YOUNG footballers at Solihull College are preparing to kick-off their sporting career after earning recognition from local football league clubs – including a Premier League outfit.
Alex Price has trained with Walsall and Luton, Romarlo Barnett with West Bromwich Albion and Walsall and Marvin Johnson with West Brom too.
And, since leaving the college last year striker, Will Grigg has forced his way into the first team shake up at Walsall.
In addition, Alex, together with Solihull College football academy classmates Liam Doyle and Ross Dempster are part of the Solihull Moors first team squad.
The quintet, all aged 18, have been studying the National Diploma in Sport – Football – at Solihull College’s Blossomfield campus. They had previously played Saturday and Sunday league football in the borough.
Their course tutor and mentor, Mickey Moore, said: “All the students have demonstrated an excellent attitude and willingness to listen and learn which complements their football skills.
“It is great testimony to them and to the appeal of the football academy programme here at Solihull College that they have been scouted by some of the leading clubs in the region and across the country.”
Earlier this year Alex, 18, was made captain of Solihull Moors youth team while centre forward Ross was the team’s leading goal scorer in 2007/08. He is once again leading the scoring charts this season.
“The course has given me so much confidence,” said Ross. “I’d love a professional contract, and my dream is to play for Birmingham.”
To showcase the benefits of its Football Academy, Solihull College is hosting two-days of trials on Monday February 16 and Tuesday February 17 from 9.30am to 1pm.
They are only open to school leavers who intend to study at Solihull College.
To register call 0121 678 7000.