College students play football for England

A New College Durham Football Development Centre student has been chosen to play for the England 1st Team by the English Colleges Football Association.

Jordan Lavery, of Coxhoe in Durham, studies BTEC Extended Diploma Sport at New College Durham and is also a key member of the Football Development Centre. As part of his training Jordan receives coaching from professional football coaches including Ronnie Thompson, an NUFC coach. Jordan has also recently spent time on a 6-week training programme at Middlesbrough’s Academy training with the U18’s and U21’s 1st Team.


Jordan went through 3 phases of trials to be selected for the Men’s Under 19 England Team and played his first match against Wales on 8 March winning 1-0. Jordan is now going to Italy for an international tournament from 6-12 May 2013.


Jordan said ‘I was proud to be put forward by the College for ECFA selection process, it’s a huge honour to have been selected to play for England. I chose to study at New College Durham because it has a great reputation for developing footballers but didn’t expect this!’


Ronnie Thompson, coach with Newcastle United and New College Durham Football Development Centre Manager said ‘The last year has been an exciting time to be involved in the Football Development Centre. On a personal note it has been tremendous to see students display so much self-belief in their abilities both as football players and in their academic studies. The ethos of the Football Development Centre is ‘success is not achieved alone; it is achieved together’, an ethos the students and staff alike have taken to heart.’


Students studying in the Football Development Centre receive 10 hours of professional coaching, training and playing per week, free gym membership, up to £100 free sports kit, individual player assessment and a nationally recognised level 2 or 3 qualification in sport.



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