Hope you are doing well
I just want to let you know that Alan really enjoys his stay in Powell, WY.
Studies go really well.
Football – team is doing really well. They are very competitive in the league this year.
Alan plays in every game and even managed to score twice
The away games, like the ones he is this weekend, are 700 miles away from Powell, so he is able to do some sightseeing as well
So yes, all is really great. Thank you for helping finding the right place for him.
*The only downside – flights are really pricey but we cannot have everything !
Again, thank you!
Monika De Paula, parent of Alan De Paula, (Soccer) Northwest College, Wyoming, Fall 2023.
Thanks for all your help in getting Jack to America. He’s settled in really well and they all love him like you said. He feels like a celebrity on Campus. He’s fitted in so well with the swim team which is great. They think he’s amazing! Not sure that’s good for his ego. I’ll send you a few photos.
Take good care of yourself.
Sarah Hill parent of Jack Hill (swimming) Ramapo College, New Jersey. Fall 2023.
My daughter Maddie was a promising goalkeeper as a 15/16 year old playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers RTC / Academy and represented West Midlands girls U16. During this time she played all over the country against the likes of MAN CITY, LIVERPOOL, EVERTON, MAN UTD, BRISTOL CITY, ASTON VILLA, BIRMINGHAM CITY. She then progressed once she turned 16 to the Wolves Ladies senior team where she made her first team debut a couple of weeks after her 16th birthday (making her the youngest player ever to represent Wolves Womens first team )
Once she expressed an interest in a Soccer scholarship in the USA we did some research and we were recommended to Phil @ Sporting Chance USA and the rest as they say is history. Phil guided us through the whole process and produced a football CV , match videos, training highlights he also helped us organise the SAT tests which are essential to obtain the academic side of the scholarship. Once Maddie had passed the SAT Phil emailed numerous colleges and universities and within a month Maddie was inundated with offers. She eventually chose Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania and apart from the initial lockdown in 2020 she hasn’t looked back. 2020 was a season only playing friendlies due to COVID travel restrictions in the USA
In 2021 Mercyhurst Lakers won the Pennsylvania championship and progressed to the nationals where they reached the last 16. Maddie was selected to the All Conference team and was named Defensive Player of the Year, as well as keeping up a 3.8 GPA. Maddie then stayed in the U.S this summer to play for Nashville Rhythm in the Womens Premier Soccer League. Nashville also won the Southern Conference and then went on to the last 4 in the finals losing to eventual winners California Storm in the semi final
Now back on campus Mercyhurst are joint top of Pennsylvania Conference and hoping to go a few steps further this year. Maddie currently has 9 clean sheets and is top of all goalkeeper rankings.
I would recommend Phil & Sporting Chance USA to anyone and would be happy for him to pass on my details to anyone who is unsure.
ANDY ELBRO – CONTRACTS DIRECTOR, TREMLETT & TURNER LTD.
Hope you are good, thank you so much for all your hard work in helping Hannah to achieve her dream. We had taken a step back and let her drive this with your help every step of the way, so proud of her. She has just landed in America she is super excited. Thank you so much, you have been absolutely amazing!
Gwynie Davie, parent of Hannah Marriott, Post University Women’s Soccer 2022
Hi Phil, Just wanted to say a massive thank you for helping Mitchell (Sowerby) find a place in RSU America. He hasn’t looked back since. Having completed his time in University he went on to be assistant coach there, director of the Owasso soccer club and coach to 3 teams. He also married a lovely American girl and has got his green card! Now he has just secured head mens soccer coach at Oklahoma University which he starts in a couple of months(he is only 25). Thank you so much for all your help all those years ago, I’m so proud of him!
Sandra Fleming parent of Mitchell Sowerby.
I just thought I’d update you on one of your projects.
3.5 years ago Sandy enrolled at Clemson University. She arrived home at Xmas having graduated in ‘Accounts & Finance’. You were absolutely right about flexibility in the USA – she started out studying ‘Chemical Engineering’ !
Anyway, your help and advice were invaluable. Clemson lived up to all their promises, Sandy loved her time there and came back a mature and rounded person. She has signed a professional contract with Everton which is being announced later today and is excited for the future
Best regards, Calum.
Calum McIver – parent of Sandy McIver (Women’s Soccer) Clemson University 2016 – 2019. Man City Ladies 2022 & Full England Lionesses squad .
My son Asher went to America through Sporting Chance USA in 2014. He graduated from University of Central Arkansas last year with a GPA is 4.0 and is due to get his MBA degree from the same university in December this year. He currently plays for Arkansas Wolves football club. I am really grateful for the guidance and support received from Phil (Selby) and rest of the team. Thank you.
I hope all is well. Nathan from Tiffin University here. Odun Obebe has started fantastically well for us here and we appreciate all of your help with getting him to the program. He is a top centre half and we actually passed the armband over to him recently after his performances and leadership qualities.
Nathan Jones – Men’s Soccer Coach, Tiffin University
Hi Phil, it’s been a little while since we last spoke. Hope you are keeping well. Annie our daughter is now in her second year at Pace University, and continues to absolutely love it. She had an amazing freshman swimming season, culminating in qualifying to swim three events at the NCAA National Championships, and was awarded the NE10 Rookie of the Year. Her swim coaching team are keen for Annie to build upon that amazing first season, and progress even further this year. We’re travelling out to the USA in February to support her at the NE10 Conference Championships and will keep in touch.
Rupert Keppel-Palmer, parent of Annabel Keppel-Palmer, Women’s Swimming, Pace University.
Just want to say thank you so much for helping me get my scholarship and all your help, I am flying out tomorrow and I will keep you updated!
Thank you again.
Mia Mugford (Women’s Soccer) Meridian College, Mississippi, Fall 2018.
Thanks for everything you have done. I appreciate all the hard work behind the scenes, you have made my dreams come true!
Marc Whyte (Men’s Soccer) Medaille College, Buffalo, Upper New York State, Fall 2018
Thanks for your email. I was holding back from emailing you with news until Annie had a few competitions under her belt but it looks like you are on-the-ball with regards to progress of your sportspersons! Annie is absolutely loving Pace University and has settled in very quickly, seems extremely popular with the whole swim team and beyond, and is grabbing every opportunity given to her whilst working hard at her studies.
Her swim and dry land training programme is excellent, and specifically designed to fit around her studies, which is great as it ensures that neither suffer. Additionally, the University assigns two mentor tutors per sportsperson for all athletes to ensure that they are able to manage their hectic schedule.
First meet of the season against two NCAA Division 1 teams – and Annie started well especially considering the squad are training hard and didn’t taper for this at all. The season picks up from now on in, so both we and her swim coach are very confident that she’ll continue to progress towards NCAA nationals.
Annie is back at Christmas for a small period of time before returning to a three week swim camp whilst the University is closed, preparing for the ECAC Championships in January. Thereafter the season hits the ‘sharp end’ with focus on performance peaking at the NE10 Champs, with the plan being to qualify for NCAA Nationals at that time.
Hoping you are well, and a belated massive thank you for your hard work in helping Annie to get to such a wonderful institution.
I’ll email again later on in the season with more news.
Rupert Keppel-Palmer – parent of Annabel (women’s swimming) Pace University, Fall 2017.
Just a quick one to say I’ve settled at Genesee very well playing in every game this year and starting twice, the two sophomore centre backs are decent and learning a lot! I’ve got 5 goals already this season including 3 in the last 4 games so making the most of my time out here, anyway thanks so much for the help I appreciate it and hope to hear what advice you may have for me when I leave here to go onto a 4 year school.
Adam Price (Soccer) – Genesee Community College, Fall 2017.
Just a quick note to say thanks for all your help and advice over the last year. Kyle is now settled in over in Tennessee and has said he’s really enjoying it.
He can’t wait until the season starts and is getting on really well with all his new team mates and Luke Winter the coach.
Gary & Anita
Gary & Anita Wynne – parents of Kyle Wynne (Soccer) Tennessee Wesleyan College, Fall 2017.
I hope this email finds you well.
Ben is now in his final month at Herkimer, and is really looking forward to moving on Belhaven in Jackson, Mississippi.
He has had a wonderful, and made some great mates, including Gary Speed’s lad, Eddie.
