Ethan

Previous School:

Shirley High School

Ethan played youth football for Millwall and Dulwich Hamlet FC, before progressing to the senior team at Dulwich Hamlet FC. During his seven years he made more than 200 appearances and received the Player of the Year Award in his final season at the club. In 2016 he made his England C team U23 international debut playing in a match versus Estonia. He played for a season at Forest Green Rovers FC helping secure the club a promotion to the EFL, before moving to Championship team Barnsley FC in 2017.

In 2019 Ethan secured a £3 million move to Premier League hopefuls Brentford FC, where his strength at centre-back has earned him a regular place in the team. This November he extended his contract to stay with the club for another five years.

What did you enjoy about College and what were your favourite subjects?

I had a really positive experience of studying at Reigate College. I enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and appreciated all the support I got from my teachers. My favourite subject was probably Graphics.

I loved developing my creative skills and it was a refreshing change from my academic courses.

What did you do after College?

I went on to study Physical Education and Sport at Greenwich University and graduated in 2015 with a 2:1. I’d intended to train as a PE teacher or go into Sports Coaching, but then I signed as a Professional for Forest Green Rovers FC and my Football career took off.

When did you start playing football and what do you enjoy about the game?

I’ve always loved playing football. I was nine years old when I started at Millwall FC’s Academy. I love the competitive nature of the game, the team spirit and the great feeling of winning after a tough match.

What has been the highlight of your football career so far and what have you found challenging?

Gaining promotion from League 1 to the Championship with Barnsley was definitely a high point and coming to play at Brentford has been great. It’s a young team and there’s a wonderful team spirit.

Now I’ve got a family of my own, life has become challenging in a different way! It’s more difficult to be adaptable and move around the country playing for different clubs.

What advice would you give to students considering a career in sport?

Believe in yourself and be positive. Put in the hard work but have a Plan B, so that if you succumb to injury you’ll have something to fall back on.

What are your goals for the future?

I really hope to get promoted to the Premier League with Brentford. It was disappointing to lose to Fulham in the Championship play-off final last season after two extra-time goals, but I’m hoping we can improve our performance this year and break into the Premier League.

Ethan Pinnock

Reigate College: 2009-2011

Currently: Professional Footballer

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