Catterick youngster offered place at Leeds United academy

Thomas Randall outside Elland Road Stadium.

A Catterick Garrison youngster has been offered a coveted place at the Leeds United football academy.

Risedale School pupil Thomas Randall, 15, who plays for Catterick Garrison Football Centre, impressed scouts during trials held over the May half-term break.

The year 10 pupil said: “At the trials, I had to complete six 30-minute mini-games to showcase my skills.

“There was a lot of competition but I am over the moon I was successful.

“It has always been a dream for me to play football at a professional level, I have been playing football since the age of three and I feel like I am now going in the right direction for a bright future doing something I love.”

Nicole Randall, Thomas’s proud mum, said she was delighted.

“I’m incredibly proud of Thomas. He’s worked so hard for this opportunity, and it’s fantastic to see his dedication pay off.”

Risedale teacher of PE, Mr Lawson said: “Congratulations Thomas we are extremely proud of you and your dedication to challenge yourself.

“Thomas’ behaviour is exemplary and I admire your big character which is highlighted by turning up to your trial in Preston shorts. Enjoy the experience of being part of an academy and competing every day against your teammates and other teams.

“Good luck with balancing the student-athlete life which I know you will thrive in, especially with the support you have out of school.”

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