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Sunday 20 August 2017

Drogheda league in US & Pompey scholarship link

The local ETP squads with Jim Conroy of Soccer Scholar USA at the official launch of the programme in Drogheda, with Keith Wallace and Mark Costigan
The local ETP squads with Jim Conroy of Soccer Scholar USA at the official launch of the programme in Drogheda, with Keith Wallace and Mark Costigan

Hubert Murphy

Soccer Scholar USA has joined forces with the Drogheda and District Schoolchildren's league to provide future playing and educational opportunities for players both in England and the USA.

The goal of Soccer Scholar USA is to assist young, ambitious student athletes in their goal to secure an education through football. Each year they take groups of players to the USA to play in a prestigious college recruitment tournament. This, along with challenge matches against top universities and MLS expansion teams, gives players maximum exposure. 

Additionally, Soccer Scholar's partnership with Portsmouth FC's education department 'Pompey ITC', will give players from the Drogheda region the chance to travel to England. This trip is mainly designed to show players the expected standard in the UK, but it is also an opportunity for them to play in front of top level coaches at the league 1 club.  

The new partnership was announced last Sunday evening at Parkview with Jim Conroy from Soccer Scholar explaining that he ran a scheme for 20 years with Colaiste Ide, which saw between 400 and 500 players obtain scholarships in the States. He says concentrating on education is vital and when players graduate doors open in the MLS and other leagues.

'This is our first link up with a league in Ireland,' Jim explained.

He added that American Colleges were now looking to bring in players from High School level as well, which could open doors for Transition Year students into the future. Keith Wallace from the Drogheda League said the tie up will be extnded out to players of all ages from the region, involved in the league or not.

'We are delighted to be involved and we'll have more details in the coming weeks on how players can become involved.'

The contact is Mark Costigan at 0868354608 or markcostigan@live.ie.

One player looking forward to August is former St Mary's man Jordan McEvoy. He has secured a four year scholarship at St Gregory's in Oklahoma, studying Sports Science. He played with Home Farm and Glebe North and is eagerly awaiting his years in the States. The latest development is seen as another significant boost for the Drogheda League as they recently signed an agreement deal with Drogheda United. It is hoped the combination of announcements will add to the profile of the league in the years to come.

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