Whilst chances for Ben on the soccer pitch were limited, he has learned so much and worked with fantastic people, including his Coach, Pepe Aragon. His new coach in Belhaven is very keen to have Ben at Belhaven, both for his football ability and his academic performance.
Ben has made the ‘Who’s Who’ list for US students, and has been put forward for the Dean’s Student of the Year award. On top of that, he has been made a member of the ‘Phi Theta Beta’ society, and this has really helped him with his scholarship. The assistant coach is ex-Herkimer, and from Glasgow – so Ben gets on with Craig really well.
So two years on and Ben is loving the USA. We cannot thank you enough for making this possible Phil. If I can write a testimonial for you, I’d be delighted to do so. You have opened the door of opportunity for so many young people, and you should be so proud of your work. All the very best Phil
Ged Gibbons – parent of Ben Gibbons (Soccer) – Fall 2015
I hope this email finds you well. Well, James first year at Barton is over and what an incredible year he has had. He managed to get into a couple of finals at the Conference Championships including the top final for this 200m freestyle and he swam against Olympians. He also did well in his studies and finished in his Spring Semester with a GPA of 3.2. His scholarship has been good again which helps. He is looking forward to his second year and we are still grateful to you for the excellent information you gave us towards his journey into Barton.
Hazel Day – Parent of James Day (Swimming) Barton College, North Carolina, Fall 2016.
Thank you Phil!
Couldn’t have done it without you! … I am so so grateful for all your help and wish more people knew about the opportunities! I am going to Charleston Battery Soccer Club in South Carolina to be their Digital / Sideline Reporter and Content Producer … I’ve started with them already and love it! Hope you are well!
Poppy Miller (Women’s Soccer) – Graduated from University of South Carolina Beaufort 2017. TV Presenter for Media Giant CBS Sport HQ. 2021 / 2023.
It’s hard to believe that Kieran is now approaching the end of his first year at Kenyon College.
We have just returned from Houston where Kieran was competing the NCAA div 3 championships. It was an amazing experience for us as well as Kieran. The parents group are very welcoming and enthusiastic. Kenyon came second which was a good result this year so lots of celebration as you can see in the pictures below. Kieran is also enjoying and doing well with his studies too. The Div 3 balance and liberal arts education works perfectly for kieran and we would not have appreciated that without your advice.
Catherine Allsop. Parent of Kieran Allsop (Men’s Swimming) – Kenyon University, Ohio – Fall 2016.
Just wanted to give you an update on Seb and say many thanks for your part in helping Seb achieve his goals (if you’ll excuse the pun). It’s been a great year for Seb in the USA and we are very happy he chose the option of the USA instead of continuing with the offers from teams he received in the UK. When he first got to the USA and his team we thought he would be on the bench to start as you can’t always expect to just walk into a team. He worked hard in preseason and was giving the number 2 jersey by his coach. From there he went from strength to strength and solidified his place as starter in the team in every game apart from missing a couple of games through injury. He ended the season as one of the leading full backs in the whole of the NAIA, with more shots on goal and was one of the only freshman to start all games and become a regular in the team. We would have been happy with just solidifying his starting place but since then he has received several interests from clubs that are keeping an eye on him. Ex Chelsea FC legend Alan Hudson along with Alan’s son who is an international scout has recommended him to the Seattle Sounders and West Bromwich Albion and we have also had news that Stoke City are keeping an eye on him. As well as this he has recently signed for Albuquerque Sol FC in the Professional Development League where he will be playing against many MLS U23 teams and has an excellent opportunity to show case his football playing in front of thousands of fans. So for an 18 year old that set his dreams on the USA, we as parents have to say he’s made the right choice and although not fully accomplished his dreams yet, he is still on the right road to achieving them with the added bonus of having great experiences and the safety net of earning a degree.
Matthew Gray parent of Sebico Gray, Waldorf University, Ohio. – Fall 2016
Kieran headed off to USA this morning.
We will join him in a week’s time when all the other freshmen arrive to check he has settled in. He’s totally chilled and looking forward to a great adventure.
I just wanted to say thank you for helping to make this happen.
Have a good summer
Catherine Allsop. Parent of Kieran Allsop (Men’s Swimming) – Kenyon University, Ohio – Fall 2016.
I thought you might be interested to learn that Victoria graduated from Texas A&M Commerce University in May. She is going to complete another season out there as she was red shirted the first year and is doing a masters in school psychology. Last season she managed to get all American honours and it’s been a life changing experience for her and I think she will remain in the states if work opportunities arise. This is just a quick note to say thank you for all your help getting her there.
Sam Back, parent of Victoria Back (Women’s Soccer) – Texas A&M Commerce University.
I am not sure what feedback you get regarding the boys once they get over to the States but as my wife and I are over here visiting Sam I thought that I would take the opportunity to update you.
As you may know Genesee had a great season, they won every game up to the regional play offs and got to the Nationals, ranked as the top team in D3. Sam played in every game and loved every minute of it. They got to the Nationals where they were unexpectedly beaten by a team from Boston. The boys were gutted.
As you will be aware this semester is all about the college work but Sam and two other Genesee boys have been signed for the local professional team Rochester River Dogz who play in the National Premier Soccer League. They have been given permission by Genesee to play as the season starts in May after the end of this semester.
Just wanted to bring you up to date and thank you for your part in giving Sam this great opportunity which he is thoroughly enjoying!
Simon King – Parent of Sam King (Men’s Soccer), Genesee Community College, Fall 2015
“I was playing semi-professional football in England but wasn’t enjoying it, so I spoke to Phil about potentially going to America. I went to a showcase and got offers from a few American colleges. I chose to go to Genesee Community College to get used to America, as my grades weren’t the greatest out of high school. Phil told me that I’d excel at Genesee.
I was a two year starter, scoring 5 goals and getting 10 assists. I am now going to be playing for Buxmont Torch in the NPSL in Pennsylvania. They will pay for me to have a host family who will take care of my accommodation and food, so I get a free summer playing football!!
In Fall 2016 I’ll be transferring to Delta State University in Mississippi, playing in the NCAA D2 on a full scholarship. Without Phil this wouldn’t have been possible.
Once again thank you for giving me the opportunity to change my life.”
Mitchell Robinson (Men’s Soccer) Genesee Community College – Fall 2014
I hope all is well, and you have successfully negotiated opportunities for this year’s ‘Sporting Chance USA’ cohort.
Ben is loving Herkimer! He is working really hard in the gym, and doing additional weights work. He is off up to Toronto for Spring Break with some of his team mates, so they’ll be doing a bit of bonding whilst having a laugh.
After the break, they have a number of friendlies (do they call them scrimmages?!) with a series of Div 1 and Div 2 universities, including Syracuse, the university Ben Polk went to from Herkimer before making the MLS Draft and being signed up by MLS champions Timberland Wolves! What an inspiration for any of your charges!
Keep up the great work, Phil. We remain so grateful to you for this life-changing opportunity.
Sincere best wishes
Ged Gibbons –Parent of Ben Gibbons (Men’s Soccer), Herkimer College, Fall 2015
Just wanted you to know that Jack completes his BA next week & has been invited to stay at The University of Mary to do his Masters, just sorting his I20. He has been doing some coaching at the local high school & has attained a job as executive director at Dakota United – really has done well. He is also hopeful of getting the GA post to support his studies. It is all thanks to you, yes it has taken a while but has been really worth everything. Many, many thanks,
Donna & David West.
Parents of Jack West (Men’s Soccer) Genesee Community College & University of Mary.
I hope you are well.
I’m sure you’ve heard about the success Toby and Joe have had this year both are doing well at school and excelling on the field. IVC won the OEC without losing a game.
We are looking for top level players to continue our success and tradition and we are currently ranked 14th in the nation. Let me know if you have any players you could recommend.
Tom Lancaster – Irvine Valley College Men’s Soccer, Northwood High Boys Soccer, California.
Long time no speak. I hope all is well. I’m still enjoying my time here in the US. I am currently the Graduate Assistant Coach with St Catharine College men’s soccer in Kentucky, doing my Masters Degree! I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you and all the hard work Sporting Chance USA does, so I am very thankful for the opportunity you gave me in 2010, and how fitting that I am writing this email to you a few days before thanksgiving.
