AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Luke earns Great Britain Under 19s cap

Princethorpe College's Luke Daniel
Princethorpe College's Luke Daniel

Dream come true as Princethorpe College pupil represents country against Norway

Sixth Former Luke Daniel has made Princethorpe College history by becoming their first pupil to earn an international cap playing American Football for Great Britain.

Pastoral Prefect Luke’s footballing career began just two years ago when he started training with the Etone Jaguars Amercian Football Academy in Nuneaton. After only one season, Luke was selected to train with Great Britain’s development squad. From an initial 100 players he made the cut to a roster of 55 and after a long haul of training days all over the country, Luke was selected to play Right Guard on the Offensive Line for Great Britain U19s in the International Federation of American Football’s European Championships qualifier against Norway.

Saturday, March 30 2019 will be a day that will live long in Luke’s memory, after walking out onto the pitch at the John Charles Stadium in Leeds. He said: “It was a huge honour to put on a Great Britain shirt and represent my country. A real dream come true!”

Sadly, despite all the hard work and huge aspirations, Great Britain lost the game, but the Great Britain development programme continues and Luke is hoping to pull on the team shirt again in the future. For now, it is back to League Football and preparations for the British American Football U19s National Championships in August.