Hello my name is Ted Smith, I am 18 and I did a BTEC in Sport at South Essex College from 2012-2014.
I am now playing for Southend United Football Club as a goalkeeper and I have also played for the England under 19 side.
Going to South Essex College really helped a lot. The course taught you about things like injuries which has helped me as a player because you can assess your own injuries. Doing the coaching part of the course was great too because it can help you move on when your football career is finished.
The relationship between the club and the College is really good. The boys come over to the club a lot and quite a few of us went to the College.
I started off playing Sunday League when I was very young because I loved kicking a ball about and it all went from there really. My career is going well. I am training day-in-day-out with good players who have been there and done it like Paul Smith who has been in the Premiership and young players who are on the way up.
I am fortunate enough to have been able to represent my country and hopefully there will be more chances to come.
My ambition is to debut for the first team here at SUFC this year and in the future It would be great to represent my country at a senior level and play in the Premier and Champions League.
My time at South Essex College has definitely helped with my career, just mixing with the boys means that you get to know your team much better and the tutors get you over any difficulties.