Students net scholarship offer after impressing on US tour

TyneMet College Mens Football Academy in Orlando, USA.

TyneMet College Mens Football Academy in Orlando, USA.

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Young football students have netted a trip of a lifetime.

TyneMet College Men’s Football Academy took part the prestigious Disney International Soccer Tournament at the Wide World of Sports Complex, in Orlando, America.

The tournament was combined with visits to the theme parks and water parks, making for a memorable tour.

The students overcame hot temperatures, despite early kick offs, to progress through the group matches with wins over teams from Costa Rica, USA and Brazil.

In their group decider against competition favourites from Panama, the TyneMet side were on the wrong side of two red cards as they suffered a 2-1 loss.

In the semi final, they were defeated by a strong outfit from Palestine but a number of TyneMet players attracted interest from American college scouts.

One of the stars of the tournament, Reece Harrison, has now left for Oklahoma where he now begins a three to four year scholarship.

Academy Manager Marc Nash said: “This trip has been 15 months in the making but was worth everything and more to the students as they’ve had the time of their lives and more importantly inspired some to re-think the direction they are heading in.

“We are committed to giving our students experiences they won’t gain elsewhere which is why these trips are so important to us.”

Student Ciaran Fleming said: “I want to return to USA as quickly as possible so I’ve already applied for Camp America next year.”

Captain Jake Mitchell added: “The facility we played at was world class and seeing Seville FC training on the pitch next to us was incredible. Then we watched them play River Plate that evening in a friendly. That won’t happen every day.”