Former BMet student footballer turns pro

Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet) has congratulated one of its former students for signing a one-year professional contract with Burton Albion FC.

Sam Hornby is goalkeeper for the club’s First team and is looking forward to the start of the new season in August.

Sam, aged 20, said: "Success on this scale is what I've wanted since I first started playing football as a small boy.  I've put so many hours into my training and in competitions, making lots of personal sacrifices.  Now they've paid off.

"It’s probably too soon for me to say how much further I can go from here, although this is a great platform to build on.  I plan on giving this opportunity my absolute best shot and see where it takes me."

Sam completed a BTEC Sports Performance and Excellence qualification at BMet's Sutton Coldfield Campus in 2014.  As part of the college’s Football Academy, he helped the Men’s First team win the West Midlands Colleges Premier League, the West Midlands Under-18 County Cup and win gold at the Association of Colleges (AoC) National Championships.

Nick Heath from the College said: “We’re incredibly proud of Sam's success.  

"As his former coach, I always believed he had the potential to turn professional. It's incredibly rewarding that all his hard work has come together in this way."

Talking about his time at the college, Sam added: “The BMet Men’s First team was one of the best I could ever have hoped to play with.  

"All my time at the college was enjoyable.  I chose to study here purely because of the football programme.

"During last two years, I was playing for Redditch United and also doing some training at Burton Albion.  BMet supported me with this, providing me with a specialised timetable that let me keep up with my college work and training schedule, plus any extra-curricular activity.  There’s no way I’d have been as successful without this help and encouragement."

Neill Hornby, Burton Albion FC's First team coach commented: “Sam is one of four young players signed by the club who deserve this chance to progress.  They are all products of our Academy system and it’s great to have players that have come through the ranks.  Hopefully their previous learning and development will lead to them continuing to become better players in the future."