AMRIT Chatha admits it is a dream come true after being drafted into Great Britain’s junior American football team.
The 16-year-old from Courthouse Green impressed in national trials and will now be part of the squad that takes part in two friendlies – away to Belgium before a home tie against France – next summer.
Speaking on his pride at receiving recognition on the international stage, the Tamworth Phoenix player said: “I’ve been hooked on American football ever since I tried it at secondary school in year nine, so it’s a dream come true to be given the chance to represent my country and show elite coaches what I can do.
“My ultimate aim is to play in the NFL, so to be recognised by Great Britain so early on has given me great encouragement.
“Studying at Coventry College has created a win-win situation for me, as I am able to train with their rugby team in a professional environment to improve my strength and conditioning and my approach to nutrition and recovery.
“But at the same time I’m able to continue with my studies for a career in the gaming industry so I have a plan B.”
The head of the College’s Rugby Education Programme, Pete Glackin, added: “Amrit has every chance of forging a career in American football and we’re proud to be helping him to lay the foundations for this.
“It’s fantastic to offer such support at Coventry College, we have a wide range of students who are competing at elite levels in their chosen sport as well as studying full-time.”