THE future looks bright for a top young footballer from Hemel Hempstead.
Cavendish School pupil Harry Winks has celebrated completing GCSEs by starting an apprenticeship at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and earning a national call-up.
Harry finished his final exam to the news that he had been selected for the England U17 squad for the Nordic Tournament in the Faroe Islands in August.
Harry said “I am nervous about representing my country but it has been a long term goal to play for England and I am looking forward to meeting up with the squad at the end of July, collecting my kit and starting my international career.”
England have been drawn in Group A alongside the Faroe Islands, Finland and Norway.
Harry has been part of Tottenham’s academy since he started at Cavendish in 2007, and he has managed to juggle a strict training regime alongside his studies.
Mr Woodard, curriculum leader for PE at Cavendish, said: “Harry has been a model student at Cavendish, he seems to take everything in his stride and I enjoy listening to his weekly updates.
“He is very level-headed and has always seen the importance of completing his school work and staying on track.
“We as a school are very proud of Harry’s achievements.
“His international call-up is fantastic news for Harry and his family, who are totally committed to supporting him in achieving all his ambitions.”
Harry’s talents have been recognised all over the continent – he received the Midfielder of the Tournament Award when on tour in Latvia and was voted player of the tournament in Spain when he came up against European giants Barcelona and Zenit St Petersburg.
Mick Tizard, assistant headteacher at Cavendish said: “We are looking forward to seeing Harry when he comes back into school to see us in September.
“It is great for the school to have a role model that our students can aspire to, we wish him all the best over the coming months and beyond at Tottenham.”
Harry is now based in Enfield and trains full time every day.
He comes back to Hemel at weekends to get some rest and spend valuable time with friends and family.
Harry added: “Pre-season has been hard so far but luckily the second year apprentices warn us of what we have in store with regards to the fitness tests.”