Former SGS student, Luke Spokes has signed a 2-year deal with Grimsby Town FC who are currently in the second division.
This is the second SGS Football Academy student within a week to land a professional contact after Kacsper Lopata was signed for Sheffield United.
The 20-year-old from Bristol, started at SGS College in 2016, undertaking A-levels and then Sports Journalism. From this he has grown in both confidence and ability and is now seeing all his hard work pay off.
Luke’s Coach, David Hockaday, explains Luke’s journey:
"Luke was at SGS College for 3 years in total. He played for the ECFA National Team and was my Captain when we won the two National ECFA Trophies in the 2018/19 season. This has never been done before by any other College, so I was extremely proud.
“When I first saw Luke, he was unathletic with little self-belief. He is now the exact opposite; powerful, athletic and truly believes he is good enough to be a professional footballer. He has achieved this by sheer determination, hard work and a desire to be the very best that he can be."
“Luke was a dream to coach, always wanting to listen, learn and improve himself. He became a leader and a warrior, and his set piece delivery is as good as I have ever seen. Put simply, Luke creates and scores goals."
“Luke is yet another product of the SGS Football Academy who has earnt the right to be called a professional footballer. I am so proud of what he has achieved, and I am sure that he has the potential to play at a higher level. Everyone at SGS wishes him all the very best in his new career."
“My time at SGS College was life changing for me. The College has got one of the best facilities in the country to help you develop academically and as a sportsperson. Academically, I always felt I had the support I needed and the way the course was structured helped me to excel in my work and football at the same time.
“My coaches helped me simplify my game and encouraged me to stick to what I’m good at, which has benefitted me when going to professional clubs. The College football team, in the period I was there, won everything that was possible, which shows the capabilities of the coaching staff and the recruitment of players that come into the College programme. I would 100% recommend SGS to anyone trying to pursue a career in football and trying to gain your chosen qualifications.”