of 11 colleges were interested in Lannece. Although she applied to a number of universities in the UK, it was the professionalism of the women’s game in America that appealed.
After various Skype interviews, Lannece settled on Davis and Elkins College. She was impressed with their offering and felt at ease talking to their head coach, Declan. He had been in a similar position himself and was able to offer support and guidance. Lannece has already made a few friends in the US during the process and cannot wait to start in the autumn.
In her first year, Lannece will cover a number of subjects before specialising in her chosen sport. The course also offers her the opportunity to play in the NCCA division 2.
Commenting on her achievement, BTEC Sport tutor Aimee Hildreth said: “Lannece is the perfect example of a pupil who is not only a talented sportsperson, but is dedicated to her studies. This course has been an ideal platform for her; she has been able to produce some fantastic work, as well as having time to focus on her own sports performance – something this course is great at enabling.”
Lannece follows in the footballing steps of other pupils – Katy Hanscomb, Shannon Vickery, Phoebe Licence and Sarah Hill, who also headed to the USA to study and play football after leaving King’s at the end of the Sixth Form. We wish Lannece every success.
Published on: Thursday, January 1, 1970