FirstPoint USA has become a partner of Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU), which will open up the US sports scholarship pathway to the union’s talented players.
The partnership is a first in Hong Kong for FirstPoint USA, the world leading US sports scholarship and university admissions agency. Founded in 2001 and now part of the UCFB Group, FirstPoint assist 80,000 prospective students and student-athletes each year, whilst working directly with more than 2,500 of the best US colleges and universities.
Now, as the US Education Partners of the HKRU’s teams, a life-changing sports scholarship in the USA has never been more accessible to young male and female players from the region.
Andrew Kean, FirstPoint USA founder and CEO, said: “This partnership is important to FirstPoint, as all partnerships are, as we believe that the US scholarship pathway should be a possible route for all young sporting talent across the world, regardless of their place of birth, background, gender or choice of sport.
“We are passionate about providing life-changing opportunities for the next generation of scholar-athletes, a path all of our own staff were able to enjoy. Partnering with HKRU is a first in Hong Kong and we truly believe the partnership has hugely potential for both parties and, most importantly, for your athletes.
“We all look forward to a successful partnership with everyone at HKRU.”
Over the past 20 years FirstPoint have secured scholarships in the States for tens of thousands of young UK sports men and women, providing them with a life-changing opportunity and both the academic and sporting platform to fulfil their potential.
Opportunities exist for talented players in 25+ sports including rugby: from soccer and swimming, tennis and track & field, American football and field hockey, lacrosse and wrestling, to golf, gymnastics and even e-sports.
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the FirstPoint team have been able to continue placing student-athletes in US scholarships starting in Fall 2021, thanks to a new digital platform which connects the individual to the institution online.
A further endorsement of FirstPoint’s credentials is the fact they are certified by the NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA and the AIRC (American International Recruitment Council), to create academic and sporting opportunities for international student-athletes. In fact, FirstPoint USA is the only agency in the world to hold such certification.
FirstPoint’s 75-strong team works from offices in London (Wembley), Manchester (Etihad), Glasgow, Shanghai, Dubai and Melbourne and their reach extends to talented student-athletes from countless countries across six continents.
All FirstPoint staff are graduates of US institutions, academic experts, and former collegiate athletes – they have been in your shoes and can offer you the best advice with the benefit of their own experiences.