On the ball with Player of the Year Award

A New College Durham student has been awarded the Premier League Young Player of the Year Award by Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light charity.

19-year-old New College Durham sport student, Laurynn Lowden, from Stanley, won the award for her commitment and drive towards her football and improving her fitness; as well as her contribution to volunteering in football.  

She received her award at Foundation of Light’s annual Top Scorer event, which took place at the Stadium of Light. 18 trophies were awarded in total, from more than 15 different categories, to recognise special achievements.

Laurynn is one of the founder members of the New College Durham Women’s Football Development Centre at New College Durham, and was nominated by her Head Coach for one of the Top Scorer awards, through the college’s partnership with Sunderland AFC’s registered charity.

Helen Byrne, head coach for the Women’s Football Development Centre at New College Durham and Lead Women’s and Girls’ Football Development Officer at Foundation of Light, said: “This is a great achievement and Laurynn should be very proud of winning this award.”

Laurynn joined New College Durham from North Durham Academy in 2012.  Since then, she has completed a Level 3 sports programme at New College Durham, before progressing onto a HNC in Sports Coaching and Development.

Steven Bell, Curriculum Manager for Sport at New College Durham, said, “We are extremely proud of Laurynn.  We have watched her develop not only as a player, but as a person and as a coach. Our link with both Newcastle and Sunderland Foundation is a real bonus for our students and we look forward to more success in the future, both on and off the pitch”.

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Martin Smith (SAFC U21 midfielder), Laurynn Lowden, Jordi Gomez (SAFC midfielder), Helen Byrne.

Laurynn Lowden with her award, Liam Agnew (SAFC midfielder).

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