Everything is going well here. We’re looking at recruiting for next year and need a couple players. If you could get back to me soon it would be great to hear from you and we can talk more about players for next year.
I look forward to hearing from you and once again thank you for everything!
Harry Mason – Graduate Assistant Coach, St Catharine College Mens Soccer, Kentucky.
I hope all is well? Just an email to update you how things are going over in America for me, due to your service and help from Sporting Chance USA.
First of all I couldn’t describe how good you were with organising and sorting out everything with my process of coming over here to America I thank you and your whole staff.
Since my arrival, everything has been good very well and I’m loving it over here. The people and the system is very good, it has been very busy as I remember you telling me, I went straight into pre-season training 3 times a day and sorting out few documents with the school and registering for classes it was a busy last few months.
In regards the soccer season I have played in all games during the season but they have a system of making unlimited substitutes as players can come off and back on again and to play all players within one match In there leagues as it was something I was never used to seeing or that I knew of also I’ve been getting back some good feed-back from everyone ,I ended my season with 4 shoots on target and 4 or 5 assist from left back.
I also helped the team and we made it to the semi-final regionals on my first season with them
So in terms for now, all my classes are going with a 3.50 GPA and I’m continuing with classes to finish the first semester. Therefore for the second semester, I’ll continue with classes and keep ready fit for the next season.
Otherwise I couldn’t be any happier to be a part of this and have an experience as a student athlete.
Amadou Barry (Men’s Soccer) – Iowa Lakes Community College – Fall 2015.
Just a quick email really to update you on how things are going with Joe and to thank you for helping him get there.
He has settled into Irvine Valley College well, is sharing an apartment with 3 others and despite a few injuries is back on track and really loving it
Academically, it’s very complicated and the boys are very different in what they want to do. Joe’s plans are to transfer after 2yrs (so he is aiming for 60 transferrable credits) and complete a bachelors degree after IVC. He’d like to go into law/legal, so has been getting advice on that.
Finally, I hope business is good with you. You always told it like it was and I appreciated your honesty.
Ms Jan Nugara (parent of Joseph Ferguson) Men’s Soccer at Irvine Valley College, California – Fall 2015.
Hope that you are well.
Things are going great for me here, our team is having a great season and I’ve managed to get myself a starting place in the team at center back, it is a new position for me but I am loving it and feel I have adapted well. Off the pitch I’ve also met some amazing people and I am loving every second of being here, thank you for asking, it would have never been possible without all of your help, I am very thankful.
Sam King (Men’s Soccer) – Genesee College, New York State – Fall 2015
I trust this email finds you well.
Rachel & I have just come back from visiting the states for a month and spent 8 days catching up with Aaron at Slippery Rock so we thought we would give you an update.
We are pleased to say that Aaron has settled in extremely well and is really enjoying his time at the uni. The uni itself is fantastic and it has amazing facilities set in an amazing environment.
Aaron has settled into the squad very well and has already built up a good relationship with the lads and with his new room-mate George, from Huddersfield.
Thanks again Phil.
Paul Lambert (parent of Aaron Lambert) – Men’s Soccer at Slippery Rock University, Fall 2015.
Just thought I’d email you to keep in touch and let you know that I’m loving every minute out here and to thank you again for your help along the way. We started off the season really strong but started slipping the last couple games. Just got to pick it up and focus on conference tournament!
Thanks again Phil.
Ben Clements (Men’s Soccer) – Tennessee Wesleyan College , Fall 2015
I got my visa approved yesterday and I leave for Florida on Wednesday the 19th. I’ll be four days late but I’ve already contacted the Coach and all is well.What you’re doing might be considered a business but you’re actually touching lives and making dreams come true and I can speak for myself. Division II or Division III might seem like nothing to some, but to many it’s everything and to most it’s just enough. I never thought I would get a sports scholarship, let alone play football at this level.For me this whole process was impulsive, I was looking for a way out and I found your website You have given me a new outlook on life and a new belief in myself. I’ll be sure to spread the word about Sporting Chance USA.Thank you for all the help Phil! God Bless you.
Smyekh David West (Men’s Soccer) – University of Tampa, Florida, Fall 2015.
Ben is off to Herkimer next Wednesday, and your comments have helped ease that inevitable sense of anxiety shared by us all – not least of all, Ben!
I still recall our meeting in the hotel off the M62 back in the first week of January, when you told Angie, Ben and myself that Ben would be on a ‘plane on August – and Angie thought August 2016!!
It has been one hell of a learning curve, and your help, guidance and encouragement have helped steer us through those potentially stormy waters.
Ben has worked hard in the summer to ensure his physical condition gives him the best chance. I know there is a mixture of excitement and trepidation for Ben. We hope and pray that that the opportunity for Ben to prove himself avails itself to him.
We shall keep you posted!!
Many thanks, and sincere best wishes
Ged Gibbons – parent of Ben Gibbons (Men’s Soccer) – Herkimer College, New York State, Fall 2015.
Many, many thanks for all your support and efforts in getting Aaron to the U.S. He can’t wait to go and I’m sure it will be a huge success for him.
Everything you have done has been in a professional manner, you have kept us fully informed, told us exactly what we needed to know and in an honest and open way. We could not of asked for anything more.
Many thanks again and we will stay in touch.
Paul Lambert – parent of Aaron Lambert (Men’s Soccer) – Slippery Rock University, Fall 2015.
Thank you very much for all your help. Arrived in Hutchinson last Saturday and I’m having a great time! Sammy the head coach is really nice and preseason training is intense!
Thank you again,
Georgia Warren (Women’s Soccer) – Hutchinson Community College, Kansas. Fall 2015
Remember me?! You helped me on my way to getting a scholarship in Field Hockey at Michigan State University almost five years ago. Well, a few weeks ago I graduated with a Bachelor in Social Sciences and in 2 weeks I am heading to Virginia to do my Masters and also be a Graduate Assistant in Field Hockey at Lynchburg College for 2 years.
I really enjoyed my 4 years playing at MSU – I played in every game and was a constant starter for the last 3 years. We won the Big Ten Tournament in Nov 2013, I was named a defensive player of the week in October 2013, after beating our in state rivals Michigan 3-2 and I scored 2 of the goals. In 2013, we also reached the Elite Eight, only to be beaten by the NCAA champs UConn. I was also on the ‘players to watch list’ last season.
I have had such a wonderful experience, I really do not want to come back to Scotland! I am hoping that in 2 years time, my Masters and the GA experience will help me secure a job coaching field hockey in the States.
Thank you for everything that you did for me in 2010/11 and I wish you continued success in helping others achieve their dream – mine has come true!
Jenni Smith (Field Hockey) Michigan State University – 2010/2011.
Matthew has had a wonderful first year in the States. He played virtually every minute of every game in his freshman year and Kentucky lost narrowly in the semi-finals having never reached the play offs before. He has achieved 4.0 academic rating and is loving everything there, he also now has an American girlfriend which no doubt helps!
He is not coming home this summer as he has obtained a coaching job via UK Soccer International and flies to LA for two weeks company training early June. He will then be coaching at kids soccer camps all over the States through to August when he returns for pre- season training at Kentucky.
He is already talking about a Masters at the end of his course and hoping to get into one of the top sports universities and act as an Assistant Coach to their soccer team in exchange for a scholarship for a Masters course.
Just wanted to thank you for all your help in initially steering Matt in the right direction last year, we are hoping to go out there in September this year as if we don’t looks like we won’t meet him again for a while except on Skype!!
Thanks again and best wishes.
Jayne and Alan Hickingbotham (parents of Matthew Hickingbotham – Men’s Soccer at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Fall 2014)
Hard to believe it was 5 years ago I attended your showcase! I am delighted to tell you that I will have the opportunity to continue playing, I am headed to a combine in Florida I got invited to and then jetting off to Cyprus to trial with some pro teams.
Thanks again for the chance you gave me 4 years ago, I have gained experience and knowledge I never thought I could achieve and grown into a man.
Gary McMeekin – (Men’s Soccer) Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Hi John and Phil
It’s Nicole Johnston who went to Radford University for Soccer and then transferred to University of Montevallo and I am nearing my end of the college career. I have had such an amazing time out here and couldn’t thank you guys enough for all your help. I was just wondering if you had any contacts for summer soccer teams as I am looking to stay out here or in Canada or even another country to play for this summer and coach as well.
