Congratulations to Ben Grant and his teammates at the University of Virginia (UVA) on their success this year.
Ben, a former Bishop Laney VI student, left the Norwich City FC RDP programme to join the UVA football team in the USA in 2018. This season UVA are now ranked #1 nationally with a 17-1-1 record.
They were crowned regular season champions in the Coastal division of the highly competitive Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and also went on to win the ACC Championship outright on Sunday in North Carolina by defeating the previously #1 ranked Clemson University.
The team now goes on to compete for the collegiate national title after earning a first-round bye in the NCAA Division I championship, also known as the College Cup.
Play begins this week and Virginia will vie for their 8th national title since 1989, which would move them up to second place in all time most successful football programmes in the USA.