A 17-year-old Coleg Llandrillo sports student who was recently picked for the national college's football team, is preparing to jet out to Rome, where he will play in a tournament against some of Europe's national football teams!
Luke Wilmot from Kinmel Bay, who is on the verge of breaking into Welsh Premier League side Rhyl's first team, was recently capped for the Welsh College's Under-18s football team in a match against the Australia Schools Under-19s team. During an extremely busy week, Luke was also picked to play for the college team for the fixture against Welsh Premier League outfit Cardiff Metropolitan.
Luke, who is studying Sports Coaching Development and Fitness at the college's football academy, experienced mixed fortunes in his first two games for Wales: losing to Australia, but beating Cardiff Metropolitan. Both games ended in a 4-1 scoreline.
The ex-Rhyl High School pupil is now gearing up to fly out to Italy next month to play in the annual international Roma Caput Mundi football tournament, where the 18-man Welsh College's football squad will take on the national footballing sides of Italy, Romania, Greece and Albania, as well as the Serie A side Lazio.
The tournament's opening ceremony takes place on Friday, March 30, and the competition finishes on Monday, April 2. It takes place in a sports centre named 'La Broghesiana' - with eight football fields comprising of natural and synthetic grass. The complex is used by the Italian national team.
David Webb, Coleg Llandrillo's programme manager for Sports and Public Services, said:
We are delighted that Academi Llandrillo has produced another player who has had the privilege of representing their country. The international tournament in Italy is a highlight of the year for Welsh colleges' top players. Luke has applied himself really well in the recent games and training camps, whilst still maintaining the high standards demanded of him in his academic work.
The Welsh Colleges' squad (college of player in brackets) is: Karter Cutler-Evans (Cambria); Taylor Evans (Gower); Ben Fawcett (Pembrokeshire); Latten Garrett (CAVC); Conor Harwood (Cambria); Harri Hughes (Menai); Osian Jones (Menai); Evan Lloyd (Cymoedd); Harri Lucas-Jones (Cambria); Joe Mellars (Bridgend), Connor Phelan (Bridgend); Keane Royall (Gwent); Sam Snaith (Bridgend); Ben Vanstone (Bridgend); Jackson White (Sir Gar); Luke Wilmot (Llandrillo); Jack Wilson (Pembrokeshire) and Jay Wooford (Cymoedd).
For more information on Sports courses, or places in the college's rugby, football or netball academies at Coleg Llandrillo, call the college's Learner Services team on 01492 542 338. Coleg Llandrillo is part of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.