Sports student Katie Barker selected for England Colleges squad

Tyne Metropolitan College (TyneMet) sports student Katie Barker has achieved her greatest goal – selection to the England Colleges football squad.

Katie, a striker, netted her place after impressing in two trials and can now expect to play in an international tournament in Barcelona and in games against the home nations.

The 16-year-old, who is from Wallsend and studying Level 3 Sports and Exercise Science, has already scored seven goals in four games for the college’s soccer team this season.

Her form has been enhanced by the fact TyneMet now plays at the English Colleges Football Association Category (ECFA) One level.

Katie, who also plays for Sunderland Ladies Development team, said she was thrilled at her international call-up, adding: “I’m delighted to have earned a place in the England Colleges squad for the upcoming season.

“With the college playing at the ECFA Category One level, it’s allowed me to develop my game to the highest level in college football. The hard work and preparation we’ve put in at TyneMet this season so far has certainly paid off.”

Her success on the national stage means she follows in the footsteps of previous students from TyneMet, including Jack Cooper, who represented England Schools’ last year.

Carl Chater, Head Women’s Football Coach at the North East Sports Academy (NESA), which operates at TyneMet, said: “It’s a huge honour to have a player selected for the England squad. It is a testament to the hard work and commitment that Katie has shown in her first term at the college.”

NESA provides students, whatever their study course, with an unrivalled opportunity to receive coaching from top sports coaches, in a wide range of sports.

These include men and women's football, rugby union and league, men and women's basketball, badminton and martial arts.

TyneMet runs a range of sports course provision for people interested in careers in that varied sector, and operates top-level facilities.

Katie’s two-year Level 3 programme teaches the science behind sport through subjects such as anatomy, physiology and psychology.

Other topics include sports coaching, fitness training and testing, nutrition, biomechanics, exercise for specific groups, sports injuries, and sports massage.

As well as classroom-based learning, students also visit universities, and sports centres, and deliver practical sessions in local schools.

For more information on NESA or any other course at TyneMet, call Student Advisor on 0191 229 5000, or email enquiries@tynemet.ac.uk.