OP selected for National Football Squad

St Peter's School

OP selected for National Football Squad

Will Huffer

It is great to get an update from any of our Old Peterites, and having the opportunity to speak with Will Huffer, goalkeeper for Leeds United U23’s who has recently been selected for England U20’s, was no exception. Starting early, Will was first spotted by Leeds United scouts aged just 8 years old.

Will started at St Peter’s in 2012, with football already a huge part of his life.  “I couldn’t have played without the support of the School, they were great all the way through,” said Will, explaining how he balanced School and football. “The teachers were understanding and gave me the chance to catch up on work so I didn’t miss anything. Luckily I didn’t have to do Saturday School! But, of course, I always made up for it with extra work.”

Will left St Peter’s School in 2015, two years before his peers, in order to play for Leeds United full time, where he is delighted to still be today. “It feels great to still be at Leeds. Only one other colleague has played all the way through. I am just happy to be doing something I love.”

Currently living in York and commuting to Leeds each day for training, Will says his life is made easier by still being in touch with friends - including Old Peterites - locally, “It’s great to catch up and switch off; it makes a nice change as they don’t ask about ‘work’.”

As an Old Peterite, Will is delighted to be able to come back to School whenever he can. “I really enjoyed playing the Retiring Captain’s cricket match. I have to be careful as I can’t play rugby, but it’s great being able to come back and watch on OP Day instead. It always feels good coming back and I enjoy coming to these events and catching up with friends too.” 

Will has donated his England U17 shirt from 2014 to the School, which we are delighted to have on display in the Monkey Cage - a great testament to what can be achieved for combining a commitment to both sport and education.

We are delighted with what Will has achieved and look forward to following his progress and future career closely. Well done Will!