College Student Through To Second Round Of Trials
Mon, 29/10/2001 - 00:00
East Durham College student Adam Smith has been selected for the second round of the prestigious British Colleges Sport football trials.
After impressing at the first phase trial, Adam, 17 from Chester-le-Street, has been selected to represent the North as part of phase two of the trials. These will see him take part in a series of games for the side at Bishop Burton College, near Beverley, on November 7.
If Adam impresses the observing coaches at Bishop Burton he could then be selected for phase three, which will see him compete at the National Trials at Coventry City training ground in December.
And Adam, who is studying Sports Studies and plays for the College’s Scholarship team, is ecstatic at being selected for the next round of trials and hopes he will be able to put in a good performance to advance to the next stage.
Adam said: “It is a great achievement to get through the first round of BCS trials. It was a great opportunity and I am glad that I impressed.
“Hopefully in the next phase I will be able to go to Bishop Burton and put in another good performance and hopefully progress further on to the third phase of trials.”
Adam praised the staff at East Durham College for their coaching and support throughout his time at the College, and believes they were a big help in getting him to advance into the second round of the trials.
“The coaching at the College has been fantastic and has really helped me improve as a player.
“I hope that with the help of the College coaching staff I will be able to continue to improve and be able to continue to perform well at the upcoming trials to repay the support I have been shown by the College,” added Adam.
And head football coach Ian McGuckin, is happy with Adam’s level of performance which sees him into the next round and hails his coach for aiding in Adam’s development. But Ian also knows that Adam will have to continue this high performance level if he is to continue further in the BCS trials.
“Adam has done very well to make it through to the next stage of the trials as the standard on the first trial day was excellent.
“Adam’s performance was fantastic but he will once again have to be at the top of his game at Bishop Burton if he wants to progress on to the latter stages of the BCS trials.
“Adam is a very talented player but credit must also go to his coach Chris Swailes who has coached him since he first started at the College and has helped him develop into the player he is today.”
British Colleges Sport is the organisation at the forefront of the development of football in Further Education.