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Luke off to Italy thanks to his team mates

08 February 2018

Goalkeeper Luke Wilmot, who has played for Rhyl FC at Reserve and Youth level this season is looking forward to representing his country over the coming weeks.

Luke, a former Rhyl High School pupil has been selected to represent the Welsh Colleges FA in the prestigious Roma Caput Mundi tournament which will start at the end of March. Luke has also been selected for the forthcoming friendly to be played on Thursday 15th February at Cefn Druids when Wales Schools FA Under 18’s host Ireland.

The tournament which is organised by the Italian Football Federation in partnership with their Lazio regional committee, is by invitation only for national associations. The competition is specifically for players aged under-18 who are outside of professional club academies and the competition is recognised for its quality and organisation with many scouts from professional clubs across Europe in attendance.

The players at Rhyl FC have agreed to sponsor Luke, who currently studies at Coleg Llandrillo, to assist the Welsh Colleges FA meet the costs of participating in this tournament. The players upon hearing of the need to raise sponsorship for Luke, who has been part of the 1st team squad this season as he gains experience, were keen to raise the funds to meet the costs. Defender Tony Davies, commented that “once the lads found out about this great opportunity for Luke to represent his country in Italy as a group of players we all agreed to chip in to meet the costs to ensure he was able to join up with the rest of the squad. For youngsters like Luke this is a tremendous opportunity and one that can only help him move forward and help him develop further.”

Luke Wilmot was delighted with the response from Tony and his team mates for their help with the trip and support so far this year, ”I can’t thank the boys enough for what they’ve done not just the sponsorship but so far over the season. Being in and around the 1st team players has taught me so much about getting to the next level, I’ve learnt a little bit off every player in the squad this year which I can take on board and will help me. To be able to represent your country is a massive thing at any level so to be chosen for it means a lot to me. I’m hoping to make the experience a regular thing and do myself and the club proud.”

Pictured Luke Wilmot with Tony Davies