• Nottingham Forest Academy ages 12-17• Released at 17 and played semi-pro for Hallam F.C (Sheffield)• Attended Leeds Metropolitan University aged 18-21 whilst playing for AFC Emley• Secured a soccer scholarship aged 22 to Mercyhurst University
• Played 39 games in 2 years at Mercyhurst University• Played in two NCAA national championships• Played in and won the Great Lakes NPSL conference for the Erie Admirals and reached the national semi-final in Alabama• Teammates from Ireland, Scotland, England, Romania, Bosnia Finland, Germany, Peru, Honduras, Kenya, Australia, Canada and the USA.
• W are a sports scholarship specialist agency who send e young athletes from the UK to colleges in the USA.• Founded by ex college players and coaches who believe they can promote players more effectively than the existing agencies.• Everybody who works for Sports Recruiting U.S.A. has already been to America on a sports scholarship.
WHAT WE DOOnce a player is invited to join our agency, we help them to gain a scholarship to an American university to study a degree whilst playing sport.
WHAT IS A SCHOLARSHIP ?• A scholarship is money off your university course fees, accommodation and other costs in exchange for playing for the universities sports team.• Scholarships vary depending on academics, playing ability and other factors.• Sometimes an athlete will gain a ‘full ride’ where they pay nothing.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A COLLEGE SOCCER PLAYER To watch this video click this linkhttp:/www.youtube.com/ / watch?v=xjrhQClu8hQ
WHAT TO EXPECT ACADEMICALLY IN THE USA• Daily life would be just like university in the UK with classes during the daytime.• You can study any course you like as long as it is offered by the university.• You would gain a BA or MA just like in the UK.
PLAWHAT TO EXPECT WHEN PLAYING IN THE USA• Professional facilities.• Full time physio’s, strength & conditioning coach and manager with an assistant.• Train every day.• Video analysis sessions.• Stay in hotels for away games (distance).• Like being a pro.
PLAWHAT TO EXPECT WHEN PLAYING IN THE USA Brad Friedel - Tottenham U.C.L.A Clint Dempsey - TottenhamMaurice Edu – Stoke City Furman CollegeUniversity of Maryland Brad Guzan – Aston Villa University of South Carolina
UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS, MEN’S SOCCER FACILITY TOUR VIDEO To watch this video click this linkhttps:/www.youtube.com/ / watch?v=oE96_dbCAfQ
HOW DO WE GET YOU TO AMERICA?• W use a combination of: e• Video footage (very important)• Coach references• Academic strength• Our respected opinion (we all played out there!)
HOW DO WE GET YOU TO AMERICA?• Through our network in the USA we are in contact with over 2,000 colleges across 5 Divisions in 48 states.• NCAA Division 1,2 & 3• JUCO’s (NJCAA)• NAIA
PROCESS1. Assessment2. Acceptance/ signing3. Filming and promotion package created4. Coach interest & scholarship negotiation5. Choose your university6. VISA application and other paperwork7. Travel to the USA!
FOR THE PARENTS• It is a coaches full time job to look after your sons/ daughters both on and off the field• Coaches help players find jobs if they need money (I personally worked in the library)• You must maintain a 2.0 GPA (C grade) in order to be eligible to play so if you fail in he classroom you cannot play for the university (nationwide rule)
MY FINANCIAL EXAMPLE Masters in Organizational Leadership
MY FINANCIAL EXAMPLE• Attended Leeds Met. to study Marketing. Course fees were £3,000 (now £9,000) + housing £3,500.• Left with student debt of over £24,000• Gained a scholarship to Mercyhurst University• Course fees were paid by scholarship• Had to pay my own housing roughly $3,000 per year• Same course in the UK would have cost £10,000 + housing
UK UNIVERSITY FEES• Birmingham – £8,500• Bristol – £9,000• Cambridge – £9,000• Durham – £9,000• Kings College – £9,000• Liverpool – £9,000• Leeds – £9,000• Northumbria - £8,500• Oxford - £9,000
PRICE COMPARISON• First Point USA £2495• College Sport USA £2000• Sports Recruiting USA £999• Athletes USA £1500• Soccer Icon £2500• UnitedsportUSA £1795