Football players represent Wakefield on National Stage
Thursday, 19 November, 2020
Tags:Sport Sporting Success
Earlier this month six Wakefield College students attended trials for the England Colleges FA national team for both the male and female teams.
The first trial held at Bishop Burton in Hull (home of Hull City FCs academy) under COVID guidelines consisted of the best college players in the entire North of England including ex academy and national team players. The male representation of Owen Kirman and Mason Smith (Level 1 Sport and Level 3 Sport) saw them compete in fixtures in a mixed team to showcase their ability in competitive game scenarios. A shout out to Owen who managed to score one and assist two goals within the game.
The female trial saw Isobelle Sibbald, Abbie Flynn (both from A Levels) and Beth Birkinshaw and Emily Burton (Sport Level 3 and Sport Science) compete in a similar format against Women’s Super League and academy players from across the North in a tough and demanding trial.
After much consideration by the coaches of both national teams it was decided that Isobelle would progress to the final trial from the females and both Owen and Mason would progress to the final trial from the males to be in touching distance of representing their country and gaining international caps on behalf of the FA.
The final trial has been delayed to the weekend of 9 & 10 January (COVID depending) to be held at Loughborough University where a squad of 24 will be selected out of an initial 200+ players who were nominated or scouted to be involved in the trials.
Head of the Academy of Sport, Ben Severn, had this to say “We’ve been building the football programme for both men’s and women’s over the last few years and after many ups and downs were starting to see the results from everyone’s hard work. We work with many local professional and semi professional teams to create an environment that replicates a full-time youth team programme at the college. We now have players from Wakefield AFC, Doncaster Rovers, Wakefield Trinity LFC and Ossett United representing us. It’s a testament to these teams and the college that we can boast an excellent programme where students get a good education alongside a realistic experience and opportunities within football.”
Wakefield College have a virtual open day this Saturday, 11am-1pm for prospective students interested in studying further education and also the sports academy (football, rugby, netball, cricket, individual sports) - https://www.wakefield.ac.uk/college-life/events/
Alternatively check out our interactive prospectus at - https://www.wakefield.ac.uk/school-leaver-prospectus/welcome/your-routes-to-success/vocational-courses/subject-areas/sport
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DATE: 19 November, 2020