St Peter's School
Lower Sixth pupil Bankole Claudius-Cole has been selected for the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) national football squad.
Bankole first trialled for the ISFA team two years ago on the recommendation of Mr White, Head of Business and Economics at St Peter’s School. Despite not being selected for the national squad in 2017, Bankole decided to try again in 2019 and was rewarded for his perseverance.
Following the first round of trials in Bolton in September 2019, Bankole was invited to the final trials in Shrewsbury in November 2019. Over 100 boys were involved in the trials and Bankole was one of just 18 boys selected for the national squad.
Speaking of his recent success, Bankole said: ‘I am really pleased that I decided to try again for the ISFA national squad. I was relieved and excited to pass through the trials in Bolton and felt confident going into the final rounds.
‘Being part of the national squad is a great opportunity to meet other footballers from all over the country. We all train separately, at school and in our own time, but it is amazing when we come together as a team for games and tours throughout the year.’
Although all matches have been postponed as a result of the current lockdown, Bankole continues to practice his football skills at home.
ISFA is affiliated to The Football Association and is recognised by The FA as the body responsible for the development of the game in the independent sector. It aims to create opportunities for children within the sector by organising and encouraging competitions, representative teams and development opportunities.