Portsmouth College student secures position for England Under 18
As well as studying a BTEC in Sport Performance and Excellence, Jordan N’Galo will now also be tackling Australia as the new member of the England Schools’ National Under 18 Football Team.
Shortly after starting his BTEC in Sport Performance and Excellence at Portsmouth College, Jordan N’Galo was told by the College’s coaches that he had been invited to Hampshire Schools’ Football Team trials.
The 17-year-old showed such skill and determination at the trials that the Hampshire Team Manager, Luke Hampton, and Jordan’s college coaches put him forward for national trials in the Autumn - the former St Edmund’s School pupil had begun his journey towards national level football.
“I was so shocked to hear about the England trial”, said Jordan. “I’d only just finished the Hampshire trials when I was told about the national ones. I decided to hold back telling my family as I wasn’t expecting to make it this far but when it came to the final trial I opened up – mainly because I needed a lift.”
Jordan accompanied 31 other hopefuls to the trials, all of whom were hoping to make it in to the top 16 places in the national team. He returned home from the trial and awaited news from the managers while continuing his studies at college.
A few days later he got a phone call from his mum – a letter from the England team had arrived.
“My mum was telling me to come home but I needed to finish what I was doing so I told her to open the letter – I wish I hadn’t. I heard her tear open the envelope and then she let off this almighty scream.”
Jordan had secured a position in the top 16, playing in his preferred position as a Centre Back.
Dan Sackman, Head Coach of the Portsmouth College Football Academy Second Team, said: “I and all the staff involved with the Football Academy are extremely proud of Jordan’s achievements. He has shown outstanding work ethic and commitment to learning over the last 18 months and it’s great to see him being recognised for this – especially at international level.
“His modest and focused approach to both football and his studies is a great example to anyone who wishes to make a success out of their time at Portsmouth College. Jordan is an absolute credit to himself, his family, the Academy and Portsmouth as a city. We can’t wait to see where his path leads.”
Jordan is now preparing for his biggest challenge so far. He will join his national team mates and take on Australia at Lilleshall in a just a few days.
“I am so nervous and excited. My parents are hoping to come and so is Dan Sackman from college. It’s great being part of the Portsmouth College Football Academy team; my team mates and coaches have pushed me and supported me both on and off the pitch. It’s thanks to all of them that my passion and love for the game has grown and that I've got a place in the national team.”