Three talented Coleg y Cymoedd footballers will be playing on the international field after being selected to represent their country.
Players Joseph Evans, Joshua Maksimovic and Samuel Jones have been selected to represent Wales Colleges and Schools in the competitive international campaign.
Joseph and Joshua, who study Level 3 Sport, and Samuel, who studies A levels, will be competing against all the home nations travelling to Scotland and Northern Ireland to compete in the Centenary Shield alongside players from across Wales.
Josh has been selected to participate in the prestigious Roma Caput Mundi competition involving international teams from across Europe that Joe played in last year.
Joseph (18 from Beddau) plays Centre Back, Joshua (17 from Llantwit Fardre) plays Centre Forward and Samuel (18 from Pontypridd) plays on the Wing for the Coleg y Cymoedd Nantgarw Football first team.
Alongside the college football academy all three learners play for Cambrian & Clydach Football Club for the firsts and the Youth team with Joshua and Samuel also having been selected for the FAW Academy team.
Sport tutor on the football pathway Al Lewis said: “All the coaching staff are delighted with these honours. They are the product of lots of hard work and great attitude by the boys who have fully committed to the college football programme.”
Winger Samuel Jones said: “Coleg y Cymoedd has given me great opportunities. I really enjoy playing for the team as the standard is high and it’s a fantastic team atmosphere. I was really surprised to be chosen to play for Wales Colleges and Schools in this competition abroad and am really looking forward to the experience.”
The Sports Academy at Coleg y Cymoedd allows learners to split their time between working towards relevant qualifications and improving their skills on the field. The college has also recently launched an Elite Female Football Academy with the Football Association of Wales based at the Ystrad Mynach campus.
Find out about Coleg y Cymoedd sport courses here: www.cymoedd.ac.uk/courses/subject-areas/sport.aspx