Football Season Full Of Promise For Princethorpe
The football season is upon us and the College is looking forward to a busy and successful term. Acting Head of Academic PE, Ross Holtom has some talented players to choose from, but is keen to encourage all pupils who enjoy playing the sport to come along to training. He comments, “Football is a growing sport at Princethorpe. Last season the U13 and U15 teams were District Champions and the U12s were semi-finalists in the County Cup. This season there will be plenty more opportunities for pupils to get involved, and with a number of boys participating in professional team academies lots of highly skilled players for pupils to play with and learn from.”
Currently playing at academy level in U12 teams are Year 7 pupils, Finn Osborn (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Bird (Northampton) and Jamie Robinson (Birmingham City), whilst Year 8, Mark Dunkley is on trial with Coventry City. Finn, Jamie and Mark have also all recently been selected to play for the Independent Schools Association’s Midlands teams. The College also has talented players higher up to school with Year 9, Freddie Draper playing in the U14 team at Derby County and Year 11, Aaron Pressley playing for Aston Villa’s U16 team and for Scotland. Aaron is to be particularly congratulated as his dedication to football has just resulted in a two-year professional contract. Year 11, Jack Bent has also represented Warwickshire at U16 level.
All the boys playing in academy teams are on day release schemes that allow them to leave school early to train, but they all still have to complete their schoolwork supervised by an academy teacher. They have played in matches across the UK and Europe and on many famous grounds but they recognise the commitment playing football involves commenting, “The daily travel is tough and you have to work hard and stay focused if you want to be selected.”
Next year the College will be running its first overseas Football Tour with a Year 12 team travelling to Dubai at Easter to play in a four-day tournament, the Dubai Super Cup. The competition will involve teams from around the world and the matches will be played at the world class facilities of the Sevens Stadium.
At Princethorpe the Lent term traditionally sees the focus switch away from Rugby to sports including Football. Mr Holtom continues, “We want everyone to get involved, so if you enjoy playing football come along to training or speak to your PE teacher.”