College duo impressing on the pitch
Caedmon College Whitby footballers Alex Goldthorpe and Elliot Anderson have enjoyed a stellar 2015/16 season.
Goldthorpe learned recently that he will start as a full-time professional with League Two Carlisle United when he leaves the college this summer, while Anderson has helped North Yorkshire to the National County Cup final.
A former member of Middlesbrough FC’s academy, Goldthorpe was snapped up by United following his release by the Teessiders in Septmeber.
After an impressive first campaign with the Cumbrian outfit he was awarded a professional contract for next season.
“I’m really looking forward to going full-time at Carlisle,” Goldthorpe said.
“It will be a great opportunity and it’s very exciting for me.
“It is definitely my ambition to become a professional footballer.”
Meanwhile, Anderson, a teammate of Goldthorpe in the Caedmon side, will play at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground this weekend in the final of the National County Cup.
Sixteen-year-old Anderson is a member of the North Yorkshire team who will tackle Sussex at the Championship club’s 30,000 capacity home on Saturday.
The central midfielder has been regular starters for the county side who have seen off competition from around the country to reach the tournament’s final.
Anderson, who has spent time with York City and Doncaster Rovers’ academy sides in the past, said he is “excited” at the prospect of playing in the final.
“I’ve really enjoyed the season, we have gone into every game as underdogs and had to play against teams with a lot of academy players in their sides,” he added.
“The best moments were beating Surrey away 3-2 when we were 2-1 down in the last minute and beating Merseyside at Everton’s training ground.
“I’m very much looking forward to the final, I haven’t scored for North Yorkshire yet this season so I would love to get a goal in the final.”
Mike Mastrolonardo, Caedmon’s director of community sport, said the college is delighted with the pair’s achievements.
“We wish Elliot and his county team-mates - who hail from the districts of Harrogate & Craven, Hambleton & Richmond , York/Selby and Scarborough & District - all the best in the final,” he added.
“We are also proud of Alex’s achievements and wish him well at Carlisle.”
Meanwhile, Caedmon College has also been celebrating an historic team treble.
They became the first ever school in Scarborough and District to become district football champions at three different and consecutive age groups in 2016.
The college are champions at Year 9 (under-14), Year 10 (under-15) and Year 11 (under-16) level.
“This is a quite remarkable feat considering the strength and depth of talent that reaches across the area’s 13 secondary schools from Whitby to Filey to Malton and Ampleforth,” Mastrolonardo said.
“I’d like to say a big well done to all the boys.”
The college’s girls under-16s team almost made it a quadruple success, but were narrowly beaten by Ryedale in their district final clash.