If you have any contacts that could help me find a team that would be amazing.
Nicole Johnston (Women’s Soccer) – University of Montevallo, Alabama.
Just emailing to inform you all that I am grateful for the help in getting me over to America. There were lots of decisions to be made throughout the process and your guidance and experience has helped me to make which I know right now, is the right one.
I have been in Durango for nearly 3 weeks now and love it already. People are friendly, the football is good and I am enjoying the experience of living in a different country and experiencing their culture. Classes start on Monday, and I plan to apply myself with just as much determination and focus as I do with football to my studies.
Isaac Currie (Men’s Soccer) – Fort Lewis University, Colorado, Fall 2014.
I’ve been in the US almost three weeks now and I just wanted to let you know that I love it here already.
I’ve fit right into the squad and made plenty of new friends, everyone has made me feel welcome and they’re all so friendly. I played in my first game yesterday and won 5-1, so it’s a good start to the season. Just wanted to say thank you to you and John for all the work you’ve put in to make it possible for me to be out here playing football.
All the best and thank you.
Connor Bryan (Men’s Soccer) – Williams Baptist College, Arkansas – Fall 2014
This is to let you know that Ella has completed her first week at Converse College and has today (finally) be granted her amateur athletic status by the NCAA.
I travelled with her to the USA and was made to feel very welcome by the faculty and Coach John Constable. The campus is breathtaking and the brand spanking new multi-million dollars sports facilities even more-so!!!!
The CC Soccer Valkyries have started the season in a strong manner and have won their first 2 games. I have ‘friended’ their page on facebook and they give daily updates of what the girls are up to including pictures and video interviews etc. There are already many pics of Ella and her team mates, have a look. They will also be able to live stream games soon.
We would like to thank you for your support and hope that some of Ella’s past team mates come to you to similarly help them.
All the best
Christine Galbraith – parent of Ella Ritchie (Women’s Soccer) – Converse College, South Carolina – Fall 2014
Hi hope you are both well Marcus is loving the USA – Kansas, he’s been training from 5.30 in the morning to 4-o’clock, Marcus is doing really well in training & got freshman of the week from the coach, even after sleeping through his alarm one training session, they put this down to jet lag.
Marcus played the full 90 mins of his first soccer match (which was unheard of & had never been done before by a freshman) the score was 4-4.
It’s only been two weeks Marcus has been to a professional baseball & football game, out for meals, whilst I was face timing him Friday night, a bunch of girls knocked on his door & invited him to a pool party at their house!
The academic side Marcus was a bit worried about, however, after his first week all is fine & it’s not a difficult as he thought it would be, although he did fall asleep in his English lesson (all those early morning training session).
I would like to thank you both on behalf of Marcus & myself for giving him this opportunity, & for all your hard work & support to make it all happen.
I will keep you both updated, as its early days yet!
Colette Robinson – parent of Marcus Robinson (Men’s Soccer), St Mary’s University, Kansas – Fall 2014
Just a quick mail to let you know how Bruce is getting on.
Arrived last Sunday, so now done his first week, so far so good.
Everything at the college seems really good, great facilities, friendly teammates, good food and he’s been well looked after.
Soccer standard he says is very good, training 3 times a day at the moment, great sessions (lost 9lbs in weight through sweating basically!!).
As you said at the time, it’s closest thing to playing pro without playing pro, they seem really well looked after.
Academic side is very good too, he even seems to be enjoying this.
Skyped him last night and he seems very relaxed about everything, getting out and about with his new mates, it seemed like he’s been there for months.
Anyway, early days and all that, but the early signs seem to be so much better than I imagined they’d be.
I’d like to thank you both for all your help and guidance through the process, being able to speak to someone who’s been through it (as a parent and as a player and beyond) really made all the difference, the last showcase we came to where Billy spoke to us all really made our minds up that it was the right route to follow.
Many thanks, and I’ll keep you posted on how things are going.
Andy Kitchen – parent of Bruce Kitchen (Men’s Soccer) Piedmont College, Georgia – Fall 2014.
Hi there Phil
A quick update for you. A very happy Jack is now in New York (4.5 mile run around Manhattan at 06.00 this morning!) and will be at KWC on Saturday late afternoon. He is buzzing for the new challenge coming up.
Many thanks for your help.
All the best
Terry Allen – parent of Jack Allen (Men’s Soccer) , Kentucky Wesleyan College, Fall 2014.
Like many other parents I am sure, when we were first told by our Son that there was a company who could help him get a university soccer scholarship in America, we were at best sceptical, at worst thinking no chance.
However, from our first discussions with Phil from Sporting Chance USA, it was clear that this was a very professional set up and that they had the most important thing we did not have which was the contacts in the US universities.
Even after signing up and reluctantly parting with our money, we were still very unsure if they could deliver what they had promised. We have to say they delivered more than we ever expected, five offers within 2 weeks of Matt’s profile being actively marketed by the team and Phil and John were always available to offer advice and guidance to ensure Matt got the right offer to suit the football he wanted as well as the academics.
We have no hesitation in saying that Phil, John and all the team at Sporting Chance USA gave us a great service, not only up to the point of securing a place but also afterwards with help and advice on completing the follow up contacts and paperwork. We would certainly never have achieved the outcome we did without their help and they have ensured Matt can now take up a fantastic opportunity over the next four years doing exactly what he hoped to do. You can’t really ask for a better result than that!
Jayne & Alan Hickingbotham – parents of Matt Hickingbotham (Men’s Soccer), Kentucky Wesleyan College, Fall 2014.
Phil & John
I wanted to send you an email to say thank you again for the help that you have done this year with Matt and Jack as well as the work you did for Gary in the past. Hopefully we can continue to have a great relationship with KWC and Sporting Chance USA. I have worked with a lot of recruiting services both here in the states and internationally and Sporting Chance USA has been the most organized and helpful I have worked with. You have a great reputation which I will continue to support in the future.
Please follow us through the upcoming season, especially since this will be Gary’s final season for us. He is not only a success for KWC and Sporting Chance USA but also as an individual who has benefitted from the hard work that he has put in on the field and in the classroom. The goal is to have Gary and his fellow seniors go out on top and perform at the best of their abilities, Matt and Jack should be a big help in reaching this goal.
John Fusco – Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro, Kentucky.
Everything is sorted now John. Got my acceptance from NCAA & UIW, got my visa and sorted my flight! It’s just a waiting game now. Once again, me and my family can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done for me. This dream wouldn’t have been possible without you and Phil!
Ryan Osborne (Mens Soccer) – University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio Texas – Fall 2014
Dear John and Phil
Am sure you are both busy as always….just wanted to let you both know that Jess is home after her first year at LIU Brooklyn and has loved being part of the Blackbirds squad….she has been understudy to a very successful GK there so has only played in one game last season BUT has very much been part of the squad, trained hard and travelled to all the matches. She will hopefully get more games next season as the previous GK has graduated.
Jess made the NEC 2013 Academic Honour Roll, had a pre-season trip to Las Vegas last Fall and is heading for some pre-season matches in San Francisco this August! Not a bad life….
Thanks again for your help in getting Jess out there and experiencing all of this,
Sue and Jess Montrose
I just wanted to thank you so much for your help again. I’m in process of being accepted into Tiffin University for the Fall 2014, and I also got my Associates Degree. I just graduated from Lincoln College, I thought I might share this with you.
Again thank you so much! I have no words to describe how thankful I am for giving me opportunities and helping me out with searching schools. Thank you and I wish you all the best.
Karolina Siwiec – Lincoln College, Illinois, Fall 2012.
Just wanted to send you a quick message to say “thank you” for your help in recruiting Eilidh Thomson…
She and her family have been a real pleasure to meet during the recruiting process and their recent visit was a total gem!
We definitely made the right decision to pursue her…
I know the initial recruiting agencies often get lost in the shuffle, but I wanted to take a minute just to acknowledge your efforts, as well…
We really appreciate all you do!
Have a great day.
Lawrence Amar – Assistant Field Hockey Coach, Kent State University, Ohio.
