Sheppey College is on track to win a county-wide football league just seven months after forming a team.
The inter-college league title is within reach after they thrashed East Kent College 32-1 on Wednesday (March 1.)
They now have to beat Crowborough FC at home to set up a thrilling decider with league leaders, North Kent College.
Sheppey’s side has gone from strength to strength after initiatives such as a ten-week coaching programme with league one Gillingham FC and free tickets to matches.
The student team started last September with six players and has now grown to 30 members, who all compete for places. They play their matches at Sheppey United’s first-class pitch and the team are gearing up for a true celebration there if they can bring the title home.
The College’s Head of Construction & ICT, Kurt Salter, is the squad’s manager. He’s been impressed by the level of skill and progression the players have displayed.
He said: “We have some very talented players and engaging through sport has proved successful. Their maths and English skills have improved and attendance is up 20 per cent as all members of the team need to attend their lessons to be able to play.
“It’s fantastic they get to use decent facilities and it is a unique opportunity for the students to enjoy first-class coaching and attend matches for free. They work really well as a team and prefer playing for the college rather than their Sunday league teams as they say the sides are passionate about playing and winning”
Jordan Lissing studies Level 1 Multi Trades at Sheppey College, while also enjoying the student enrichment opportunities the new squad affords him.
He said: “It gets me out and it’s a great team - I either play up front or in midfield. It’s competitive so I work hard to make the squad.”
The 17-year-old wants to run his own business one day and says regular football has also improved his concentration.