TyneMet student, Joe Danquah has been selected for a top national sporting role. Joe, 18 from Newcastle has been appointed as a National Ambassador for British Sports Colleges - the organisation which represents the sporting interests of students and Colleges across the UK.

Joe, who comes originally from Holland, is studying at TyneMet. Another student, Colin Bell is a Regional Ambassador. Thousands of students apply each year to become a National Ambassador with just ten selected for the top job.

Joe's role will be to highlight the benefits of sport to fellow students. And with that in mind, he's just come back from a Media Training Course in Nottingham. Joe was put through his paces by a former ITV News Presenter who also let him in on some tricks of the trade.

Joe said: "At first he told me to look at the camera and talk about myself for 45 seconds which was quite hard. Then he taught me the importance of voice projection and body language. It's important to be able to communicate effectively in order to promote the benefits of sport on a national stage."

Joe's passion is football which is not too surprising. His brother, Frank played for Newcastle United before a transfer to Hungarian side, Ferencvaros in the summer. Joe's ambition is to be a coach, but with the TV training under his belt, would he fancy a career in front of the camera? Joe said: "No! I'll stick to my original plans but I did enjoy the experience."

TyneMet Principal, Jon Vincent said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for Joe and for Colin in their role as Ambassadors. We put great importance on sport here at TyneMet for students, staff and our local community. Now, Joe and Colin will spread the word to a wider audience."