Bridlington’s Louis Beckett is hitting the right notes with his football career, but he also has his eyes on the pop charts.
As well as travelling to Belgium to play with Hull City Academy, the former Burlington Jackdaws player was chosen to sing on a track which is one of the front-runners for the prestigious Christmas number one spot.
The activities on and off the pitch were part of football’s efforts to commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One.
Beckett was part of the Tigers squad which competed against all of the other Premier League’s under 12s teams at the Christmas Truce National Tournament in Ypres.
The qualifying stages of the annual competition are usually held in the UK, but this year games were played in Belgium, to mark the opening of a new 3G pitch.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said:“You can build a statue or a memorial but we thought we would do something extra special and leave a living statue, which is a marvellous modern pitch that we have donated to the city and the community of Ypres.
The three-day competition decided which two English teams would compete in the international tournament, against clubs from Germany, France, Belgium, Austria and Scotland.
Beckett and his team-mates spent one day competing on the pitch and the other taking part in various educational and historical events and visits.
Back in Britain, Beckett and fellow Academy player Owen Vincent were chosen to represent the Tigers in a backing choir for The Peace Collective.
Sixty U12 footballers, 38 from Premier League clubs and 22 from German sides, travelled to Liverpool for a weekend to record the song and will appear in the video in their club shirts.
They also trained at both Liverpool and Everton’s academies, and met Everton manager Roberto Martinez.
The Peace Collective’s song, a new version of The Farm’s hit All Together, is released on Monday and profits go to the British Red Cross and the Shorncliffe Trust.
Peter Hooton, lead singer of The Farm, said: “I wrote All Together Now about the extraordinary events on Christmas Day 1914 when British and German troops took part in an unofficial truce, singing Christmas carols, exchanging gifts and even playing football.”