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Seevic College and Southend Swifts basketball star Brad Wood has taken his first step towards national recognition after making his England under-17 debut in an international tournament held in Manchester at the end of December.
Wood gained selection after a series of outstanding performances for Seevic College in the newly formed Elite Academies Basketball League, the highest College league in the country, and for Swifts in the National League.
Wood, who previously attended St Thomas More High School in Westcliff, joined Seevic College in September 2013 and is part of the Advanced Apprentice in Sporting Excellence (AASE) scheme at the College, located in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet.
In addition, he is also studying towards A-Levels in Physical Education, Economics, History and English Language & Literature. Playing for the College enabled Brad to be spotted at a national trial, which led to his England selection.
Wood has been with Swifts since the age of 13, playing at his own age group as well as getting the opportunity to play at older levels