Footy duo’s final trial

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Two football students from Sheffield Wednesday’s Education Programme have made it through to the programme’s final trials.

Lewis Jewitt and Frank Koromo, both aged just 16, will battle 40 other youngsters at the final trials tomorrow, all hoping to score a chance to play for the National College team.

If they are successful in the final round, the duo will join the squad, taking part in high quality training and fixtures, playing against teams from Ireland and Wales, and gaining international experience at a week-long football camp in Portugal next year.

Both Sheffield students currently study on the club’s Education Programme’s BTEC Elite Football Development programme, which gives youngsters the opportunity to gain international playing experience and training in a professional setting, ultimately progressing to a professional playing contract. The course, which provides a unique player development pathway for college students, is thanks to a new partnership between Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield FC and Rotherham College.

Spencer Taylor, CSR Manager at Sheffield Wednesday, said: “To make it to the final trials is an outstanding achievement for Lewis and Frank. They’re among our elite performers and we’re really proud of them for getting so far.

“The Education Programme is very well-rounded and both of them have shown a great commitment, both to the sport and to the course - education always comes first with us.”

Frank, of Hillsborough, and Lewis, of Treeton, have succeeded at trial after trial against players from all over the north to make it to the final round.

Spencer added: “At the trials on Sunday, Lewis and Frank will play in four 30-minute games and that will be their final opportunity to show what they can bring to the team, so it’s an intense trial.

Ken Merry, Associate Principal at Rotherham College, said: “This is a great achievement for the boys and for Rotherham College. They’ve done really well to get this far and we wish them all the best for the trials on Sunday.”

The National Team programme is working in conjunction with sporting bodies AoC Sport and Future Elite Sport to provide elite sports students the chance to represent the country and their education programme.

For information on courses offered by the Education Programme e-mail education@swfc.co.uk