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Canterbury College ESOL Student Converts Passion into Points in Rugby Triumph

Last week Sayed Alizai, a current second year ESOL (English as a Second Language) student at Canterbury College helped his Air Cadets squadron reach new heights at national competition.

Playing three games against Middlesex, London, and Surrey, Kent’s Air Cadets, who are based in Sheppy, came away with three wins out of three, which saw them crowned champions in the Inter-Wing Senior Boys rugby competition 2019.

Sayed, best known as Corporal Alizai by his cadet counterparts, played on the Wing in each game and said that he “really enjoys lots of sports and I’m really happy about winning this.”

Between studying and volunteering at the Air Cadets, Sayed also takes part in other sporting activities, such as playing for his local cricket club Minster CC. An All-Rounder, Sayed also said that after finishing college, he dreams to play sport professionally.

“I enjoy my course at Canterbury College and hope to one day be a professional sports person. My family have always played sport and I would love to do this for a career.”


Sayed is a great example for other ESOL students – and college students in general – showing a great drive and the independence that can come from studying a college course.

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