Saturday 04th June saw our FPUSA sponsored event "So You Think You're Good Enough?" event roll out at Stirling Albion's Doubletree Stadium.
Young hopefuls travelled from far and wide to try out in this unique, X-factor style trial to try to win a contract with the club.
The club received in excess of 100 enquiries for this event, and filled spots for three teams to compete against each other to impress manager, Jocky Scott with their talent.
Many had travelled a distance to try out for the club, Francis Luke from London had previously played in League One for Dagenham and Redbridge. There was also a Brazilian midfielder, Igor Wands-Silva who had met his Scottish wife Kimberly in Brazil and moved to Kilsyth in Scotland. They had used some of their wedding money to pay for this opportunity.
This event also received a great deal of exposure in local and national press:
Check out some of the coverage from this event :
Former Firstpoint USA client Craig Hughes (pictured above) has recently graduated from Grand View University and had this to say in his BBC interview:
"When I was younger, I was trying to find a club and I didn't really make the cut, so I decided to go out and do a scholarship in America through First Point USA. They helped me get a school in Des Moines, Iowa, called Grand View University. I played there for four years, I was captain, and we went on to the national tournament. I got my degree and now I've come back and I'm looking for a club."
Thirty hopefuls paid £200 each for the opportunity, raising money for the club as well as giving young footballers the chance to showcase their skills.
"For us it’s all about challenging the norms and in the past trials were always free, but only if you were invited by the coaching staff. This changes that and if you genuinely think you are good enough, you are guaranteed a chance"
Club Director and spokesman, and FPUSA Managing Director
Players who are spending their own money to take part tells me they are serious about playing for Stirling Albion
Jocky Scott Stirling Albion manager
The event was a great success, and FPUSA were there to advise about educational opportunities in the USA.
We would like to thank everyone involved for making this such an exciting and enjoyable event, and wish all the boys who took part, the best of luck!