HEART of Worcestershire College (HoW College) sport student Jon Williams is set to showcase his skills this month as he joins his American football team-mates representing Great Britain in a number of international tournaments.
Williams, who currently competes as a wide receiver for the Great Britain American football team, started playing the sport from a young age after joining an after-school club where his coach encouraged him to continue due to his ‘blazing speed’.
Williams is a self-funding athlete and since qualifying has been tirelessly fund-raising to cover the costs of equipment. Following a generous donation of £250 from HoW College, he is one step closer to his ambitious target.
Talking about his decision to study at HoW College, Williams said: “I initially came to see the college on one of the open days. I was really impressed when I saw the equipment and facilities that it had to offer.
“Since joining, the tutors have been really supportive, not only with my studies but my American football too.”
Williams already has an impressive career in American football, playing for teams such as the British Blades, for whom he was named Most Outstanding Offensive Player, Birmingham Lions and the British Lions U19.
Talking about his dedication to the sport, Williams’ American football coach Rodger Smithers said: “Jon is a good athlete who could play any skill position as he reads the game remarkably well. He is known for his sportsmanship which is outstanding given that American football is such an intense, physical sport.