Student qualifies for England junior pool team

Michael, who has just qualified for the English Pool Team, with dad and coach Trevor.
Michael, who has just qualified for the English Pool Team, with dad and coach Trevor.

A former Garstang Community Academy student is celebrating after qualifying for the England Junior Pool Team.

Michael Chippendale, 16, from Great Eccleston, plays for Lancashire Youth Team, and has ended the season joint 1st in the region which consists of Lancashire, Merseyside and West Yorkshire, enabling him to qualify for the England Trials, which took place in Leicester.

The top ranked 64 players from across the country took place with only eight places up for grabs. Michael played excellently throughout the first day of play, and won five out of six of his matches in his group stage. He then went on to win his next match the following day to secure his place in England a huge achievement, especially when this is Michaels first attempt at trialling.

He will now join a team who are current World Champions. Michael, who attends Preston College has also been named as joint Vice-Captain for the coming season for his county team.

The sport enthusiast, who is trained by his dad Trevor, also plays for Lancashire in the seniors team and now faces the prospect of travelling even further afield across the country or even abroad and with that in mind is looking for sponsors to make his dream a reality. To sponsor Michael email lorrainechippendale@Hotmail.co.uk