Sporting Chance USA would like to take this opportnity of welcoming an excellent Central Defender by the name of Sonny James. Standing 6’2″ tall, 17 year old Sonny makes an imposing figure in the centre of defence. He is a powerful ball winner both on the ground and in the air and possesses excellent positional sense. Technically he is a gifted player and is comfortable playing out from the back. He will always look to make a forward pass whenever possible and he has both pace and strength to bring the ball the ball out of defence and set up an attack. He is a very mature player for his age and is ideal captain material. He is the sort of player who instills confidence in all those around him. Sonny is currently a member of the Swindon Town FC Football in the Community programme, having also played at the Reading FC (English Championship) Youth Academy, Swindon Town FC (English League Div 2).
Sonny who lives in Swindon, Wiltshire, began playing soccer at the age of 6, joining his local junior club Old Town United. He then moved on to join Swindon Robins before his obvious talents were recognised by scouts from English professional soccer clubs and he was asked to join Reading FC Youth Academy u11s. Having spent two years at Reading he then moved on to join the Youth Academy at his hometown club Swindon Town FC u13s. After two years at Swindon Town, moved on to join Forest Green Rovers ( English League Div 1) Youth Academy u16s. Sonny has also spent time at the Wiltshire Football Academy, captaining the side whilst winning the South West Junior Premier League. He was voted the Player of the Year on three occasions. It is worth noting that Sonny is a Qualified Level 1 referee and is currently taking his FA Level 1 Coaching Badge. In 2022/2023 as well as playing for the Swindon Town FC FITC, Sonny will be playing for Royal Wootton Bassett u18s.
Academically, Sonny has a good set of GCSE qualifications and is currently studying for A-Level and BTEC qualifications at the Commonweal School, Swindon. When he moves to a US College in Fall 2023, Sonny will look to study a sport related Major.