Cole to build on football skills at top US college

TyneMet College sport student Cole Dixon, 18, has been awarded a place on a soccer programme in Phoenix, Arizona.

TyneMet College sport student Cole Dixon, 18, has been awarded a place on a soccer programme in Phoenix, Arizona.

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A TEENAGER is preparing for a new life in America after securing a place at a top college.

Cole Dixon, a sports student at TyneMet College, has been awarded a place on a soccer programme to study on an associate degree in physical health and fitness at Scottsdale Community College in Phoenix, Arizona – one of the top junior college of its kind.

The 18-year-old from Newcastle, who studied on the BTEC Level 3 subsidiary diploma, won his scholarship on a recommendation from Pass4Soccer who work in association with the North East Sports Academy (NESA) at TyneMet.

Cole said: “I am really excited about going to study in the USA, my passion is to play football which I continued to do when I came to TyneMet through the North East Sports Academy.

“I know that I will have to study hard but I am prepared to do that to successfully achieve my two year programme and then move on to study for my Major Degree in Physical Health and Fitness.”

Pass4Soccer was established in 2003 with the aim of setting up an organisation to educate coaches, teachers, players and parents about scholarships in the USA and to help players who demonstrate a genuine desire to take up higher education and win a sport scholarship.

Daniel Gray, director of Pass4Soccer, said: “Cole is about to embark upon an exceptional academic and sporting journey.

“Superb support from TyneMet and NESA has allowed Cole to realise his dreams and gain a highly sought after place in the USA.

“He has been a pleasure to deal with over the last 12 months, a splendid example of the learners at TyneMet and I am sure he will excel in the USA.”

Mark McCutcheon, head of NESA, added: “I am delighted that Cole has been awarded this scholarship.

“Through NESA we strive to support and develop our students sporting ambitions and career aspirations.

“We have specialist coaches in many sporting disciplines and we develop individual training programmes that can be fitted into a student’s academic timetable.

“Cole is one of the many successful students that we have supported this year, each success is a testament to the high quality of coaching delivered by the professional and dedicated NESA team at TyneMet.”