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National call up for Harrogate footballer

Oliver Lloyd from Ashville College

Published at 6:54am 22nd October 2019.

Wales football call up for Ashville student

  • 11-year-old Oliver Lloyd has received a call up for the Wales football squad.
  • The aspiring goalkeeper travel to Wrexham this half term to attend the FAM's National Football Development Centre.
  • The school boy will train with other members of the youth squad for the whole of the 2019/2020 season.

A talented footballer studying at Harrogate’s Ashville College has received his first international call up from the Football Association of Wales.

Oliver Lloyd, 11, will travel to Wrexham this half term to attend the FAW’s National Football Development Centre at the state-of-the-art Colliers Park, where he will train with other members of the principality’s youth squads for the whole of the 2019/2020 season.

Unlike the academy system which is split by school year, international youth teams are selected by year of birth, but in Oliver’s case – who was born in 2008, he has been picked to train alongside boys up to two years older than him.

The aspiring professional goalkeeper from Harrogate started his football training with Pannal Ash Juniors when he was just five. Aged eight, he was talent-spotted by Middlesbrough Football Club.

He has been a member of its Academy for the last three years, where he trains with them three times a week – including day release on Wednesdays - ahead of playing Sunday league games for the club.

Additionally, when Oliver is not with his Middlesbrough teammates, he undergoes a rigorous home fitness regime coupled with a weekly one-to-one coaching session with Ashville parent and former Barnsley goalkeeper, Rudi Coleano.

Between now and the end of the current football season, Oliver will attend eight, two-day camps, at the FAW’s National Football Development Centre, where he will also play in a number of international games. 

Ashville College Headmaster Richard Marshall said:

“This is wonderful news for Oliver, and, on return from our half term break, we look forward to hearing about his experiences at the training camp.

“I can only imagine the hard work that Oliver puts in to be a first-class footballer, balancing an incredible amount of time dedicated to developing his fitness strength and skills on the pitch, whilst at the same time ensuring he keeps on top of his school studies.

“His selection by the Football Association of Wales is the next step on path to him becoming a professional footballer, and we will be following his progression with keen interest.”

For more information about Ashville visit www.ashville.co.uk or call 01423 566358.