Men's Football Academy student represents England

Jack Cooper, who is studying on the Football Excellence Programme at TyneMet College, has been selected to play in the England Schools’ U18 Football Squad.

Central midfielder Jack, who plays for the North East Sports Academy Men’s Football Team, initially attended a Northern trial in October before advancing to the final selection weekend at Lilleshall National Sports Centre between January the 6th and 8th.

Cooper follows in the footsteps of former TyneMet College learners Nelson Ndlovu, Dan Young and John Grey by representing the National side.

And Jack made a phenomenal debut in a 5-2 win over Australia on the 28th of January, netting twice. Later this year he will take part in the Under 18’s Centenary Shield, a competition that includes all of the home nations, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Marc Nash, Head of Men’s Football, TyneMet College said:

“This is a fantastic achievement by Jack who, as a player, is extremely committed to the NESA football programme at TyneMet and he does an excellent job of balancing his playing and studying commitments.

“Earning national team recognition is a huge testiment to Jack’s talent and work ethic, and if he continues to develop over the next few years like he has at TyneMet, I have no doubt he will go far in the game.”

Chris Wall, Deputy Head of NESA:

“International recognition is an outstanding achievement in any sport and this only highlights the hours of dedication that Jack has put in during his time with the NESA Men’s Football academy. Jack is an extremely likeable learner who is popular with staff and students alike and should be very proud of his ability to balance his football and academic commitments”.

“Everyone at the College wishes Jack and the rest of the squad the very best of luck with their upcoming fixtures with the national team, which we will all be following closely”.