Elite confirms Year 7 scholars

SIX gifted students at Dyke House Academy have been handed places on the top tier of its sports scholarship programme.


New recruits: The new Year 7 Tier 3 scholars in the Dyke House gym 


SIX gifted students at Dyke House Academy have been handed places on the top tier of its sports scholarship programme.


The Elite Development Squad has entered its sixth year at the Hartlepool secondary school and sixth form college.

And after going through a thorough selection process and rafting through applications, six of the most highly-rated Year 7s have been handed places on Tier 3.

Swimmer Shay Wood and sprinter Ryan Hodge are on the scheme along with footballers Gene Steels, Ollie Duthie, Frankie Coulson and Lexie Goldsmith.

There are also eight more of the Year 7 intake to have been handed spots on Tier 2. Those are Lucy Barnes, Oliver Corbett, Kian Evans, Alex Griffin, Erin Bates, Shay Hackworth, Tilly Burey and Leah Collins.


Gene Steels, 12, ex-Holy Trinity Primary

“I am on the Elite because I am at Hartlepool United’s academy. I play striker and used to play for Leven FC. It is a good opportunity to go places and on trips to learn more.”

Ollie Duthie, 12, ex-Holy Trinity Primary

“I play right-back for Middlesbrough’s academy and centre-back for Dyke House. I have spent nearly two years at Boro, I played for Seaton and then went to Leven.  I am looking forward to getting different opportunities that might not have got at primary.”

Frankie Coulson, 11, ex-Greatham Primary

“I play for Middlesbrough academy with Ollie and was scouted playing for Greatham FC. I play left or right wing, I am fast and that’s my strongest quality. I am looking forward to the fun stuff we will do on the scheme too.”

Lexie Goldsmith, 11, ex-St Aidan’s Primary

“I play for Teesside Regional TC and I used to play for Pools Youth. I went to a futsal session and the woman taking it was with other RTCs and Teesside. She asked me to go along so I did. I would like to think the Elite will help me become an England starter for girls.”

Shay Wood, 11, ex-Eldon Grove Primary

“I am top five in Britain for my age in the 200m frontcrawl and 400m frontcrawl. I have swam competitively for two years, and since the age of seven for Aquaforce SC.

“The Elite gives you opportunities, the trips, strength and conditioning and hopefully it stands me in good stead for the future as I wanted to go to the Olympics.”

Ryan Hodge, 12, ex-Fens Primary

“I run for Hartlepool Athletics Club. I have done a few events at national level and competed in a lot of events, mainly the 100m and 200m. This is a fantastic chance for me and I want to make the most of it.”