The Worthing College Football Performance Programme were celebrating National Call ups in the week with Ross Edwards, Pat Webber and Valentine Pursey all getting into the final squad for the Men’s and Women’s England Colleges’ side for the upcoming season.
This shows that the programme is going from strength to strength in terms of players having the opportunity to develop and express themselves on the biggest stage of College football in England and at International level. These talented players will now head off to the very impressive Etihad Training Complex (Manchester City FC) on December 12th, with the season comprising of at least two fixtures and then a tour to Rome for the Men and Portugal for the Women’s squad.
Men’s Performance Coach Dave Hall was beaming with pride at the news “This is amazing news for these players, which should be celebrated by not only the whole Academy of Sport programme, but the community as a whole. Its superb to see that the game intelligence that these players are developing with us at the College programme, their external clubs and our Women’s partnership with Brighton & Hove Albion is now seeing the Worthing College Football programmes being consistently recognised at National and International level. The aim of the programme is to make sure that all squad players work together to improve their performance and education at the top level and this is a great gage of this and will provide the chance for more to step up to England level in the future.”
In addition to this the Men’s ECFA squad has four players from the Sussex Schools U18s programme, that Hall also coaches. Charlie Coppola (BHASVIC) and George Cody (Chichester College) taking their place in the final 18. Hall adds to this by saying “its great to see four players from Sussex in the final squad. Usually the National sides are North bias, however it now shows that the South has some real talent and this is being fully recognised.”
There has been more positive news at England Schools Level with six players from the Sussex Schools programme being selected for the South East squad to take on the South West at Lilleshall on November 29th. Edwards, Rui Buckland, Harry Russell (all Worthing College), Coppola, Henry Watson (Cardinal Newman) & David Carruthers (St Bedes) will take their place in the squad looking to represent the South in the final set of trials in January.
Hall concluded “with the fantastic news of the Worthing FC Youth Team and their FA Cup exploits and our positive link and relationship with the club along with these players from Worthing College and across Sussex doing the county proud its a great time to be involved with youth football in this area and again hoping to report some more individual and squad successes this season and beyond.”
Buckland, Edwards, Watson & Webber are all in the current Worthing FC Youth Set up, who will take on Middlesborough in the FA Youth Cup in the next couple of weeks. Jack Punter, Mark Goldson and Joel Davison are also involved and are part of the Worthing College Men’s Football Performance Programme.