2. What made you choose FirstPoint USA and are you glad you did?
I was a bit lost for what i wanted to once i graduated university and I knew a few ex team-mates were out in the USA on scholarships and were really enjoying so decided to look into it, after a quick google search Firstpoint came up and I signed up for a trial day. They have been very helpful throughout quite a complicated process and I am very glad i chose them.
3. Were you happy with the FirstPoint process?
The first trial day was fairly hectic but everything was explained thoroughly and gave me a good idea of what to expect, flying up to Glasgow was a fairly daunting experience but John Crawley was very helpful with offering an insight into what would be happening over the coming months as things got sorted. Client games were difficult in that you are playing with lads you don't know but the standard is quite competitive and provides a good opportunity for footage. The highlight has to have been the showcase in London however which our side went on to win and was a lot better level than I was expecting as everyone tried to impress the visiting coaches. I also had the opportunity to play against a US college side which was a very good eye opener as to what to expect.
4. Were you happy with the offers you received? And what made you choose Lenoir Rhyne?
I initially had my heart set on a division 1 school as I had a few former team mates out there playing for schools in this division and felt I was capable but after many conversations with John Paul (who has been very patient!) was informed that because I would only be eligible for 2 years as i studied my masters it might be difficult to get an offer that worked out as a financially good offer from a school in this division. I received contact from schools in New York, Hawaii, Pennsylvania and Tennessee But after conversations with Lenoir Rhyne I was impressed by what the coach hopes to achieve this year and the facilities look fantastic and am very happy with the offer I have accepted.
5. What are you looking forward to the most about heading out to the USA?
Training full time and competing in another country, I am looking forward to the opportunity to really take my football seriously alongside studying for my MBA and to hopefully come back a better player and play at the highest level of football I can.
6. What do you think you'll miss the most while out there?
Roast Dinners, Nando's and going to Loftus road!
7. What advice would you have for anyone considering a sports scholarship to the USA?
Do it! The facilities are out of this world compared to what you could expect in this country and I cant wait to get out there.
8. Would you recommend FirstPoint?
Yes, I have played with two lads who have also gone through the company and they, along with myself. Are very happy with where they are studying. The company have been very helpful throughout the process and If it is something you are serious about pursuing Firstpoint can help you do that.