AN ATHLETE and former college student has had a successful first season after trading Hampshire for Tennessee.

Former Barton Peveril Sixth Form College student, Luke Bennett earned a scholarship to Milligan University in 2019.

Now in his second year, Luke has enjoyed a successful first season playing football for his university helping the Milligan University Men’s Soccer Team to its first Appalachian Athletic Conference title since 2012.

He was "integral" to the team’s 2-1 victory against Tennessee Wesleyan University, scoring an equaliser just six minutes after his opposition went ahead.

Following the win, the squad will now head to the Nationals with opening rounds beginning April 22.

Luke is one of a number of Barton Peveril athletes who earn scholarships to universities across the United States each year.

Director of Sport, Luke Hampton, said: “It’s absolutely brilliant to see Luke continue his footballing success in the United States, after completing his studies with us.

"Each year a number of talented athletes like Luke earn scholarships to US institutions, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication the show whilst studying with us.”