Three Bury Grammar School boys have been offered professional football scholarships with English Football League clubs.
Year 11 pupils Alex B, Luke H and Sam B, who have all gone from infants right through to seniors at BGS, will begin two-year scholarships with Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers and Fleetwood Town respectively next summer.
The boys have benefitted from using the new 3G football pitch at BGS, as well as the Buckley Wells pitches, alongside playing academy-level football.
Alex, who has been at BGS since he was three and part of the Blackburn Rovers academy since he was six, will continue with his A Levels at BGS but has yet to decide upon his subjects.
He trains four times per week for Rovers as well as playing for BGS, and is the only boy in his year at Blackburn to have been in the academy for that long and the only boy not to attend day release.
Luke, who signed for Bolton Wanderers’ academy in 2011, will begin his two-year scholarship next summer.
Sam, who has been at BGS for 13 years, has spent the last 16 months playing for the academy at Fleetwood Town.
All three boys were also part of the ISFA national football team and were also part of the ESFA National Cup winning side in 2016.
Bury Grammar School’s Director of Sport, Martyn Andrews, said: "I'm made up for the boys. They are all level-headed, but I can tell they are really excited at the prospect of playing football full-time.
"They are an example to others for what you can achieve with hard work and commitment.
"They are also sensible boys who understand they must commit themselves to their academic work as well playing a high level of football.
"Everyone at BGS is proud and wishes them the very best of luck."