Two Hounslow college students are balancing their studies with professional football, taking to the pitch for Brentford FC in the championship.

Jan Zamburek, 18, made history as one of the youngest players to play for the club after signing from Czech side Slavia Prague.

His team mate Jason Evans, 17, has been shortlisted for the Community Education Football Alliance (CEFA) Player of the Season award by the Football League.

The youngster, who is part of Brentford FC's football BTEC programme with West Thames College, was recognised for his footballing talent in the newly formed league.

All courses provided by West Thames College ensure students have English and Maths skills to help them pursue careers beyond sport when they finish.

When asked about what it was like to step out for the first team, Jan said: “I was so excited and also a little bit nervous.

"The Stadium was almost full so the atmosphere was really nice.

"When I stepped on to the pitch I started to feel like in a normal game and also teammates helped me a lot, so it was much easier for me.”

As part of the West Thames College Brentford FC Elite programme - so far, ten students have signed professional contacts with teams such as Leeds, Bournemouth, Stevenage and Brentford.

Other students have signed semi-professional with clubs such as Maidenhead, CB Hounslow, Hendon or even embarked on 100% scholarships in America.

Off the pitch, the college supports all students in preparing them for the next step in their career.

Jason is part of the Trust’s football and education programme with West Thames College, which offers students the opportunity to study for a BTEC Level 3 sports including support from a host of experienced coaches, such as former Brentford player Ryan Peters.