Five students selected to play sport for Great Britain

7 December 2015

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From L-R: Tomek Bruml, Henry Emmett and Charlie Cooper

Five Brockenhurst College students have been selected to represent Great Britain Colleges, with two footballers and three hockey players making the cut.

Sixteen to seventeen year-olds Harvey Slade, Domenic Panesar-Dower, Henry Emmett, Tomek Bruml and Charlie Cooper all got through national trials to take their places.

Footballers Harvey and Domenic secured their spots alongside 16 other elite young footballers from across the country.

They will now attend a training camp at Manchester City’s training ground before playing two warm-up matches in the UK ahead of an international tournament in Italy.

Head of the Football Academy, Tom Prodomo, said: “I’m really proud to have two Brock students out of the eighteen in the final squad – it’s an excellent achievement.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how they get on and we will support them in any way possible.”


From L-R: Head of the Football Academy Tom Prodomo and Harvey Slade

Meanwhile, Hockey hot-shots Henry, Tomek and Charlie claimed their places for a final 23 man squad, plus 5 reserve spots, at national trials involving 47 hopefuls.

They now look forward to a busy fixture list that includes a host of international matches, plus clashes with top players from the Royal Air Force and university teams.

Clare Hicks, Head of Curriculum for Sport, said: “I am so proud of their achievements.

“As a College, we’re absolutely thrilled that three of our students have been selected for the team.”


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Harvey Slade from Bournemouth currently plays as a midfielder for Christchurch Youth.

The former Ballard School pupil is studying a Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Sport.

Harvey said after his call up: “I’m really pleased and am looking forward to the future – my dream is to play football for a living”.


Domenic Panesar-Dower from Bournemouth currently plays as a midfielder for Poole Town.

The former Bournemouth Collegiate School pupil is studying for AS Geography, Psychology and Physical Education.

Henry Emmett from Salisbury currently plays as a goalkeeper for both Gillingham and Reading.

The first year AS Physical Education, Psychology and Communication and Culture student previously attended Clayesmore independent school at Blandford Forum.

Henry said of his GB call up: “I was in shock when I found out – it didn’t really sink in for a few days.”


 Tomek Bruml from Lymington currently plays as a defender for Havant.

The former King Edward VI pupil is studying for a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sports and Exercise, along with AS Biology.

Tomek’s ambition is to work in sports science.


Charlie Cooper from Ferndown currently plays as a centre forward for Reading.

Having previously attended Queen Elizabeth’s School in Wimborne, Charlie is now working towards his Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sports and Exercise.

Charlie said: “I’m really excited to play at international level – all the hard work has really paid off”.