Jamie Brooker

Jamie Brooker

A huge well done to our Level 3 Sport student Jamie Brooker who has been named as captain of the England U19 Futsal team.

Jamie, 17, who is part of the Tottenham Hotspur Football Development Programme at New City College’s Epping Forest campus recently travelled to Lithuania with the team, scoring two goals and leading them to a 3-0 win!

Since joining NCC Jamie has excelled on his Sport course. He was selected for the Coaching Excellence Programme with Spurs and has spent time volunteering as a coach at local primary schools.

Jamie said: “The trip to Lithuania to play Futsal was an incredible experience. To be selected as captain, score two goals and win the match was the best feeling.”

A hard-working student, Jamie has taken full advantage of every opportunity he has been offered at New City College.

He said: “I’ve loved every minute of my experience here. The Sport course has helped me to develop my skills and made me a better all-round person.

“Being selected for the Coaching Excellence programme, which is part of the Tottenham Hotspur Football Development centre, has allowed me to work with young footballers at schools. I really enjoy mentoring them and working alongside some of the best coaches at Tottenham. This means I will also get the chance of a job as a coach at Tottenham in the future, which is really exciting.

“The course is great because it is allowing me to develop my skills and to put into practice the theory I’ve learnt in the classroom out on the coaching field.”

Jamie says his love of playing Futsal is complemented by the skills he is learning at college: “I started playing Futsal when I was younger and haven’t stopped! I’d recommend it to everyone – it’s an indoor 5-a-side sport, similar to football, but it’s a lot quicker and is very high intensity.”

Paul Griffiths, the Tottenham Hotspur Football Development Programme Co-ordinator for NCC, said: “Being selected as captain for your country is an amazing achievement and we are extremely proud of Jamie.

“Along with this achievement he has also been selected for the Coaching Excellence Centre where he recently attended a Premier Coaching Day at the Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre and observed some coaching sessions with top coaches.

“He is an excellent, hard-working student and player and fully deserves these opportunities.”

Jamie is aiming to become a football coach or manager once he completes his course at New City College.