Two Chichester College students have been selected to represent England later this month.
Nicole Robinson and Dylan Jelley have both been called up to the England Colleges’ women’s and men’s squads for a forthcoming international football tournament in Italy.
England Colleges will compete in the Roma Caput Mundi, where they will face teams from Spain, Italy and Wales during the five-day competition.
It is a second call-up for Jelley, who plays for Worthing in the BetVictor Premier. He said: “I’m feeling less nervous than last year.
“We did well but we’ll be facing different teams this time so we don’t know what to expect.
“The tournament should be good. It’s intense and it’s hard work as the teams are at a high level, but I’m feeling confident ahead of the competition.”
Goalkeeper Robinson, who is studying sport at the college, said: “I’m looking forward to it. It’s a great feeling to represent your country and this is probably my greatest achievement since playing for the college.
“It should be a very good experience. Last year the England squad won the tournament, so there’s a bit of pressure on us this season but I’m excited to get out there.”
The annual tournament, which brings together some of the best players at Under-19 level, runs from Monday, February 17. The men’s side is coached by Chichester College lecturer Darin Killpartrick.
Executive principal Andrew Green said: “We wish Nicole and Dylan luck ahead of the competition and know they will do the college proud.”