Last Saturday saw thousands of students attend USA College Day 2011 in Kensington, London.
The event provided youngsters with the opportunity to speak with over 200 exhibitors from USA Universities and other bodies relevant to Higher Education in America.
Individuals who are considering becoming a student-athlete and securing a scholarship presented themselves to the exhibitors, who were able to advise and discuss vital information such as entry requirements, SAT tests, GPA scores and eligibility. Private medical insurance, collegiate sport governing bodies, format of study, subject choices and American culture were other topics of discussion.
League Football Education was in attendance to alert Universities to the situation of talented and academic Apprentices who do no not receive professional contracts in England and wish to find a soccer scholarship in the USA.
A clear sign of improvement in the strides LFE is making, is shown by the fact that 21 LFE Apprentices,who were released by their club in the summer, made the stateside move in August 2011. This statistic compares well with the previous year with just 12 Apprentices leaving the shores in 2010.
The majority of these student-athletes have either been scouted via LFE’s Assessment Trials or referred by LFE to Head Coaches following recruitment enquiries.
Notable student-athletes currently in the USA are:
- Luke Adams – Coventry City FC to Appalachian State University
- Sameth Al-Basith – Cardiff City FC to East Tennesee State University
- Theo Angus – Watford FC to SCAD University
- James Beeston – Port Vale FC to Siena College
- Laurie Bell – Rochdale AFC to University of Milwaukee
- Joe Conkleton – Doncaster Rovers FC to Barry University
- Lewis Davenport – Crewe Alexandra FC to New York University
- Luke Holmes – Bury FC to Notre Dame College to Akron University
- Matt Rickard – Plymouth Argyle FC to University of Michigan
- Nathan Woods – Rochdale AFC to Louisburg College to University at Buffalo
If you are a 1st or 2nd Year LFE Apprentice and are considering embarking on a soccer scholarship in the USA after your two-year Apprenticeship then please do the following: