Cambridge Regional College continue sporting success with Eastern County Football Association league title win

Football students from Cambridge Regional College (CRC) have enjoyed outstanding success all season and have now been crowned the Eastern County Football Association (ECFA) 2a league champions.

Playing against a good Peterborough side, who could also have won the league had they been victorious, CRC went ahead thanks to a well-placed header from captain Sol Goodby. A nervy ending was in store after CRC conceded with 20 minutes remaining, but the team held out for a 1-1 draw and earned the all-important point that confirmed their status as champions.

The league title victory comes hot on the heels of success in the Dubai Super Cup tournament, held at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai, which saw 11 countries competing in a series of matches over four days. The team from Cambridge Regional College ultimately bringing home the Challenge Cup.

The students are part of the Cambridge United F.C. Shadow Scholarship scheme run by the College for boys aged 16-19.  The scheme offers talented footballers the chance to receive both regular professional coaching from UEFA level coaches, and a first-class education to open further opportunities such as university. Running for six years, the scheme has already proved successful, with a record number of students going on to university and higher education. It has also provided opportunities for students to coach within the Cambridge United youth development system at Soccer Centres, Soccer Schools, Regional Development Centres and even at Shadow Academy level.

Of the current crop of successful players, Sonny Sturgess and Tom Newman will be joining Cambridge United as coaches this summer. Three players have earned places at university, Zackie Doumou joins Southampton Solent University to learn Football Studies, Oliver Froud will study Forensic Science at ARU and Julian Lomas will attend Lincoln University to study Criminology.

Two players will even be jetting off to the USA, Harry Williams and Michael Forde have both achieved football scholarships at American schools and will be travelling state-side to make a name for themselves at Georgie Military Tech and Harcum University in Philadelphia respectively. Six former Shadow Scholars are already currently playing in America on scholarships, the biggest success stories probably being Harry Darling and Tom Knowles who, after both having started with the Shadow Scholars, were given full scholarships and have since gone on to make first team appearances for Cambridge United.

Tom Hall, Cambridge Regional College Lecturer in Sport and Uniformed Services says, “The rewards these players are getting is reflective of the hard-work they have all put in to this team. They have only lost 2 games this season and have played some exceptional football along the way. Everybody at Cambridge Regional College is extremely proud of what they have achieved, and we cannot wait to see the success these players go on to experience from here”. 

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