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Former Sports student hits the headlines


Omid Hussini progressed at Hopwood Hall College from a level 1 Sports course, all the way up to a Foundation Degree in Sports Development.

Now, Omid is hitting regional headlines in regards to his astounding journey from an Afghan child refugee to a Sports Coaching graduate from the University of Central Lancashire.

Omid’s journey saw him cross half the world as a 13 year old boy on the back of trucks, boats and even on foot at times. He eventually stowed away in the wheel arch of a tourist bus travelling through Calais to London, taking a train from London to Oldham on arrival in the UK.

Omid Hussini and Derek O'Toole

Pictured: Omid Hussini stands alongside the Principal of Hopwood Hall College, Derek O'Toole, during his graduation ceremony at Hopwood Hall College

Omid studied at Failinge High school before progressing to Hopwood Hall College, where he made quite the impression on his tutors.

Hopwood Hall College’s Sports Programme Manager, Mat Gartland, spoke of the years he spent with Omid:

“Omid was one of the most hard working students I've ever encountered. He was driven, motivated and had an exceptional attendance record - despite his circumstances.

“I remember Omid when he studied his Level 1 Sports course with us. He was a timid character, but he was never afraid to ask for help or seek out advice and guidance.

“What became quickly apparent was his desire to improve himself. Despite having many friends and being a sociable student, he could often be found working alone either in the library on his work or on the football field, developing his skills and practicing his free-kicks and set pieces.

“On hearing of his success at the University of Central Lancashire, I’m incredibly proud of Omid’s achievement. He came to us as a timid, softly spoken young man with a horrific past. He has overcome so many challenges throughout his life and he is shining example to young people that you can achieve anything if you set your mind to it.”