Tom Holland is celebrating this week after being offered a two-year scholarship programme with the Premier League champions Man-chester City.

The Menston St Mary’s Year 11 pupil has spent two years working in their academy set up and he will start the programme next summer when he finishes his GCSE’s.

Tom said: “This is a dream come true, I have had some disappoint- ments at other clubs but I was determined to succeed. “I have loved playing with Manchester City over the last two years. School has given me brilliant support and I cannot thank all my teachers enough for all the extra help they have given me”.

David Geldart, assistant headteacher has mentored Tom during his time at Manchester City and is delighted with the news.

“Tom has worked very hard over the past two years. He has had to be very dedicated, determined and organised to fit in all his academic work alongside his football. “Tom fully deserves this wonder- ful opportunity.”

Tom joins a small army of St. Mary’s students who are making their way in the professional game: Aidan White (Leeds United), Luke Hendrie (Manchester United), Niall Heaton (Liverpool), Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United), Tom Taiwo (Hibernian), Jordan Sinnott (Huddersfield Town) and Jordan Hendrie (Bolton Wanderers).