Talented young footballers in Jamaica are set to benefit from an exciting new partnership between FirstPoint USA and the Mount Pleasant Academy, opening up the pathway to soccer college scholarships in the States.
The world’s leading sports scholarship agency are joining forces with the Jamaican football Academy and will be supporting players who are looking to develop their career by playing and studying in the States.
Formed in 2016 by Englishman Peter Gould, the Mount Pleasant Academy provides a unique environment to aspiring Caribbean footballers, marrying an appetite for sport with academic pursuits.e Academy’s first team are the reigning Jamaican premier league champions having won its first league title in 2023 while the Academy develops players from an early age, while offering an education syllabus.
Andrew Kean, FirstPoint USA’s Chief Executive, said: “We are very excited to be launching this new strategic alliance with Mount Pleasant Academy, whose goals very much mirror the vision of FirstPoint in providing opportunities for young people to fulfil their potential both athletically and academically.
“The first team do a fantastic job in the Caribbean, and we have been very impressed by their success on and off the pitch. We are looking forward to enhancing the Academy’s offering by supporting those players who are seeking the college soccer pathway in the States, which we know from experience can be life-changing opportunities.
Mount Pleasant Academy Sporting Director Paul Christie added: “FirstPoint USA have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry and know our players will be in great hands in working with them. Playing college soccer in the States can open so many different doors, whether you’re aiming to play professionally, go into a coaching role or pursue a career aligned to your degree.
We are committed to combining sport and education for all athletes in our Academy, so to have the opportunity to continue with both is a great option for us to provide.”
The partnership will see FirstPoint USA staging assessment trials kicking off later this year, while providing guidance, advice and insights to Mount Pleasant Academy’s players and their families.
Among Mount Pleasant Academy’s other partners are Charlton Athletic, having recently announced a new strategic alliance with the London club.