Students from Pool Academy travelled to Germany recently to represent Cornwall in an under 13s tournament.
Ned, Year 8, was selected to represent Cornwall Youth Football Select Under 13s squad. Finley, Year 10, was part of the Under 15s Youth Select squad.
The pair, and the rest of their teams, took part in a two-day competition in Ibbenburen.
The under 13 team did well ending in first place on the first day of the event. On the second day the games proved harder but they fought hard and came away sixth overall.
Rachel, a parent, said: “The Hawks fought hard and came away 6th overall.
“It was a great achievement out of 25 teams.
“Ned enjoyed the opportunity to play other countries and an experience which was fantastic, making new friends for life.”
Ned said: “They play differently to this country. It was really fun. It was a good experience and I would love to do it again. I learnt lots of new skills.”
The Under 15s team came fourth out of 30 teams.
Natalie, a parent, said: “They played well and got through to the semi-finals.”
Ned and Finley had to take part in a number of trials to qualify for the West Cornwall Under 13s squad. He played against 290 others to secure his place as a left wing player.
In the past Ned’s team have played against Plymouth Argyle Under 13s in Yeovil.
Finley recently represented Plymouth Argyle Centre of Excellence in the ME cup in Majorca against teams from Barcelona, Manchester City and Inter Milan.