Sunderland College players make England national squads

Written by on 24th April 2018

Two Sunderland College students have been selected for the prestigious England Colleges and England Schools National squads.

Sports student Thomas Kavangh and A-Level student Fraser Colling, who are part of the College’s Football Development Centre, were selected for the England squads from hundreds of talented 16 to 18-year-old football players across the country.

The talented duo were put through their paces in a series of regional and national trials, with the final rigorous selection process held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre and St George’s Park.

Being part of the national squads will allow Thomas and Fraser to play high level football on an international stage against Scotland, Wales and Australia, to name a few.

Both players will also experience warm weather training camps in the coming months in Spain and Italy.

John Rushworth, Faculty Director for Sports, Health and Wellbeing at Sunderland College said:

“We are delighted for Thomas, Fraser and the coaching team that support them on a daily basis. This is a fantastic achievement for the Football Development Centre at Sunderland College.”

Over the past 12 month, Sunderland College Football Development Centre have developed an excellent partnership with Improtech Elite Soccer and South Shields Football Club.

17-year-old Thomas, who travels to Sunderland College from Richmond every day to be part of the Football Development Centre, said; “It is a huge honour to have been selected to play for England and I’m looking forward to the opportunities it will bring. Studying at Sunderland College and being a member of the Football Development Centre is a fantastic experience.”

Centre half, Fraser Colling, is part of the College’s Bede Campus Improtech Elite academy delivered by former SAFC player Martin Scott and his Improtech coaches.

Talented North East footballers (male and female) that want to combine elite level football coaching with academic excellence can contact Sunderland College for more details.

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