The men’s football programme at the College of West Anglia will be looking to book a place in the U18 England Schools FA National Cup final when they host Myerscough College (Preston) on Wednesday at 2pm.
The team, known as CWA Elite Football Programme, have already eliminated sides from Norfolk, Cambridge, Essex, London and Lincoln and are looking forward to testing themselves against one of the most successful colleges in England for men’s football.
The last time the Lynn-based College tasted national cup success was back in 1987 when they made it to the final but lost 3-1 to Blue Coat College (Merseyside).
The CWA EFP are having plenty of success in terms of league and cup progression as well as players representing at the highest level in most recent years.
They currently boast 38 players registered on the football programme and compete with two teams in the Association of Colleges League, the highest placed side playing in the category 2 league.
Players regularly join from the local King’s Lynn Elite football programme and then move into senior teams within the area whilst training and playing weekly with the CWA programme.
Head coach Dan Buhlemann is relishing the opportunity.
He said: “For the last couple of seasons we have made great progress.
“We obviously have a cycle of players coming in and out during their two-to-three years at the college but the two teams have been showing up well in their regular U19 fixtures.
“Players have made progress on their game both with CWA and their clubs and it’s been great to see.
“The ESFA Cup gives us the opportunity to play teams we don’t regularly play and in the last two seasons we have been knocked out by teams that either went on to win it or make the final.
“This year we are one game away from getting there ourselves and hosting one of the best category 1 teams in the country. All the boys will be up for it.”