Sky have been filming at Horsforth Campus today, as trials got underway for a females-only US soccer academy, which is being launched by Leeds City College in partnership with Sports Recruiting USA, and is the first of its kind outside the US.
The academy is the first female only full-time football and study academy in Europe which specifically prepares girls for the US college soccer environment.
Opening in August 2015 and offering just 24 places, the academy will help girls aged 16-19 be prepared, academically, physically and mentally for the US college game.
The academy will give girls the opportunity to study full time for their BTEC or A-Levels at the College while training and playing every day coached by UEFA licensed coaches. The team will be taking part in the British Colleges league and all games will be filmed and performance analysis will be given after each game to aid development.
As well as the above, the girls will be helped to study for their SAT exams (US College’s entrance exam) and will study US college games so they are prepared for American soccer.
A main part of the academy is that US coaches will be invited to see the players and approach any they would like for their American university team.
With all games filmed and constant contact with coaches, these girls will have a platform and exposure to US coaches like no other footballing academy in Europe.
Chris Cousins, Head of Operation’s for Sports Recruiting USA, which is a UK based agency which helps place talented male and female footballers at US universities on soccer scholarships, said: “The academy is a fantastic opportunity for any girl in the north of England to do something a little bit different when studying. They get to play football full time and are being given the platform to be seen by US coaches right here in Leeds.”
Leeds City College Curriculum Area Manager (Sports Academies) Anthony Gallagher added: “This is a unique opportunity for talented young female players to gain a qualification while developing as an athlete. It is vitally important that prospective students are given the correct advice, in terms of what they can study, as this will have a bearing on their future career path – both academically and in their sport.”
The Sky footage will be broadcast from 6am tomorrow, Saturday Nov 1st.
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