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Pair aiming to be the best of British; College football.

TWO students from TyneMet College's Men's Football Development Centre have reached the final phase of British College national trials.

Left-back John Grey and centreforward Dan Young are among the final 33 selected players in the country. The pair were selected for further trials at Lilleshall National Football Centre in December.

They were initially selected for a regional North East team which played fixtures against representative sides from Yorkshire and the north west.

During the trial games both played well, Young managing to grab a goal in the victory over Yorkshire. He was also a constant threat against the North West, having an effort cleared off the line.

Grey played strongly throughout and was one of the best players on the pitch during the victory over Yorkshire, showing his attacking skills as well as defensive prowess.

Both players will now attend a phase three national team selection camp in December where a pool of 22 players for each squad is identified.

Once selected, players follow a similar programme to the England national teams, with structured meet-ups building up towards peak performance in a tournament at the end of the season.

Over the course of the season the players will participate in a series of training camps, together with British-based fixtures.

TyneMet Football Development Centre head coach Neil Baistow said: "This is a remarkable achievement and both players should be really proud of their efforts.

"We are the only college in the north of the country to have two players selected."

Meanwhile, Tyne Met has introduced a new BTEC Level Three Extended Diploma in Sport (Football Performance and Excellence) in partnership with Complete Football in Gosforth.

The course is delivered over two years.

Students will examine the ethics and values in sport, the roles of the professional sportsperson, sports psychology and the principles of coaching.

Within the programme, students will also be working towards their level one coaching qualification and also the FA youth module one in coaching.

The course has been designed so students have the opportunity to train and learn within a professional football environment while learning and working with an experienced workforce to develop specific industry skills.

The TyneMet and Complete Football partnership was formed to create a professional environment for young adults to train as professional footballers while providing opportunities leading to employment in the sports industry.

The course will be delivered at the pounds 3m Complete Football Development Centre located at Gosforth Park.

For more details, call 0191 229 5000 or e-mail

GATESHEAD College Football Academy drew 1-1 with Birmingham City in the Youth Alliance, Michael Sweet with Gateshead's goal.

In BCS League One, Gateshead defeated Darlington QE 8-1 to maintain their position at the top of the league thanks to goals from Luke Procter (3), Lee Maitland, Dan Sreibelt, David Short, Bobby McCrudden and Azziz Abdul.


ON TARGET Michael Sweet TRIAL Dan Young
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 19, 2011
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