Wishing you a very happy New year, I hope you had a good one! Just wanted to message and say thank you for putting me in touch with the opportunity of playing out here in the States and getting my education too. It was a big decision to make and I’m more than grateful you convinced me to, it’s fantastic out here and I will be trying my hardest to stay, so thank you! I’ve had three very successful years after a shaky freshmen year and now hopefully I’ll be getting something in the draft next week, although I am very aware that I may be overlooked due to my foreign status for being drafted.
Hope you are well and good luck with 2014 and the new players!
All the best
Tim Hopkinson (Men’s Soccer) – Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.
Jack Bailey here from the Sporting Chance USA class of 2010.
I hope you are doing well. I have just completed my 4 years of Soccer with Limestone College, South Carolina, going to the NCAA tournament, winning 4 conference titles and finishing 2nd in the college history for goals scored and assists.
I played PDL in Florida and New York in the past two summers and did really well, competing in the US open cup before losing to eventual semi-finalists; Orlando City pro team. I scored 3 goals in the competition.
Just this week I have found out I have been invited to the USL pro and NASL pro combine, I also have interest from Europe as well to pursue my career after College.
I will be going to the combines in January for hopefully a chance to get a professional contract in the U.S.
I would like to thank you for getting me over to the States, as I heard from my coaches that I was one of the hardest people to get over (for doing terrible on the SATs and all my eligibility paperwork that was tough).
Thanks for everything Phil and hope you have a great Christmas, I am looking forward to your reply.
Jack Bailey (Men’s Soccer) – Limestone College, South Carolina – Fall 2010.
Good morning, Phil
I have got wonderful news! Ms. Scatliffe have been written me, I am officially admitted to University of the Pacific!! I will receive my letter this week. I am so happy! Now the only thing I should do is to make a visa.
Thank you very much, Phil! Despite all obstacles and a little time, I enter the University with your help!
Daria Labintseva (Women’s Tennis) Yekaterinburg, Russia – to University of the Pacific, California, January 2014.
Hi John & Phil,
Hope you’re both well.
Great news! Yesterday I watched Sam and his team the Timberwolves lift the Trophy for the Division 3 Regional Championship against TC3 Panthers !!!
Sam was on fire and set up the assist for the only goal in the match. Coach Jepson has created a real quality team here!
I have to thank you again so much for all you have done to facilitate Sam’s move to ACC. He is having the time of his life and playing soccer at a very high standard!
Jonathan Kersh – parent of Sam Kersh, (Men’s Soccer) Adirondack CC, New York State, Fall 2013
Hi John/ Phil
I want to say thank you so much for helping Brad live his dream. He is really settled over in the States and has found his feet quickly.
He arrived on Sunday 11th August after a long flight to Philadelphia then on to Rochester. He loves the house he’s staying in and is living with 8 others in his soccer team.
The soccer team have played 4 games up to yet and he’s started every one. He is loving it! He is working very hard at his studies and on his soccer.
I can’t tell you how happy he is to be doing what he loves best!
Thanks for making it happen!
Jo Rodda (Brad’s mum) – Genesee Community College, Batavia New York State – Fall 2013.
Just a big thank you for all you have done for Elliot, he will be in New York, this time tomorrow. Delighted with how it all worked out, fingers crossed all goes well.
Many thanks, again.
David Wakefield, parent of Elliot Wakefield – (Men’s Golf), Nyack University, New York, Fall 2013
Hey guys, I’d just like to say a massive thank you to both of you who have represented me for Sporting Chance USA to the different coaches and correspondents! It has made so much difference and has been the making of me going to the USA. Tomorrow I head off early from Manchester to JFK where I’ll be met by my roommate and a few days later I’ll be moving into my athletes accommodation on the 19th!
So just a quick email to thank you both for helping to make this opportunity available to me to further my sporting career. I couldn’t have done it without your advice and help so thank you!
Abi Sawyer – (Field Hockey) – LIU POST, New York, Fall 2013
Hope you are both well and apologies for not writing to you earlier. I know Adam has spoken to you on his return this summer to give you his own update. Looking at your website I noted one of your slogans is ‘Changing Lives Forever!’ In Adam’s case that has been true. There was no doubt after 10 years of playing UK Academy football, that Adam would have no problem in getting a soccer opportunity in the States but, he has also thrived academically. In his first year at Santa Barbara City College in California he was ever present and was awarded the accolade of Athlete of the Year (all sports). In addition, he also received an award – Phi Theta Kappa Membership, this being given to him by the College President! Only a few students receive this and it helps when securing a university place.
To be honest if anything, I thought he may struggle with the academic challenges but he has applied himself both on and off the field in a positive and mature manner and was rewarded for his efforts.
Last August, I attended the pre-season training for a week and was impressed with the facilities and coaching. I also had the opportunity to meet other parents and discussed their son’s journey to arrive out in California. I realised that coming to you at Sporting Chance USA had offered us real value for money in your personal approach, advice, direction and encouragement that you gave while at the same time pushing Adam to follow the necessary procedures required to achieve the goal of securing a place in the USA.
Great job, you were right – hard work still has its rewards!
John L Colton (parent of Adam Colton) Santa Barbara City College, California – Men’s Soccer 2012/2013
Hi John and Phil,
Hope you are both well. Just a quick email to say a HUGE thank you for your support and help with Jess’s transfer. After her experience at UCONN and an anxious phone call from me to you John, you were extremely helpful and proactive….particularly as I know you do not usually get involved with transfers. This was above and beyond on your part and very much appreciated!
Jess is currently back in the US staying with friends before she heads to LIU on August 4th for a weeks pre-season in Las Vegas! (it’s a hard life….) She is very much looking forward to starting a whole new adventure in the USA.
Sue and Jess Montrose (Women’s Soccer)
I leave on the 31st July and I would just like to say thanks for everything Phil and John have done for me, it means a lot.
Jordan Gilmore – (Men’s Soccer), Marshalltown Community College, Iowa – Fall 2013
Thank you very much for your kind words! I’m very excited to head out in August! I will try my best to keep you guys updated with my progress throughout the year!
Thanks again for all your help!
Fiona and family
Fiona Donnelly – (Women’s Swimming) Virginia Tech University – Fall 2013.
Just giving you an update on Oliver’s progress as his 1st swimming season comes to an end.
He has enjoyed an amazing time to date and has just competed in his 1st A10 Conference Championship where he broke 4 school records and an all-time Conference record in the 200 fly.
His training has gone really well and he is also working hard on his academics. The American way of life seems to suit him very well!!
Gary Keegan – parent of Oliver Keegan Fall 2012 (Men’s Swimming) George Washington University, Washington DC.
I apologise that it’s been a while. As you know it’s a little difficult to settle in out here. Only going home for Christmas break and then coming back, I have truly become settled. Firstly I’d like to personally thank you for all your hard work in making sure I got out here, you did a really excellent job and I’ll be forever in your debt for your hard work and determination in making this transaction happen. I thought I’d let you know how I got on in the first semester and how I’m doing at the start of this one. I only got to play 7 games because it took forever for me to get cleared. But once I did, I played every minute of every game. It’s a little quite out here in Kansas but the people are lovely. I’m currently majoring in Healthcare Management which is going to have a very promising future. I just thought I’d let you know how I’m getting on and how much I appreciate what you did for me.
Thank you again.
Chaz Pitman (Men’s Soccer 2012) – St Mary’s University, Kansas.
Hi John and Phil
Just a quick email saying thanks for helping me find this university and giving me this opportunity to come and study over here in the USA.
Thanks from me and my family.
Ben Wilks; Tennessee Wesleyan College – Fall 2012.
Dear Phil & John
This card comes with heartfelt gratitude for making our son, Josh Roberts, dreams come true. The year since joining you has at times been a struggle, at times been an easy path. However, you have been there every step of Josh gaining his scholarship in the USA. He has settled well and is enjoying every second. We cannot thank you enough. Without Sporting Chance USA, boys with talent such as Josh, will miss out on opportunities and life’s chances. Thank you!
Dafydd and Amanda Roberts – Josh Roberts’ family
I arrived safely in Rochester, NY after a long flight, bit of trouble at Heathrow when we arrived as there was a fire scare and we all got evacuated at about 4am, which was not the best, when I was very tired and hungry. Everything else went fine and flew through immigration at Washington Airport. I was about an hour wait for my connecting flight onto Rochester, which all went smoothly. I couldn’t believe the size of their airports though, massive! Coach Gavin collected me and sorted me out and took me to Wal Mart to pick up some bit and pieces. He’s really friendly. I am their first soccer player to arrive, so there’s not been too much to do apart from class registration and placement tests, which I did yesterday.
