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Team Sunderland’s Jakab gets Northern Uni’s call-up

English Universities Sport Tournament – Men’s Football. Men’s North Team takes on Men’s South Team in the North vs South Challenger Cup 2023 on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at the St Georges Park – Football Centre, Burton Upon Trent UK. Final Score 0 – 2. Men’s South Team won the Cup in the end, but an outstanding performance from both teams throughout the match.

Team Sunderland Elite Athlete Simon Jakab has been selected to represent Northern English Universities.

The MSc Psychology student will represent the North in the annual fixture against the South on March 3 at St George’s Park.

This is the second consecutive year Simon has been selected for the fixture and was named Player of the Match in 2023.

This led to his selection for the English Universities squad where he played several games, including an impressive victory over Premier League side Burnley’s U21 team.

Originally from Hungary, Simon moved to Sunderland in 2017 and has been living in the city ever since. Starting at the University in 2019 he graduated from an undergraduate course in Sport and Exercise Sciences before taking on the Psychology post graduate degree.

Simon is currently playing his football for Ashington AFC in the Northern Premier League – East Division.

Laura Hockaday, Sport Development Assistant Manager, said: “Simon has been an exemplary member of the Elite Athlete Scheme since he joined the University and we’re so proud of his achievements.”

The Elite Athlete Scheme is a key part of Team Sunderland’s commitment to support high performing athlete’s during their time studying at the University of Sunderland, for more information about the scheme please email laura.hockaday@sunderland.ac.uk