It’s the New Year!
Time to get organised and start working on those resolutions! If you are a FirstPoint USA client, and you have not completed your Client Services checklist then it might be a good resolution to make for 2013.
Here’s a reminder of everything that you need to be working on with us to get you on your way to the USA!
Check out the top 10 most athletic American colleges, as chosen by The Huffington Post:
The winner is the Stanford Cardinal, and winning is what they do. The Cardinal have won the most national titles in the last 25 years, bringing 75 championships back to the west coast. That is quite a trophy room they must have. They have won national titles in 16 different sports, including being a juggernaut in men’s and women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, and women’s swimming and diving.
So close Texas, so close. But second place is still good reason to throw your horns up Longhorn fans. Texas reached their point total by being very well rounded. They have won 33 national titles in 9 different sports, are very popular, and bring in over $100 million dollars in revenue for their school, mostly because of huge TV contracts. Way to go Longhorns.
One may have expected the very popular Florida Gators to be the best sports school in the country, but they come in third on the list. Third is not bad for the Gator Nation, so keep doing the Gator chomp. The Gators have won 19 national titles in 9 different sports and Google traffic estimator projected them to be the second most Googled college team.
I think I may have just discovered the winner of the ongoing battle for Los Angeles between UCLA Bruins and the USC Trojans. The UCLA blue and gold have racked up 53 national titles in 14 different sports, both stats being the second highest behind only Stanford. UCLA has been dominant in softball, women’s water polo, and men’s volleyball for the past 25 years.
The Bulldogs were another very well rounded sports school. They are popular, bring in above average revenue and have won 26 national titles in 7 different sports over the past 25 years. The Georgia Bulldogs have won 10 national titles in women’s gymnastics alone, including five straight from 2005 to 2009. It’s safe to say they are pretty good.
The green and yellow make the top ten because of a lot of recent popularity. Google traffic estimator had the Ducks projected as the most Googled college team. But that is not the only reason the Ducks make the top 10. The Ducks have won seven national titles in four different sports over the past 25 years.
Even though they lose to their cross-town rivals UCLA, USC comes in at #7. I wouldn’t complain. Winning 25 national titles in 11 different sports has its perks. One of them is being mentioned on this list. So go celebrate, wear your cardinal and gold and watch some of your alumni on NFL Sundays, since nearly every USC football player usually makes it to the pros.
Revenue and popularity play a big role in the Badgers making our list. The Badgers bring in around $100 million in revenue a year and are one of the more Googled teams in the country. But popularity like that does not come unwarranted. Winning 11 national titles in five different sports over the past quarter of a decade helps too.
The Razorbacks crack the top 10, mostly because they can run. Really, really fast. The Razorbacks have won 10 men’s cross-country titles and 30 track titles in the past 25 years.
The blue and yellow Wolverines round out the top 10. They have won nine national titles in 7 different sports in the past 25 years and are one of the more popular schools around. They also bring in around $100 million for the school annually. The “Fab 5″ were exciting and ground breaking in the early 1990′s, bringing the school a lot of popularity.
Check out what has just arrived at FirstPoint USA HQ … the first set of team tops for our 2012 Soccer Showcase – beautifully modeled by Nicole Montoya & Megan Hammond of Client Services!
This event is really starting to come together, and our office is buzzing in anticipation!
Our media staff have even offered a wee sneak peak into the graphics they are producing for this years footage….
This years FirstPoint USA Soccer Showcase will be held on the 12th & 13th December for Men’s soccer, and on the 14th for women’s soccer, at the London Soccerdome.
This is a huge event with over 300 of our talented soccer players, all competing in a tournament in front of over 150 visiting US coaches!
FirstPoint USA headquarters are based in Glasgow, and we have a team of experienced staff who help you through every stage of our scholarship process.
Although the majority of our staff have all been through our scholarship process and played their sport at University in the USA, there are certainly a few members of our team who (although they havn’t themselves been to the USA on scholarship), they are equally as important – and even overlooked in our blog posts!
Nicolle Crawford is one of these staff members.
Nicolle is the heart of our Admin team at FirstPoint USA, and is most of our athletes first point of contact. Whether our athletes apply online, or phone through with an enquiry – Nicolle is always happy to help!