Just wanna say thanks to you and John for making this happen, I never really though I would be out here, when I applied last year, the facilities at Genesee look fantastic for a “small college” even though it looks pretty big to me. I’ve done a little bit of personal training on our home pitch today and it feels great and its nice and hot here. This is a wonderful opportunity you have helped pave the way for and I just can’t wait to get started now. Thank you.
George Anthony (Men’s Soccer) – Genessee College, New York State – Fall 2012
It’s Lewis Bush from Norwich. Just to inform you, I’m having a brilliant time and all is well with my grades and football. I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity the day you walked into Easton College.
Lewis Bush, Men’s Soccer, Southwestern Christian College, Oklahoma – Fall 2012.
Hello Phil and the whole Sporting Chance USA crew,
I am really sorry for writing this late to you, but I am really enjoying myself here, in US. I love it here and it was the greatest decision I have ever made in my life. I wouldn’t be able to do this without your help. I really want to thank you all of you for helping me with everything that managed to get me here. Thank you so much again. There are no words to describe how happy I am, even my Mum looks at me and says that she have never seen me as happy as I am now. Everything is going well for me, swimming and school education, it is amazing. Thank you so much again. I am happy to hear from you.
Best Wishes to all of you.
Karolina Siwiec (Women’s Swimming) – Lincoln College, Illinois, Fall 2012.
Hi John and Phil
Hope all is well back home and the business is still growing well! Just wanted to say thanks so much for the e-mail last week! Coach Zensen mentioned he’d spoken to you but I wasn’t sure what he would have said, cause he has a great sense of humour too! It was fantastic hearing those comments from him, and I have to admit that it’s a great feeling knowing that I stuck it out and it has all paid off! I’ve just received notice that I have been nominated Defensive Player of the Year by the AAC conference so all is going well at the minute! A big thank you to you both for helping me realise where my future was last year… It’s taken time for me to get round to emailing you both, but I am truly grateful for your support over the past year!
Once again, thank you so much, and if you need help during any of the showcases, I’d be happy to help you guys out and try to return some of the favours you helped me with!
Josh Oldroyd – Men’s Soccer, Bryan University, Tennessee, Fall 2011.
SANDY ZENSEN – ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT BRYAN COLLEGE TN – COMMENTS ON JOSH OLDROYD – NICE ONES!
By the way, Josh Oldroyd, has truly developed to be a fine GK. He has trained hard and made the corrections to his game we’ve pushed him to make. He is strong, a good deal quicker, positioning has improved, hands more sure, and maybe most important, he is confident, commanding his box. And….he is a great, young man – a wonderful sense of humour, a solid student, respectful, etc. Send us more like him!
Many thanks for helping us get this far! Jessica is off on the 2nd of August, so it’s getting very exciting!
We will keep you informed of her progress and obviously contact you if/when we require any questions answering!
You have been very supportive and professional, so thank you for doing everything you promised to do! John – I hope you’re well on the road to recovery now and not working TOO hard?!
Andrew & Susan Montrose parents of Jessica Montrose (Women’s Soccer) University of Connecticut – Fall 2012
Just a brief note to thank you for all your hard work on my behalf. Please pass on my thanks to John and Elaine.
I leave on Saturday and will keep you guys updated.
Thank you again for this opportunity.
Adam Thomas (Men’s Soccer) – Northwood University, Michigan – Fall 2012
Dear John and Phil
Just to let you know that Jess arrived safely in the US yesterday, is at UCONN campus and loving it already!
Thank you for all your help and advice, which has enabled the whole process to run smoothly and has allowed Jess to fulfil her dream!
We will keep you informed of her big adventure!
Thanks again and best wishes.
Andrew & Susan Montrose parents of Jessica Montrose (Women’s Soccer) University of Connecticut - Fall 2012
This is just a quick e-mail to thank you for the advice, help and support you have shown to us all during Jenny’s application process.
She flies off to sunny Kansas today and I can honestly say the service you provide and your commitment to help both prospective students and worried parents is second to none. This is not an easy process and is full of difficult decisions, your calmness and professionalism has been a great help to see us through it.
I am sure that Jenny has made the right decision to go to “Hutch”, everyone there is very kind and helpful.
Whilst I will miss her like mad, it is a great opportunity for her that Sporting Chance USA have helped her fulfil.
I wish you all the very best for the future and have already recommended you to a number of people. Hopefully they will take my advice and use you, should they seek scholarship opportunities in the US.
Believe me your help has been appreciated.
All my very best wishes
Jenny & Alan Rogers, parents of Jenny Rogers (Women’s Soccer), Hutchinson Community College, Kansas – Fall 2012.
Hi Phil and John
Hope all is well just got a bit of spare time away from a hectic past few weeks, just wanted to take this time to say a big thank you for the life changing opportunity you have helped me to achieve with the negotiation process regarding Southwestern Christian College. I will not forget and will keep you informed of my progress. At this current time, I am awaiting my I-20, I am struggling to find the words to describe how excited I am.
Once again thank you.
Matt Yeoman (Men’s Soccer), Southwestern Christian College, Oklahoma – Fall 2012
Hi John/ Phil
May I take this opportunity to thank you both, for the smile you have put on my son’s face. When he read the mail about his offer to SWCU he was grinning from cheek to cheek. I know this is only the start to achieving his goal and we aren’t there yet, but his dream has nearly materialised. I really appreciate all you have done so far. Thanks again a very Happy and Proud Father.
John Yeoman – Parent of Matt Yeoman, Southwestern Christian College, Oklahoma, Fall 2012.
Hope all is well back in the UK. Just to let you know I’m nearly all done and dusted here in Dayton. I’m finishing off my last semester and going to graduate in May with a Sport Management / Business Leadership degree. Just wanted to say thanks for helping me have an unbelievable experience here. I counted up the States and places I’ve been since I came to America and I’ve been to 26 different States, 3 Provinces in Canada and made great long lasting friendships, as well as scoring a few goals as well!
Jack Pearson (Men’s Soccer) – University of Dayton Ohio / 2008 – 2012.
We won the National Championships! Absolutely brilliant, it’s up on the NJCAA website if you wish to see it, nationally ranked No.1 when the poll comes out next week. I think it’s absolutely amazing! I haven’t played much soccer here but the experience of playing with such an amazing team is fantastic! and I’ve also been transformed into a forward here!
Thank you for helping me to achieve this amazing dream, I appreciate the help you and John have given me and I would like to thank you for getting me into this team.
Thank you so much!
Josh Wood (Men’s Soccer) – Cloud County Community College, Kansas, Fall 2011.
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you both so much for the hard work you have put in to help me reach this point and the kind words you have had to say about me when in discussion with Coaches and Colleges. I am extremely grateful for everything you have done, this has been a long hard process but it has been worth it.
James Burrell (Men’s Soccer) Dowling College, New York – Fall 2012
Dom Francis was named to the NJCAA All-American 2nd team as a forward. A terrific accomplishment for someone playing the position for the first time.
Josh Gray was named to National tournament All-Tournament team.
Dom and Josh were also named to the All-region first team, with Jack West named to the All-Region second team.
Great advertisement for your company.
All the best,
Ken Gavin, Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Genessee Community College, Upper New York State.
I wanted to let you know that Matt Balshaw has been named to our All Region team.
I know he is extremely proud of this accomplishment and honour. We had a very strong season this year especially at the defensive end. Matt was our only defender to stay health and play all 19 games. He really had a breakout season and was without question one of the best defenders in our region. In my opinion he was the best without question.
It has been very enjoyable to see his development as a person and player over these two years. He truly is a great young man and really has become a quality college player.
Phillip Bohn – Head Men’s & Women’s Soccer Coach, Jamestown College, North Dakota.
Wow long time no speak, sorry for the delay, I have been so busy with everything and getting to grips with this heat, it’s unreal!
I’m enjoying so far, really good workouts and lots and lots of training which is fantastic, and football is soo good as well I’m really impressed.
