YEAR 10 student Ollie Pleasants is following in the footsteps of pro footballers Frank Lampard, Victor Moses and Will Keane by being picked to play for the Independent Schools Football Association’s (ISFA) national squad.
Following the national trials this summer, Ollie – who plays centre back – has once again been selected to represent the Under 15s team after a successful season with the squad last year, when they won every match against tough competition from rival teams across the country.
The ISFA is affiliated to the Football Association (FA) and provides the most talented players from independent schools in England with an opportunity to play at a standard higher than normal inter-school football, in order to help them develop their skills.
Ben Edmondson, Head of Sport at King’s Ely Senior said: “We are really proud of Ollie’s achievement. We have heard that the ISFA has reduced the number of players selected this year so we are very pleased that Ollie made it through to the new U15 squad.
“On behalf of the school, I wish him all the best for the year ahead.”
Ollie’s first matches for the squad will take place during half term in October against Barnet and the MK Dons. The ISFA team will also compete at the National Football Centre at St George’s Park in December.