Students head off to America with football scholarship

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Two Football Academy students who are currently studying at Seevic College, Runnymede Chase Benfleet, are off to America on football scholarships this summer after being spotted in recent trials.

Students Theo Cannon and Joshua Devlin both received the opportunity through trials with Future Elite Sport after they attended a speech back in 2015 held at the College. In order to get to where they are now they have had to do a long year of intense trials across the whole of the UK.

Theo -WebsiteTheo, 17, who is currently studying Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science, will be heading off to Feather River College in California to start his new journey in September.

The dedicated sportsman who plays in the right wing position will be studying Kinesiology during his time in California, alongside a high intensity sports training programme.

Steve Tilson, Head of Football at Seevic, referred to Theo as an ‘outstanding boy’.  He added: “Theo started in the College’s first team when he first came to Seevic in 2014.  Since then he has continued to be a valuable member throughout the two years.

“I am sure with the right coaching and determination from himself he could play at a very high level.”

Josh ---websiteJoshua, 18, who is currently studying A-Level Economics, Government and Politics and Physical Education, will be travelling to the other side of America - to Pennsylvania - where he will attend Mount Aloysius to study Business Administration.

When talking about the process Joshua said: “I was quite nervous but I knew, if I made it, the reward would be massive.

“Seevic helped me every step of the way and by training every day I now play to a much higher standard.”

Coach Danny Greaves started as Josh’s main coach in the third team at Seevic and said: “During the past two years Josh has progressed into the first team and has been an absolute joy to work with.

“He has a fantastic attitude and the right determination to do well. He has really epitomised the scheme which we have on offer here.”

Theo added “Seevic brought Future Elite Sport in to give us a talk and I would never have thought about it before that.  The opportunity is incredible and I feel like Seevic have really helped me to develop.”

Devlin was originally shortlisted by seven different universities and said: “Seevic prepared me for the pace of the trials, and for what it is going to be like out in America. I think this preparation really helped me get selected for the amount of universities that I did.”

Both of the boys competed in a range of different competitions with the College including the AoC National League, English Colleges Cup and the Essex Open Cup.

Seevic offers the students free access to its Nuffield Health gym, sporting facilities and expert coaching. All the coaches focus on the skills required, knowledge and match techniques. Coaches include Steve Tilson, former Southend United Manager and Danny Greaves, former Southend United player.

Cannon said: “The tutors have been in the football industry so they know what it is about and they can share their knowledge with us so we understand every element.

“They also help us adapt to different playing styles so we are ready for anything.”

Both Steve and Danny spoke very highly of the students saying: “We are proud of their achievements on and off the field. We wish them all the best for the future and look forward to welcoming them back to share their experiences with future students.”

To find out more about the sport that is offered at Seevic visit www.seevic-college.ac.uk/sixth-form/sport

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