Students from West Thames College will play in prestigious Regional Cup Final at Griffin Park

 In BTEC Courses, News

Students from West Thames College have reached the Community Education Football Alliance (CEFA) league Regional Cup Final, which will take place on Friday 10 May at Griffin Park.

The national league, which is run by the English Football League, offers young players in a post-16 education pathway the opportunity to play in a highly competitive league amongst other EFL Club representative teams.

The Brentford players secured victory after beating Norwich City during a penalty shootout– scoring all five penalties and Norwich missing one. After beating Portsmouth in the previous round, the players went into the match confident to win.

Kevin Lema, Under 19s Coach for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, said:

“Our boys were extremely confident after beating Norwich City in a league game and having an unbeaten run of six games.

“After conceding two goals, we changed formation and, after constantly pressing, we brought it back to 2-2 with ten minutes left of the game.”

The players take part in our football and education programme with West Thames College, which enables students to study for a BTEC Level 3 sports diploma while enhancing their football skills. Along with a host of experienced coaches, former Brentford Player, Ryan Peters, coaches the students and mentors them on a career path in the sporting world.

So far, ten students have signed professional contracts with teams such as Leeds, Bournemouth, Stevenage and Brentford. Other students have signed semi-professional with clubs such as Maidenhead, CB Hounslow, Hendon or even embarked on 100% scholarships in America.

Show your support for our BTEC students and join them on Friday at Griffin Park for their final – entry is free!

For more information about the Regional Cup Final, please Kevin at or on 020 8326 7030

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