A TEENAGE footballer from Bridlington has flown to Italy this week as part of the England Colleges Under 17 squad.
Winger Jarrod Smalley, who is in Leeds City College Football Academy’s first team, jetted off to Rome on Monday for the prestigious Roma Caput Mundi tournament.
The 17-year-old said: “It feels really good to be representing the College next week. I never expected to get the call but I am over the moon.”
The first year Sport Performance and Excellence student, who is originally from Bridlington but currently lives in Wakefield, was selected out of all the colleges across the country after taking part in a training camp with the squad in Telford last weekend.
He also took part in trials at Bishop Burton College in Beverley.
The Leeds United supporter has been a keen footballer since he was five and played for Bridlington Rangers.
He has also played for Leeds United and York City at youth level.
Footballing talent runs in Smalley’s family – he has a brother, Brandon, who plays for Leeds United’s Academy Under 15s.
Mark Jackson, head of Football at Leeds City College, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Jarrod and reflects the hard work he has put in so far this season.
“He is a pleasure to coach and has a bright future within the Football Academy and college.
“Everyone in the Academy, players and staff are delighted for him and want to wish him all the best with the games in Italy.”
Smalley attended Moorfield and Bay Primary schools in Bridlington before moving to Driffield School.