I’m so glad I made the right choice in coming to you, otherwise I wouldn’t be in here today, so I thank you on behalf of my mum, dad and especially me, Thank you!
We played our first real match on Thursday and I started, I couldn’t believe it, I heard that many Freshman don’t get the chance to play in their first year, however I did, and I did so well, we won 4-1, gutted I didn’t keep a clean sheet, but it was my first game and Phil was impressed, so I’m started again today! We are playing Queens who are team in Charlotte, so excited. Both games have/or going to be played at home, so it’s a good atmosphere.
I like to hear from you two soon. Thanks you so much, for making this a reality.
Harry Mason. – Cumberland University, Tennessee.
Hi John & Phil
I just wanted to keep you updated on Chris’s progress after the completion of his second and final season at UIW. His team made it through to the NCAA Div II National Championships ranked Number 9, finally getting beaten by the Number 3 ranked team in the Third Round, who have now progressed to the semi-finals.
On a personal note, Chris has had a fantastic season, finishing ranked 7 in America for goalkeepers. He has also been nominated onto the Conference Team of the Year, the Conference All Academic Team of the Year and was voted as the overall Conference All Academic Player of the Year. To top that he was nominated onto the South Central Region Team of the Year and was voted as the overall South Central Region Player of the Year.
Just as pleasing as his sporting achievements is the fact he is likely to graduate with an excellent degree result, presenting him with excellent career opportunities. Obviously he has worked hard, however none of this would have happened without your help, support and guidance to present him with this opportunity. So once again, thank you from Chris and his family and keep up the good work in providing youngsters the opportunity to live their dreams and achieve their goals.
Bob Fidler – Parent of Chris Fidler, University of the Incarnate Word, Texas – 2010
Phil and John
Just getting in contact to thank you for making it possible for me to come out here, I am having the time of my life. First year at Cumberland went pretty well and this year is going even better. I have met a lot of great people and the football is going really well for me personally. Four games left in our season depending on the Conference tournament and even Nationals. It has been a long time since we have been in contact so I thought I would e-mail you to let you know how things are going and thank you again for making it possible.
Joe Cullip – Goalkeeper at UNC Pembroke, North Carolina, – Fall 2011.
Hi John / Phil
Just a short note to let you know Danielle played her first competitive game today winning 2-1. She is loving every minute at Bacone and keeps telling us she is ‘living the dream’.
Thanks for everything !!
Mark & Lisa Brighton (parents of Danielle Brighton), Bacone College, Oklahoma, Fall 2011.
Dear Phil & John
This card comes with heartfelt gratitude for making our son, Josh Roberts, dreams come true. The year since joining you has at times been a struggle, at times been an easy path. However, you have been there every step of Josh gaining his scholarship in the USA. He has settled well and is enjoying every second. We cannot thank you enough. Without Sporting Chance USA, boys with talent such as Josh, will miss out on opportunities and life’s chances. Thank you!
Dafydd and Amanda Roberts – Josh Roberts’ family
I’m writing to let you know that Josh left for Kansas on Wed morning. He arrived safely, tired, but excited to start this new experience in his life.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of Josh and myself for making this dream become a possibility for him, as it’s something he has talked about for a couple of years. I’m sure we wouldn’t have managed to get through it without the help and guidance you gave us throughout. I would recommend you to anyone considering a US sporting scholarship in the future.
Without your help I’m sure this experience would not have been possible for him and we are so grateful.
Thank you again
Carol Wood parent of Josh Wood (Newcastle upon Tyne) – Cloud County Community College, Kansas – Fall 2011.
Thanks for all you have done for me to get this opportunity. I arrived last night and I’m enjoying my time already. Thanks for all the help you and John have given me, I really appreciate it. It has been such a pleasure to be a part of Sporting Chance USA and I wish you all the success in the future.
Josh Wood (Men’s Soccer) – Cloud County Community College, Kansas, Fall 2011.
Hi Phil & John
Thank you both very much for all your help, effort and advice over the past year it has been much appreciated and welcomed at all times, I’ll keep you posted on my progress. I hope you have an enjoyable year with your next crop of players.
James Martin (Men’s Soccer), St Edwards University, Austin, Texas, – Fall 2011.
I can’t recommend Sporting Chance USA highly enough. We approached similar companies about scholarships but Sporting Chance USA was head and shoulders above all the others on cost, quality and a real personal service. I felt like I was the only person they were helping get a scholarship, such was the level of help and support provided. Their attention to detail is first class and I can’t wait to get out there. For me, the company are the best in the UK so don’t go anywhere else!
Nicole Johnston (Women’s Soccer) – Radford University (NCAA Div 1), Virginia, Fall 2011.
Phil & John
Just a quick update and thank you from our son; Jack West. He went back to Genesee College in New York State to start the second year of his degree course last Thursday. The opportunity of studying last year and playing soccer has been every bit as good Jack states as your sales pitch.
He has gone back 3 weeks early as he has been taken on by the coaching staff to deliver some soccer camp coaching to 12 year olds. This is just another example of the opportunities to be had out in the States.
Jack has now fully recovered from the rupture of his anterior cruciate ligament and is training hard for the new season ahead. He once again would like to thank you both for all the support over the last year. He has already met a team mate who you have recommended to Genesee whilst back home here in Sheffield and told him “this will be the best decision you ever make” coming out to the states.
Jack will be looking to move on after this second year to finish his degree and once again looks forward to your judgement and support on where is best to move next. Hope you are both well.
David & Donna West
Only 9 days and I’m jetting off to West Virginia. Nerves are kicking in. Got visa and everything sorted. Thanks for everything you have done for me over the past year, I really appreciate it.
Michael Callaghan (Men’s Soccer), Mountain State University, Tennessee, – Fall 2011.
Just a quick message to say thanks for everyone’s help. Daisy flew out to Jacksonville on Wednesday, first impressions, she loves it!!!! I’ll keep you updated.
Lisa Murphy – mother of Daisy Allen (Women’s Soccer), Jacksonville State University, Alabama. Fall 2011.
Just emailing to say how great my first year has been at Cumberland. Thanks for everything you and Sporting Chance USA did to help me reach my goal. I have got along great with the team and the other two lads who came through Sporting Chance USA. I’m just currently coaching in California for the summer trying to earn a bit of money to take back to college with me and I can’t wait to get back and start pre-season. Once again thank you all.
Nathan Gillespie (Men’s Soccer) – Cumberland University, Tennessee – Fall 2010.
Brilliant it sounds fab. I’m so happy John, you’re a true inspiration and I cannot thank you enough. You’ve been there through thick and thin.
Joe Cullip (Soccer) on hearing that he has been accepted at UNC Pembroke, North Carolina – Fall 2011
Hello Phil, John
You have throughout our experience been very approachable on all issues concerning our son’s needs and even though our son David is now over in the US, attending the University of Akron, (NCAA Division 1 National Soccer Champions), I know he would like us to thank you on his behalf for opening up so many fantastic college opportunities provided to him. I have got a lot of contacts in the US myself but know I could not have accessed the volume of colleges who eventually showed their hand in taking our son.
We also would like to take this opportunity to thank you both for just being there at times when we as parents needed your guidance and support. You both were constantly by our side throughout this experience, accessible at all times, even the late phone calls and messages were handled in a friendly step by step manner. Knowing you are still by our side if we require assistance is very re-assuring!
Last but no means least, as loving caring parents, if our daughter was to also decide to follow a similar path as her older brother, we would without doubt use your service again.
Keith and Jan Mayer (parents of David Mayer; Akron University, Ohio, – Fall 2011)
Hi John and Phil
I am so looking forward to studying and playing hockey in the states – I can’t wait!!!
Jenni Smith (Field Hockey) – Michigan State University, 2010/2011
Hi John & Phil
Thanks to you both for your help and continued support, having been to the college and Daytona, it is a great place and we have definitely got the better college, coach and area.
Well done and thanks, will let you know when Sophie actually leaves.
Paul Drake – Parent of Sophie Drake (Women’s Swimming) Daytona State College, Daytona, Florida – Fall 2011.
I want to thank you for your availability, I would like continue a working relationship with Sporting Chance USA, as I believe you attract the best players of any recruiting company, and Phil and yourself are very good to work with. Therefore, should you have quality and talented student-athletes for the Fall of 2012, please don’t hesitate to send them my way. I do not want to be in the same situation this time next year, facing a race against time to get players in. It would be better for all concerned to have players signed and sealed as early as possible.
