Congratulations to FirstPoint USA client, Brandon McCann, who has committed to a soccer scholarship at Bethany College. Brandon hails from Finglas and currently lives in Ashbourne, Ireland. Throughout his soccer career so far he has played for Ashbourne United, Home Farm FC, and Shelbourne United FC U17ís and U19ís. Brandon has an impressive list of soccer achievements behind him so far including; Player of the Year at Ashbourne United; League Cup Winners with Ashbourne United; Ashbourne Community School U17ís and Senior Captain; Captain of Home Farm FC; and Captain of Shelbourne FC. We recently caught up with Brandon to hear how he found the scholarship process, what he is most looking forward to upon arriving in the states, and his plans for the future.
Brandon tells us that he made his decision to study in the states as he feels that colleges in the USA have far more to offer their students than those in Ireland; both in and out of the classroom. Furthermore, Brandon added that by studying in the US he will be able to choose from a far broader range of courses, while also having the chance to progress in terms of soccer.
Regarding the process of obtaining his scholarship, Brandon statedÖ
ďI thought when I first signed with FirstPoint USA that the process would be gruelling and stressful. However, thanks to all the helpful staff and everyone involved in the company, they made it a really fun and interesting experience. I really enjoyed playing in the Showcase games at St. Georges Park, and these are memories that Iíll never forget. I quickly realised this was one of the most exciting events of my life.Ē
Brandon tells us that his decision to attend Bethany College was influenced by the interest they showed in him. Stating that he was very impressed by the amazing campus and the soccer program that the college offers; but also after speaking to Coach Regan and hearing his goals and plans for the upcoming season, Brandon knew that Bethany was the school for him.[caption id="attachment_11701" align="aligncenter" width="530"] Bethany College Campus[/caption]
Upon beginning his scholarship, Brandon tells us, ďIím extremely excited to start my journey in the states. It will bring me closer to my brother who lives there, and I canít wait to develop my soccer skills in a way which isnít available to loads of lads back home. Itís all very professional, but also Iíll be earning a degree in a course which I feel very passionate about.Ē
Finally, we asked Brandon where he sees himself being in 10 years time. He stated that he hopes to be playing professional soccer, while having a college degree to his name. However, adds, ďitís only early days now, and plenty of tough times lie ahead, but I look forward to every challenge.Ē
We would like to wish Brandon the best of luck for his studies and playing career at Bethany College; we will keep you updated on his progress through our various social media platforms.