Ryan of the Rovers! Student signs for top football academy

By Jill Dando News

A Somerset student has been signed up for a top football Academy.

Goalscoring Ryan Crawford of The King Alfred School Academy in Highbridge, Somerset is delighted after his call up for Bristol Rovers in the football league.

He has been making excellent progress at school and also for local leagues for many years.

His Head of Year Ivor Brittan said: “We are incredibly proud of his signing to Bristol Rovers and obviously wish him all the success in this fantastic dream opportunity.”

Earlier this year the academy unveiled a 40-foot giant photographic inspirational tribute to sporting greats to further inspire current students.

They invited back two of its former students to unveil the wall – one of them, Bradley Ash, also made the leap to the football league.

Kate Clough, Head of PE, said: “As a Department we know how hard Ryan has had to work to get to this position. He has demonstrated great resilience and determination which will stand him in good stead – we are incredibly proud.”

Principal Dan Milford, who was once a professional footballer, said “this is a tremendous achievement by Ryan. With dedication, enthusiasm and persistence he has a great career in the game.”

The academy collage is made up of world-beating sporting giants alongside many motivational quotes. 

The academy is part of The Priory Learning Trust.