Simmo makes England squad


Congratulations to Aaron Simpson who has made the England Under 18 Schoolboy squad.



After a rigorous trial process over the course of the last five months, Aaron found out he had made the squad yesterday (Tuesday) evening.


Simmo made the squad after the final trial which took place last weekend at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre. The trial included fixtures against the RAF and the Navy.


The news means it is two SEFA Scholars in two years after Josh Woolley made the national team last year.


Aaron will follow in Josh’s footsteps in taking part in the Centenary Shield, playing Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland at venues across the home nations.


Lee Spiller, who has coached Aaron daily, said: “Simmo has worked tirelessly on all attributes of his game both technically and physically.


“Both my self and Andy Hessenthaler have paid special attention to Aaron’s mentality and his improvement on this front has been noticeable.


“As with all our young players we give Aaron the freedom to express himself but guide and develop


“He always wants to train and regularly stays afterwards to work on areas of his game that we feel he can improve. This attitude, his desire to win and natural talent will see him make massive strides going forward.


Aaron added: “I was over the moon when I heard the news as it was a long process and to finally open the letter with the good news inside was a dream come true.


“I had to wait all day to find out as I had school then training, but when I got home all the family was round and that’s when I opened up the letter to find the good news!”


Aaron also took time to reflect on how the SEFA Scholarship has helped him achieve his goals: “The Scholarship has been great for me. Training everyday has helped me develop a lot as a player and without the help of Hess and Spills, with their experience, I don’t think I’d be where I am today.


“Whilst I’m with the England squad I just really what to play as many matches as I can and hopefully help the team to win the Centenary Shield, but the main thing is to just enjoy the whole experience and make the most of it all.”

Want to follow in Simmo’s footsteps? There is still time to apply for the SEFA Scholarship and to attend our Scholarship Showcase! Click here to find out more.