Sport - Football: Stocker stars on international scene

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Lynn’s College of West Anglia has an international footballer in its midst.

Teenager striker Shaun Stocker, who is currently studying sport at the college was recently selected for the England Colleges under 17 squad.

The youngster, who plays for King’s Lynn Town Reserves and who has already had trials with both Peterborough and Watford this season, took part in training camps at Telford and St Georges Park, as well as just returning from an international tournament in Italy.

Stocker, who featured against Romania, San Marino and Lazio in Rome, said; “It was an experience of a lifetime and the standard of football was the best I’ve ever played in.”

The talented Stocker is currently part of the college’s Elite Football Programme and is a product of the extremely-successful Lynn Community Football scheme.

Dan Buhlemann, Lynn Community Football officer and head of CWA men’s football, said: “I’m really pleased for Shaun. He has been in the Elite Football Programme since the age of nine, and this year his hard work is paying off.

“He has had interest from Peterborough United this year and has been a regular Norfolk county representative for a number of seasons.

“This season he has stepped up to prove he is one of the best in the country for his age that probably isn’t involved with a professional club.

“I was fortunate enough to attend all but the final trial with Shaun before his selection and the standard was very high.

“There where boys there who are currently representing first teams at conference level and he showed that he can mix it with them.

“As a result he is now going to have an experience that will stay with him forever, and we are very proud.”

Stocker was supported with a very generous donation of £250 to meet the costs of the programme by Matt Lane, from Lane Motors, which enabled him to participate.

Tommy Goode, programme manager for sport at CoWA said; “We are very proud of what Shaun has achieved.

“He has worked very hard, both academically and on his football, this year and I am delighted that he was selected to represent his country.”