Weston College soccer star selected to play for his country

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By YouPR | Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 19:58

An outstanding Weston College footballer has been selected to play for his country - the first College student ever to get so far.

Bradley Ash, 17, will be making his debut appearance for the England Colleges football team against Australia later this month after passing tough national trials.

Bradley is in the second year of an Extended Diploma in Sport, and is one of the youngest players ever to turn out regularly for the first team of Skrill South side Weston-super-Mare AFC.

He now follows in the footsteps of Premiership stars like Norwich City winger Anthony Pilkington, who began his career with the national Colleges side.

After passing regional trials in Bridgwater, midfielder Bradley went on to qualify in the South of England category, despite not having the best of games. However, he turned his fortunes around in the national qualifier and was selected to play for England.

Selected players follow a programme similar to that of the FA's England Youth national teams thanks to the close links established between the two organisations.

Professional Club scouts, US University scouts and non-league club scouts regularly attend England Colleges Football fixtures, providing a great platform for players who impress to progress further in football.

Bradley, from Pawlett, near Bridgwater, said: "I was so happy to be selected for my country and I'm really looking forward to playing well and scoring some goals. I want to do the best I can because it could lead to some amazing opportunities in professional football."

Paul Taylor, Weston College's Sports Development and Performance Manager, said: "I've known Brad for a few years now and he's a very able and talented young footballer. It is a real honour for him, and for Weston College, to be chosen to play for his country."

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