Former EDC student apprentice Bradley Walker playing for Hartlepool Utd

College Student Called Up To National Training Camp

Sun, 2002-07-21 01:00

An East Durham College student has made his breakthrough into professional football and is now being selected to represent his country.

Bradley Walker, 17, from Billingham has this season broken into the Hartlepool United first team making 15 appearances so far this season.

And after impressing for pools he has been called up to an England under 17s training camp at St.Georges Park at the start of next year.

Hartlepool United manage Colin Cooper has praised Bradley for his performances so far this season and believes this will be a massive boost for him.

Colin said: “It’s another big boost for Brad and a reward for the work he continues to put in.

“Brad is a talented player and it’s great for our Club that we have a player involved in the England junior set-up so we wish him all the best.”

But the midfielder is also making sure he has a future away from the football pitch as he continues his studies at East Durham College.

Bradley attends the College two days a week around his training schedule to study for a Level 3 BTEC in Sport and his lecturer Shaun Nicholson is full of praise for the young star.

Shaun said: “Bradley is a fantastic student and despite breaking into the Hartlepool United team he still wants to make sure he has some qualifications under his belt for the future.

“He always works really hard and is a great character to have around the College.

“All of the sports team are really proud to see Bradley get the opportunities he has received this season, and we are sure he will impress when he travels to St.Georges Park next year.”