Hartpury’s Brock hails ECFA national team experience ahead of new season trials

Trials for the ECFA national football representative sides take place next week, for the first step of what could prove an invaluable experience for numerous college students across the country.

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AoC Sport is delighted to be working with Future Elite Sports (FES), partner and funder of the ECFA Men’s and Women’s National Team programme for the 2016-17 season, as we enter the second year of our two-year partnership agreement.

In previous years our representative sides have included players who have gone on to play for teams in the FA Women’s Super League and the Football League.

One such player is Tyler Brock, who was part of the ECFA national men’s team last season during his first year studying at Hartpury College.

The teenage striker took part in the Roma Caput Mundi tournament, while also playing for the Wales Under-18s Academy side, and speaks highly of his involvement for English Colleges.

“It’s been a really good season for me and representing the English Colleges squad was a huge honour,” he said. “It was a really strong tournament and playing against a high standard of opposition who were up to two years older than me was a great experience, so hopefully I can build on it.”

The striker is coached at Hartpury by Junior Football Manager Paul Tassell, who himself was previously on the books of Oxford United, Wycombe Wanderers and Reading, before his playing career was cut short by a car accident.

But his experiences and thirst for personal development, as well as that of his students, is certainly proving of benefit to Hartpury.

“Success looks like developing individuals into respectful, trusting, hardworking people,” he told Switch the Play.

“Seeing them develop into adults with these qualities ensures they achieve on and off the pitch is what I judge success by.”

And Tassell’s approach ensures he gains the right response from his players.

“We have set standards that are player led,” he added. “The players feel comfortable to express themselves.

“The players drive the standard which on occasion is more powerful than what I can do.”

Brock started at Hartpury College after being released by League Two side Newport County and the Welsh youngster has certainly bought into Tassell’s approach.

“A lot of people told me about how good Hartpury was, for both education and the football side of things, so it made me think that I could reap the benefits of both,” he added.

“The training and the facilities here have helped massively and the standard is really good, so I’ve definitely improved a lot during my time here.”

Trials for this season’s ECFA national representative sides take place in the north, south and midlands throughout next week.

Greg Joslin, Partner at FES said: “We at FES are delighted with our ongoing partnership with AoC Sport. We and are not only extremely pleased with a very successful reformation of the ECFA national team programme, but are even more excited about how the men’s and women’s programme is shaping up for the coming season.

“This past year we have successfully linked over 80 students from within the UK college system to American universities on various scholarships and this wouldn’t be possible without the support from AoC Sport. Through working alongside AoC Sport we are able to offer students even more opportunities once they leave thecCollege system and the resurgence of the national team programme has undoubtedly helped all students involved to develop as players and as people.”

Good luck to all students who have been selected to attend, and for the season ahead.

For more information on how you can connect with Future Elite Sports and invite the team to speak to your students to support their progression, please contact Greg at greg@futureelitesports.com.

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