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26th November 2018

Well done to Sport student Jess Holder on her selection to be part of the 2018/19 English Colleges Football Association (ECFA) national squad.

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Jess (formerly from Joseph Rowntree School) trained with York City RTC (Regional Talent Club) from age 7 to 16, and now plays for the York College Women’s Football Development Centre whilst studying a Level 3 Diploma in Sport.

As part of a two day national training camp, Jess will play in her first national fixture against Independent Schools FA at St George’s Park, followed by a trip to Italy to play in the Roma Caput Mundi tournament next year.

Sport runs in Jess’s family, with her elder sister currently studying the subject at Leeds Beckett University (having also studied sport at York College). Jess says: “When my sister was at College she talked about the ECFA national squad as if it was the ultimate accolade and I used to think that I could aim for that – and now here I am! Being chosen for the national squad is a huge honour and I hope it will bring even more opportunities for me to progress. In the future I want to be the best player I can be and have a career in sport.”

Gaz Lee, Coordinator for the York College Football Development Centre is delighted to see another York College Football Development Centre player selected to play for the ECFA national squad: “Jess is a dedicated player and deserves this opportunity at this stage of her training. She follows in the footsteps of Zoe Belding, Issie Spray, Rosie Todd and Hannah Greenwood in recent years. The selection of Jess to the UK squad continues to validate the Women’s Football Development Centre at York College as one of the region’s best, continuously getting players to fulfil their potential.”


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