We’re pleased to welcome Joshua Grinter to our list of soccer players here at FirstPoint USA. Joshua hails from Epsom, Surrey where he attended Blenheim School. Here, Joshua tells us a bit more about himself and why he chose to study in the US.
Joshua tells us he has been playing soccer since the age of 7. However, has never tried to play outfield, having only ever played in goals. Throughout his playing career Joshua has played with a number of teams, with many successes in each. When playing with AFC Wimbledon, Joshua and his team were County Cup winners, as well as winners of the Surrey Youth Premier League. Whilst playing with AFC Walcountians, they were both Epsom and Ewell Premier winners. Joshua also tells us that, throughout his first year of men’s soccer, he played with Bookham FC, winning the Guildford and Woking Alliance League Division 1.
With an impressive soccer career behind him, we asked Joshua to tell us about his favourite sporting memory to date. He states, “my favourite sporting memory was probably at U17 when we had a play-off match for the league title; in which I had one of the best games I’ve ever played. At the end, the opposition were coming up to me and telling me I had just won my team the league. I will always remember that moment.”
Joshua states that he was drawn to the idea of studying in the US on a soccer scholarship as it will provide him with an opportunity to experience a completely different approach to sport as well as to studying. Upon arriving in the states, Joshua tells us he is most looking forward to the experiencing the passion that is given to college sports, and the opportunity to be a part of this.
With regards to his top sportsmen of all time, Joshua states…
“Jack Butland – Breaking into professional soccer, and then the England set-up, at only around age 18 is a remarkable thing and something to look up to.
Bert Trautmann – Not only due to being a good keeper, but mainly due to the will and drive he has. Shown by having the serious injury of breaking his neck in a final, only to push on, have a great game and then lift the trophy.”
Finally, we asked Joshua where he sees himself being in 10 years time. He tells us he has always dreamed of having a career in soccer and will try extremely hard to achieve this. However, “The realistic side of me sees me using a business/economics degree to push myself into the world of finance,” whilst adding he would still like to be working on his soccer whilst doing so.
We’d like to wish Joshua the best of luck and we will keep you updated on his scholarship progress through our various social media platforms.