West Midland sport students have been selected to compete at international level in football and ice hockey.

Savvas Panayiotou, 17, who plays for Solihull College’s football academy, has
been chosen to play for Cyprus’s under-19 national team. Savvas, who has already represented his country in matches against Poland and Hungary, will start training with the team soon.

Marc Skinner, head of the football academy at the college, said: “We are extremely fortunate and proud to have Savvas playing for Solihull. His ability to change direction at blistering speed is an asset that will frighten any defender and we fully expect him to progress to a high standard.”

Meanwhile, Saffron Allen, 16, competed in the world ice hockey champs in Shanghai, China, and now hopes to get a place in the Team GB Winter Olympics squad.

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