Kevin Sinfield was nominated for an AoC Gold Award by Oldham Sixth Form College where he studied for A levels whilst simultaneously playing professional rugby league with Leeds Rhinos from age 16.
After he left the college, in 2003, Kevin went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Metropolitan University while continuing to play professional rugby.
Kevin's career has been a well decorated one, seeing him rise to become one of the most recognisable and respected figures in the game, globally: In 2007 Kevin became the first Leeds player to score in every round of a Super League season, a feat which he repeated in the 2011 season.
Kevin celebrated his testimonial season in 2008, having been at the Rhino’s for ten years, the same year he successfully graduated from university. During this season, Kevin set a club record by scoring in 63 consecutive matches. During the 2009 season, Kevin became only the second player to score 1,000 goals for Leeds.
In October 2012, Kevin was named as Captain of the England Rugby League team and it was announced in January 2013 that he had won the Golden Boot, the sport's highest individual accolade – being only the fourth Englishman to do so. Kevin was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2014 for his services to rugby league.
Kevin announced his retirement from international rugby league in September last year, however he still continues to captain the Leeds Rhinos and still maintains links with Oldham Sixth Form College as well as supporting schools and other organizations in Oldham.
Present at the presentation ceremony was Oldham Sixth Form College's 'Future Star' nominee: a student with similar career aspirations and potential as their Gold award winner. Their selection Amy Clinton has already achieved five U19 England netball caps in the last year as well as studying for her PE, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry AS level exams which she intends to take forward as A Levels before reading Sports Science or Mathematics at university. Amy was also awarded one of three grant cheques for £1000 to help her progress with her studies and career aspirations.