Former Norwich City striker Dion Dublin was on hand to help present over 330 students from City College Norwich’s School of Foundation Studies and Skills for Life with awards to mark their successes of the last year today.

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"I have loved today, it has been really enjoyable to see the students get rewarded for all of their hard work."

Dion Dublin.

Mr Dublin, who finished his illustrious career with the Canaries having played for Manchester United and Coventry City, as well as being capped four times by England, attended a presentation event at Chapelfield Methodist Church.

The students were presented with certificates to mark the completion of their courses, with awards also given to students who have had perfect attendance throughout the year and two students were named ‘student of the year’.

BTEC Active Sport and Leisure student LaShawn Naurayan, 17, from central Norwich was presented with the student of the year award in recognition for his voluntary work and Daisy Murwira, 21, from Spixworth, was presented with the student of the year award for overcoming challenging barriers to complete her ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) course.

The students also put on a variety of performances, including a recorder solo from Access student Adam Telek and a performance by the Unstoppable RUG Room Orchestra, with Progression Hospitality students providing refreshments.

Mr Dublin said: “I have loved today, it has been really enjoyable to see the students get rewarded for all of their hard work.

“Judging by the determination of the students I believe they are already successful and will go on to achieve their goals.”

Rob Bates, head of the School of Foundation Studies and Skills for Life added: “It has been an amazing day for the students, providing a fitting end to a tremendous year of achievement and progress.

“Having Dion Dublin involved made the day extra special and we would like to thank Dion for coming along to present these awards to our students.

“All of the students have something to celebrate and many have made really significant strides over the past year. I would like to congratulate all of the students as well as the staff who have done so much to support this success.”

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