September 30th, 2016

Duo relish chance to become stars in US strips

Duo relish chance to become stars in US strips Duo relish chance to become stars in US strips

FORMER England captain Steven Gerrard might be attracting the media spotlight following his big-money move to LA Galaxy this summer.

But there are two promising Bromsgrove footballers who are also hoping to shine in America.

William Tuffin, of South Bromsgrove High School, and Reece Hambly, of Bromsgrove Sporting u18s, have both secured prestigious football scholarship.

The duo will arrive in the USA in August where they will have the opportunity to combine their university studies alongside playing high level football for the next four years.

Tuffin’s achievement in winning the scholarship, which will see him join St Edwards located in Austin, Texas, comes after producing an impressive performance in the PASS4Soccer US Coach Showcase in December 2014.

And his mum, Denise, said the 18-year-old, who has been playing football for Redditch United u18s and cricket for Bromsgrove, was relishing the chance to showcase his ability for Hilltopper soccer team.

“He was very pleased and excited to be offered a scholarship which came very much out of the blue after being scouted at a Showcase event,” he said.

“Will has always been a keen goalkeeper playing for Paul Hutchins, who is the manager of local team Meadow Park, from u10 through to u16 as well as representing the county and regional county through which this opportunity has arisen.

“He is excited whilst apprehensive ahead of his trip but hopes to play to the best of his ability and make a success of his time in the USA.”

Hambly, meanwhile, was a member of the PASS4Soccer Tour squad which visited North Carolina in March and played games

against top university soccer teams.

Having experienced the environment, the Hagley Catholic High School and Sixth Form student said he was looking forward to arriving at Scottsdale College located in Arizona this summer.

“I was amazed that I got the offer because I have always wanted to go and live in America,” he said. “First of all the hot weather appealed to me, but secondly there are amazing sports teams over there, which I am in to.”

PASS4Soccer have had numerous successes with students going on to gain a professional contract following four

years at university.

But Hambly, who will play for the Artichokes soccer team, said he was also focused on earning a degree in sports science.

“I would like to think I can progress with my football,” he added.

“If you’re successful, there is a draft system over there, where the MLS teams can pick from. But if not, there are semi-professional clubs, so there are plenty of opportunities and cannot wait to get there.”