Walsall Students Make West Midlands Squad!
Two talented Walsall College Sport students have been selected to represent the region after securing places on the West Midlands Colleges Football Team.
Reece Sutton and Edwin Ahenkorah from Walsall College have been selected to represent the West Midlands Region after impressing football scouts at the regional trials held on 3rd October at the Soccer centre in Wednesbury.
Almost seventy players attended the trials, from which only sixteen were selected. The students will now take part in matches against all other regions across England, in order to compete for a place in the English Colleges Football Team in November at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre.
The successful students both play football as part of the college’s Football Development Centre, a great opportunity for talented young footballers who want to continue with their education while working towards footballing success. The Centre specialises in harnessing the talent of both male and female players who display above average ability. Players selected to join the centre work in an environment that aids progression and helps them achieve the highest possible level of performance.
Walsall College has close links with Walsall Football Club and local semi-professional clubs. Students who display exceptional levels of ability and commitment are also recommended to these clubs for further progression opportunities.
Mark Howard, Football Academy Co-ordinator for Walsall College said: “This is the third year running that Walsall College students have made the squad, which is an excellent achievement and testament to the high standard of coaching we deliver. Our students gain high quality training in Walsall College’s Football Development Centre and their professional skills are really paying off. We wish them all the best in the next stage of the trials.”
Reece Sutton said: “I’m really excited to have been selected for the West Midlands Colleges Football Team. I wasn’t sure what to expect during the trials but the coaching staff at Walsall College were really supportive and helped me to prepare and push me to my best.”
Edwin Ahenkorah added: “I’m now training really hard as I want to impress at the England trials. It would be amazing to get selected for the English Colleges team; I would love to make a career out of my football skills and become a professional footballer in the future.”