Sporting Chance USA offers a warm welcome to central defender; Alan De Paula, who has joined our Fall 2023 Men’s Soccer programme.
Standing 6’4″ tall Alan presents an imposing figure to any would be attacker. He has both strength and pace and his recovery pace is rapid. For a 17 year old, Alan has an excellent understanding of defensive positional play and is a great organiser of his fellow defenders. He is without doubt future captain material. His height advantage enables him to aerially command his defensive area, it also gives him an advantage when attacking set plays in and around the opposition box.
Alan began playing soccer in his native Poland at the age of 5. He then moved to live with his family in the UK and began playing for Croft FC u8s in Swindon, Wiltshire. At the age of 9 he was invited to join Swindon Elite and also Wiltshire Advanced in the UK Junior Premier League. He remained at these clubs until the age of 16. Alan is now a member of the Swindon Town FC FITC First X1.
Academically Alan has a good set of GCSE qualifications and is currently studying for both A-Level and CTEC qualifications at The Commonweal School in Swindon, Wilts. When he moves to a US College in Fall 2023, he will be looking to study for a Business or Languages Major.