Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Good Evan, Jonny Wins England Call! College Celebrates as Student and Girls' Quintet Prepare to Fly the Flag

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Good Evan, Jonny Wins England Call! College Celebrates as Student and Girls' Quintet Prepare to Fly the Flag

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A NORTH East teenager has kicked off his sporting career in style - by becoming the only footballer in the region to represent England in the national schools and college side.

Gateshead College student Jonny Evans went through a series of intensive trials at the Lilleshall National Sport Centre in Shropshire before being offered a place in the England Schools national squad.

The 18-year-old from Seaham continues the decade-long tradition of Gateshead College Football Academy players who have made the step up to national representative level.

At 17, Evans was released from Hartlepool United and enrolled at the college on the Football Scholarship Programme.

The programme was developed to help launch the football careers of young players formerly with professional clubs.

Since the scholarship started in 2009, it has helped Darren Holden, now a Hartlepool United player, Adam Reach, who plays for Middlesbrough, and Craig Whinham, who has joined Carlisle.

As well as being a prominent member of the Gateshead College football scholarship side, Evans will continue playing for Durham FA and the Durham County Schools Football Association.

He said: "I am thrilled to be selected for the squad.

"I love playing and cannot wait to see what the future holds.

"The college has given me a great opportunity to develop my game.

"I am also studying, so I will gain a recognised qualification when I finish the scholarship."

His Gateshead College teammates voted Evans Players' Player of the Year last season after he scored a number of match-winning goals - including in the England Colleges National Final against York College.

Paul Bryson, men's head football coach at Gateshead College and Gateshead Football Club's reserves coach, rates Evans highly and has used him consistently in Gateshead's second-string side.

He said: "It is a well-deserved accolade for Jonny to be selected for the England Schools squad.

"In many ways, we are not surprised by his progress. …

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