Young footballers across the UK now have the opportunity to head to the USA to demonstrate their ‘soccer’ skills, and continue their learning and development on an Equity Sports US Scholarship Pathway Tour. The concept is simple. To provide a platform for young people to show their abilities to top sports colleges with the chance of winning a scholarship.
Every passionate young sports person dreams of a career in sports, of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase their talent and this is now very much a reality.
Taking place in March 2016 at the prestigious IMG Academy, young footballers will compete in a tournament watched by over 20 coaches from the best sports colleges in America including the University of Tampa, Gardner Webb University and Florida Golf Coast University for the chance to win a scholarship.
But the excitement doesn’t start as soon as they hit American soil. Prior to arriving in the US, all players will have a dedicated portfolio created that will be given to coaches before the tournament so the scouts know who to watch out for.
This inspiring experience gives the young players the opportunity to play in the same environment as leading teams such as the U.S. Women’s National Team, Malmo FF (Sweden), New York Red Bulls, D.C. United and the Seattle Sounders. The IMG Academy, located in Bradenton Florida, have trained athletes that have gone on to win 131 All Stars, 63 MVP Awards, 22 World Championships, 5 National Titles, 2 Heisman Trophies, 889 Tournaments, 107 Major Championships and 11 Olympic Medals.
Nurturing young sportspeople is fundamental to the work we do here at Equity. We send thousands of young people around the world to develop their skills, team ethos and competitive spirit in aspirational sporting destinations and are thrilled to announce a brand new opportunity to give young people the chance of starting a lifetime career in sport.
Our sports specialist, Scott McCulloch, has first-hand experience of what it’s like to win a scholarship. He graduated from William Carey University, USA in 2009 where he played, coached and refereed in a variety of sports, specifically football. Scott says “the combination of travel and sport have been hugely influential in my life, I’m looking forward to passing the baton on to young sportsmen and helping them in their quest for a USA Athletic Scholarship.”