Penwortham pupils celebrate after scoring a hat-trick of county call-ups

Posted on - 21st October, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, Penwortham, Schools, South Ribble News, Sport
Jake Bolton, Mason McKay and Jazmin Attwood. Pic: Andy Ford

The Lancashire Under 16 and 14 football teams have welcomed three Penwortham Priory Academy pupils.


Jake Bolton and Mason McKay have been called up to Lancashire for the first time, while Jazmin Attwood has been made the captain of Lancashire Under 16s this season. 

Jake, 15, is a right-back and is not at an academy – believed to be the only player in the Lancashire Under 16 squad who is not at a professional football club. 

Read more: Runners invited to Fylde’s annual Wesham 10k road race this November

Jake said: “Priory put me forward for trials, which were in Blackburn, and I had to miss the second one due to Covid but got an email to say I had made the squad, which I think is 22 players.

“I am very honoured to be selected. I think I am the only player not to be at an academy. My dream is to be picked up by a professional club and be a professional footballer.” 

Mason, 13, is at AFC Fylde Academy and plays for Euxton Villa. The striker has been selected for the Lancashire Under 14s squad. 

Read more: Tributes paid to Preston North End owner Trevor Hemmings

Mason said: “I went for the first trial at Blackburn, and they cut it down to 32 and then a final trial. I made the final 19. 

“I have been at Fylde for a year, and I really enjoy it. I am fast, I have a good shot, and I like scoring goals!” 

Jazmin has been a regular for Lancashire and has played from the Under 14 level. She helped her county win the ESFA Under 16 Girls Inter-County Final against Middlesex in September. 

Read more: UCLan lecturer set new world record at the Powerlifting World Championships in Sweden

The 15-year-old is at Blackburn Rovers and has been made captain of the Under 16 side for this season.

Jazmin said: “The coach took me to one side at our first training session this season and told me – it’s a huge honour. Hopefully, I will be lifting some trophies this season!” 

Mark Bullock, Head of PE and Sport, said: “It’s unbelievable to have three county players in school.

“It’s amazing for Jake to be a non-academy player and get in the squad as well. That’s unusual, and it’s superb for him.”

See what’s happening near you by entering your postcode below or visit InYourArea

Read moreSee the latest Preston news and headlines

Preston in pictures 390_016-18390_016-17390_011-04Preston, Lancashire.StreetPreston, Friargate.Transdev Rosso 79 220319 PrestonStagecoach Merseyside & South Lancs 27272 220319 Preston View more Advertisement Subscribe to the newsletter

Sign up below to receive Blog Preston's weekly newsletter. It wings its way into inboxes every Sunday rounding up our best content from the last week and a look ahead to what's happening.

Advertisement News by location

Find news by location, select an area of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.

Advertisement Categories

Find news by category, select an category of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.