Lan­cashire call up for Charley

Rossendale Free Press - - Sport -

FOOT­BALLER Charley Leech is an­other step closer his goal after land­ing a place with Lan­cashire U16s.

The 16-year-old from Whit­worth has played for Rochdale since he was eight and is hop­ing to se­cure an ap­pren­tice­ship with the club be­fore he fin­ishes his GCSEs at Whit­worth Com­mu­nity High School.

His dream is to be­come a pro­fes­sional foot­baller.

Charley said: “I cap­tained the Rossendale Town Team that won the Lan­cashire Schools Un­der 15s Cup for the first time in 20 years in June.

“As a re­sult of that win, I was in­vited to trial for Lan­cashire U16s. At the first trial there were 150 play­ers and from those they picked 50, then 30 and fi­nally 15 to play for the team and I was one of the lucky ones.”

A cou­ple of friendly matches were played and Charley played in the match against Bury U16s when the team won 2-1.

The cen­tre back was then picked to play for the team in a league com­pe­ti­tion against West Lancs and Lan­cashire won 3-2.

His next match is a cup game away at Durham.

He said: “It is bril­liant be­ing picked for the team. It is the first time that a stu­dent from Whit­worth has played for the County team in a long time.”

Charley Leech

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