Coleg y Cymoedd player Joseph Evans will be playing on the international field after being selected to represent Welsh Colleges in Italy.
The talented footballer will be travelling to Rome next week to compete in the Roma Caput Mundi Tournament alongside players from across Wales.
17 year old Joseph from Pontypridd who studies BTEC Level 3 Sport was one of only 15 Welsh college players selected to participate in the invite only competition involving international teams from across Europe.
The Welsh Colleges U18â€™s team will play three pool matches over the week against Malta, Italy and Albania in an attempt to reach the final. Whilst in Italy the players will also have the opportunity to partake in cultural visits in Rome.
Joseph said: â€œI was really surprised to be chosen to play for Welsh colleges in this competition abroad and am really looking forward to going to Italy for the first time.â€
Sports tutor and Football Co-ordinator Tutor Phillip Thomas said: â€œJoseph has enjoyed an exceptional year in his football career and is always improving. He is also an enthusiastic student off the pitch and we are delighted and proud that he has been chosen to have this experience.â€
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 recently launched an Elite Female Football Academy with the Football Association of Wales based at the Ystrad Mynach campus.
Coleg y Cymoedd also offers pathways in rugby and hosts the Cardiff Blues (North) Academy. BTEC Sports students may have the opportunity to train alongside Cardiff Blues players and receive coaching from the Bluesâ€™ coaches. Find out about Coleg y Cymoedd sport courses here: www.cymoedd.ac.uk/courses/subject-areas/sport.aspx
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