Adam Crowther to play for England U18

Adam selected for England U18 Schoolboy Football Team

Date published: Tue 9 Jan 2018   Author: HLH   Category: News   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Adam Crowther selected for English Schools FA U17 Team

Year 12 Footballer joins the English Schools National Team


Talented Year 12 Adam Crowther, following a  weekend (which also included his 17th birthday) of challenging and intensive trials, he has been selected to play for the English Schools FA National U17 Football team.

The Year 12 pupil, who plays Centre Back, has had three selection trials since October and last weekend he took part in a three-day selection process in Shropshire.

Adam’s selection comes at the end of a three year period of footballing progress for himself and the School.

Way back in Year 9, staff in the PE department referred Adam to Hertfordshire Schools FA to play for Herts County Schools Football team, which he has been doing for the last three years. Earlier this year, they nominated Adam to go for a trial for the National U17 Team.

His first trial, comprised of 50 boys from the South East and South West – five from each county, From this group a team of 16 was picked to play against the SW of England.

Down to the last 32, Adam went on to the last selection event covering boys from across the whole country.

The three day selection was held in Shropshire and started with an intensive training day. The next day they boys had to play a competitive match against a team of adults drawn from the RAF which was followed by several hours of match analysis and theory techniques held a lecture theatre.

The final day, also Adam’s 17th birthday (The strangest birthday ever Adam says – nobody mentioned it!), was comprised of many matches played in small groups, against each other.

Adam returned home and had a nail-biting few days wait before his name was listed on the English Schools website as having made the team.  

Adam now has to attend a training weekend with the full team later this month, and at February half-term he flies to Valencia for five days of ‘Warm Weather Training’.

The Centenary Cup is the next challenge during March and into April, when the four Home Nations teams will play each other in Luton, York, Cardiff and Belfast to win the title.

Adam then hopes to follow on from this to progress to the U18s next year and hopefully a professional contract when he leaves school after completing his A Levels in Maths, PE and Biology next summer.


Subject Leader for Physical Education, Peter Harris commented “This is the culmination of three years hard work which saw Adam play a pivotal role in the success of the School in the National Cup of 2015. The progress he has continued to have made has now been recognised at a National level which is extremely pleasing for us as a department and as a school. I look forward to going to watch him represent his country.”