Nicolle is a great support for our team at FirstPoint USA – there’s not much she does not know about our company, and she is always available to help with enquiries ….athlete – or staff! She is always friendly, and helpful and is ‘the unsung hero’ of the company, given the amount she does to help everyone out!
We felt it was about time that Nicolle had a mention on our blog so we caught up with her to find out more out who is behind ‘the voice on the phone’….
Before coming to FirstPoint I had finished school in 2007 and took a year out before deciding on what to do with my future. I was going back and forth on whether to go to University to become a Social Worker but in the end, making money was more appealing to me rather than going into education for another 4 years.
Describe what your job involves?
I work within the administration department but my role differs from day to day. I manage the general enquries inbox along with my own, so any outside queries coming in, I will deal with these daily. I book all of the travel for our staff, whether it be meetings in London or box hire in Bolton down to all of their flights and hire cars for the day. As I am most experienced with our client database, if anyone has any problems, I am always on hand to help, along with any other computer problems our staff may experience. I also manage our client profiles…so once a client is ready to be passed to the Clearing Department for promotion I create their profiles online for all of our coaches to view.
What might you do in a day?
When I arrive in the morning I reply to all my emails from overnight. As I am down at reception area the phone will ring throughout the day and I am happy to help with any queries our callers may have. I keep record of all new clients signing with our company on a day to day basis and make sure a receipt and copy of contract is issued to each along with a new client pack. When Client Services is busy, I will ensure that a number of profiles are ready for promotion every week… so for the rest of the day I will concentrate on getting everyone online as soon as possible.
What do you like most about your job?
I like the fact that my role varies and doesn’t become repetative and there is never a time where I am stuck for something to do!
What are your ambitions?
My ambition is to win the lottery and own my own nightclub (Sparklers-look out for it one day!!!). Realistically I would like to move to Australia within the next couple of years…sunshine over rainy Scotland wins every time.
What’s your claim to fame?
My cousin is the lead guitarist in the band Texas!
What do you do in your free time/ what are your hobbies?
In my free time, I like going to the pub and cinema. I am a big movie fan and probably go through about 3 or 4 times a week. I love shopping and have an obsession with shoes so I try to limit this to at least 1 pair a month. I enjoy playing pool and crazy golf athough I’m terrible at both lol!
5 interesting facts about me!
- Firstpoint USA was my first job
- My great grandmother was Spanish
- I have 3 piercings and they are all above my neck
- I have Trypanophobia (fear of needles)
- I always have to have my nails painted
Look out for more of our staff profiles coming soon!
Tonight will see The USA play Japan in the women’s soccer final at the Olympics, a familiar setting for both teams, and a rematch of the 2011 World Cup final, where Japan beat the Americans in last minute penalty shoot-outs. Losing to Japan is something that, in the words of USA’s Abby Wambach, the American team have been living with since that moment, and is something that they use to drive and motivate the team.
The Final tonight will take place in front of a packed (anticipated) 90,000 strong crowd at Wembley Stadium, the largest crowd most of the Japanese and American players have ever played in front of, and potentially the largest crowd to watch the sport at the Olympics ever.
But the rivalry between the teams isn’t as intense as you might expect, and the teams seem to share a mutual respect for each other. Speaking of tonight’s match, Wambach said -
“I’ve been hoping for this final, from the moment I stepped of the podium in Germany”
“We [USA and Japan] believe that we are the top 2 teams in the world and we believe our fans deserve to see a great final.”- Huffington Post
And both teams have great incentives to play for, with the USA determined to prove themselves as the world’s number 1 after last year’s World Cup defeat, and the opportunity for the Japanese team to become the first in the world to win a World Cup and the Olympics in consecutive years.
In July 2012, FirstPoint USA became one of the first sports scholarship agencies to become approved and certified by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletics Association).
NCAA Division 1 colleges and universities are only permitted to work with scholarship agencies that are approved through the NCAA scouting service approval process.
The NCAA is recognised as the main governing body of American college sport. The association oversees 89 championships in 23 sports. There are more than 400,000 student-athletes competing in three divisions at over 1,000 colleges and universities within the NCAA.
The approval process was implemented by the NCAA national office, to ensure compliance with legislated requirements governing the elements required to permit an institution’s subscription and interaction with scholarship agencies and their prospective athletes.
FirstPoint USA’s scholarship service is one of the most comprehensive and successful in the World. The company has assisted over 4000 student-athletes with their placement at American colleges and universities since 2001.