A talented Sandwell College student is on top form after training with the West Bromwich Albion Under 23 squad.

Nathaniel Graham, aged just 16, has been on trial with Albion’s U18 Academy and has also trained with the U23 squad at the first team training ground.

The former Perry Beeches School pupil is a first year student on the West Bromwich Albion Foundation Men’s Elite Football Academy Under 19 Football Education Programme at the college.

Students on the elite programme play in a WBA shadow academy squad and compete in the National Football Youth League against other professional clubs.

They are all working towards their BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport qualification.

West Bromwich Albion’s Under 23 squad
West Bromwich Albion’s Under 23 squad

Nathaniel said he owed so much to the college for giving him the opportunity to play at that level and progress as a player.

He said: “I would like to thank all WBA elite team coaches and Sandwell College teaching staff who have helped me develop as a player in a short amount of time.

“This opportunity only came about because of the course I am on at Sandwell College in partnership with The Albion Foundation.

“We get to use all of these amazing facilities at West Bromwich Albion such as the academy training dome and our lessons in the media suite.”

Lecturer Neil Parker added: “This is such a fantastic experience and opportunity for Nathaniel.”

For more information on the elite programme visit www.sandwell.ac.uk or visit one of the next open events on January 9 and 13.