The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London’s rising star, Jake Knight, who is a member of the Football Academy, made his debut for the England College’s Team last week, making him the eighth player from the College to represent his country.

Based at Boreham Wood Football Club, Jake combines study with football as part of the innovative programme which allows young men aged 16-18 to train as semi-professional footballers while acquiring a qualification in either construction or sports.

Now in its fourth year at the College, The PASE Football Academy is holding trials to recruit new players for September 2013. Young players who have a passion for football and learning are welcome to attend on Tuesday 2 April at Boreham Wood FC or Thursday 4 April at the College’s Enfield Centre.

If successful, they could follow in the footsteps of Jake Knight and other players, such as Charlie Hunter who after winning a scholarship at an American university is now representing them across the USA.

Jake, who recently turned 18 enrolled at the Football Academy in 2013 and is studying for his NVQ in Fitness and Exercise Instruction.  As goalkeeper for the team he said:  “I was happy to be given the opportunity to play for the England College’s Team and hope to have many more games during the season”.

College Director for Sports, Kurt Hintz, said: “We’re very proud of our football academy and its players. It’s a fantastic scheme and I urge anyone who wants to follow their dream in sport while getting a first class education to apply.”

To sign up for trials, visit the College’s Football Academy page.

About the Boreham Wood Football Club Programme for Academic and Sporting Excellence (PASE) Scheme:

Boreham Wood Football Club is a non-league community club in the Blue Square Conference South Division. In 2002, the club set up a scheme to help young footballers reach the highest pinnacle of their profession and get good training in a trade or profession.

The College teamed up with the Club in 2009 to offer young people excellent Sports or Construction training alongside the opportunity to have their footballing skills nurtured to the highest level.

The club has produced eight England College and Schools capped players, three of these in 2012. The Academy won the 2010/11 National U19 England Colleges Cup and was runner up in 2011/12.

The Club also has a recognised partnership with Premier League, Reading Football Club and has contacts throughout the non-league and professional game, which have led to Academy players being professionally signed and winning Football Scholarships in the USA.

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