Thanks again for all your help, and I look forward to hearing from you in the months to come.
Lee Squires – Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Lees McRea College, North Carolina. (NCAA Div 2)
Just thought I’d send a quick message saying thanks for everything you and John have done for me. There’s no way I’d be here right now if it wasn’t for the both of you. I’ve just finished my first year and I’ve loved every minute of it, apart from the injury of course but I got cleared to play again today so I’ll be back in no time. Coach Matt told me that there might be another English lad coming from Sporting Chance USA, if he needs any help in regards to anything or just wants to find out more I’ll be happy to help.
Danny Riley – St Edwards University, Austin, Texas – Fall 2010
Afternoon Phil & John
I was just thinking about you guys and thought I would drop you a line. I am Ryan Duffy-McGirr’s mum (Davenport University).
Firstly I have to complain ……….. Ryan has enjoyed his first year so much he is not coming home for the summer, staying with some great friends he has made. ( Thanks !!!)
No really we cannot say thank you enough for bringing this opportunity to Ryan and all the help, guidance & support all the way.
The university did win double champs in the WHAC this season which is the furthest they have ever got before and the lads were treated accordingly.
The has made so many friends (which is why he is not coming home !!! ) from many different countries all doing the same. There is one from Trinidad, South Africa, some from Ireland, New Zealand and the list goes on.
As you know we did not have the best start what with everything over there but thanks to your help yet again and some patience it all paid off.
As far as Ryan is concerned it is the best move he has ever made.
Thank you again, sorry for the delay.
Tracy Duffy – Parent of Ryan Duffy-McGirr – Davenport University, Michigan 2010.
Hi Phil & John
I’ll be writing a more in-depth thank you (testimonial) to you soon but just wanted to drop you a quick email today thanking you on your excellent achievement in getting Wyatt a super offer. You’re a first class outfit that work extremely hard on the athlete’s behalf. Once again thank you both very much and will keep you posted on Wyatt’s progress with ACT etc.
Keep up your excellent work!
With kindest regards.
Ernie & Deb
Ernie & Debbie Hill, parents of Wyatt Hill, Davis Elkins College, West Virginia – Fall 2011
Hi John and Phil
Thank you both so much for making this happen. It seems to have happened so fast but I know I still have to make sure that my ACT score is up to scratch. I’m currently studying just to make sure if I have to take it again in April I’ll be ready. I’ll keep you updated on my progress.
Wyatt Hill – Easton College Norwich, going to Davis Elkins College, West Virginia, Fall 2011
Hi John & Phil
Hope all is well over in Notts. I thought I would shoot you guys an email to let you know how I’m getting on at King. King is a lovely college with a really nice campus. The professors are top drawer and are really helpful and crazy smart! The team are really close and its a really good soccer programme. The standard of the Conference Carolinas is tough. Last year was a transition year for King so I’m looking forward to our first full season in the conference in the Fall. Hope you guys are keeping well over there and thanks again for your help getting me my opportunity.
Peter Griffith (Northern Ireland); King College Tennessee 2010/2011.
Just thought I would let you know how everything is going in America.
I struggled at first with being out so long with injury and training in that heat! But when I found my feet I was glad to be back!
We won our region and then won the play-offs as well! Made it to nationals but got knocked out first round. To say that they only won two games in the last two seasons and then to go on and make it to nationals is a pretty big deal tho!
Just wanted to say thank you for your help in getting me there and I hope you have a successful new year.
Oliver Templeton, Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania – 2010
Hi John and Phil,
Want to just thank you again and let you know how much I enjoyed attending the showcase in York, December 2010. I thought the quality was there and I look forward to staying in touch with several of the players involved. Matt Smith and I are already making plans for next year. Stay in touch and if there is any information I can ever get you, or players that cross your path that you think I need to follow up with let me know.
Brian S. Purcell; Head Women’s Soccer Coach – Presbyterian College
Hi John & Phil
Just a quick note to wish you both a Merry Christmas. As you know, I was injured in the last game of the season at Genesee College. I tore my ACL and had the operation in the States in mid November. I am now home for Christmas until the 16th January, doing the exercises in my rehabilitation programme daily.
Just wanted to say a big thank you for the support and information you gave my parents in sorting out my operation. In the end, we made the decision to have the operation in the States, as opposed to waiting 6 months in the UK. Hopefully I will be fully fit for the start of the new season.
The life over in the States is excellent and I have just received my first grade point average (3.3). This is the best decision I have ever made and I would like to thank you for all the help you gave us in making this possible. I believe that after 4 years I will return with a good degree and gain a good well paid job as a result of my studies.
Hope to see you both soon.
Jack West – Genesee College, New York State, Fall 2010
Hi Phil and John
I just wanted to update you on a great first season here at Lenoir Rhyne in North Carolina. I started every game except the last regular season game through injury. At the end of the year I was selected for the all-conference second team (http://www.lrbears.com/article.asp?articleID=840).
I’m really looking forward to next season when Jordan will be captain and we hope to have an even better year.
I’d like to thank you for all your help with getting this place, I’m really enjoying it, even the academic side.
I’ll keep in touch.
Chris Wilson – Lenoir Rhyne College, Men’s Soccer 2010/2011.
I am so so sorry it has taken me this long to reply and let you know how I am getting on, have just been so busy!
I am absolutely loving it and having the time of my life. It is way more than I ever expected it to be!!
I seem to be getting on really well in both academics and swimming and am swimming faster than I ever have in my life.
The team atmosphere, the weather and the coaching staff definitely have all helped with that and I feel part of a family.
Thank you so much for everything you did for me, I couldn’t be more grateful as you truly helped me achieve my dream!
I hope you are well, thank you again,
Jessica Porter – GB Swimmer now at Florida Gulf Coast University 2010/2011
Hello Phil & John
Sorry for the late reply! Everything here is going fine thanks. It’s been a good season here at Bacone College – a big thank you to the Sporting Chance USA team for giving me the opportunity to come here, especially to John for his continuing efforts which finally led me to here at Bacone, and also to Phil for taking the chance to come see me play.
Kuda Chiejeche - Bacone College, Oklahoma. 2010/2011
I just thought I’d give you a quick update; I’m loving it out here!! I’ve started the last 5 games in holding midfield and we are currently 7 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw… a lot better than their 1-12-1 record last season! The campus is great and all the lads are top, it especially helps having two other English lads on the team. I flew out with one of them who’s a junior on August 8th, so been out here over 2 months now, it’s gone ridiculously fast. The standard of football/soccer is probably higher than I expected and the sunshine state conference is a bit topsy-turvy, everyone’s beating each other and no-one can win at home!
Could you send my regards to John as well please.
Take care Phil.
Luke Jenner; Florida Southern College, 2010/2011
Hi John and Phil
I hope you are both well.
It’s maybe a little late but I just wanted to thank you both for your efforts in getting Chris placed at Uni in the States this year. The feedback from Chris about UIW in San Antonio is extremely positive and he has really settled in to both Academic and Sporting Life. Even after only a couple of months Chris seems to have found a spiritual home and loves everything about the whole experience.
He certainly seems to have grabbed the sporting opportunity with both hands (pardon the goalkeeping pun), just winning his second weekly award from the Conference. With the team also just getting ranked Nationally at 7 in the NCAA Div II the season couldn’t be going much better.
Academically Chris is enjoying the Masters course he is taking and to date has received excellent marks in his first module. This is probably an opportunity he would never have had without your help, so once again thank you for everything you did to make it happen.
I know Chris wants to come to your next showcase in December and as appointed driver I look forward to saying hello and seeing some of next year’s talent.
Bob Fidler – Father of Chris Fidler – University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas. 2010/2011.
Hi John and Phil,
Just want to thank you for giving me this opportunity to fulfil my dream its greatly appreciated. I’m loving it out here definitely made the right decision by coming to St Edwards. I’m finally starting to play like I know I can now after getting used to new surroundings, teams and weather.
We’ve got a good squad going on a lot of the starting team are freshman and sophomore so we should have a good 4 years ahead.
In regards to plus and minus the majority of them are pluses. The only minus for me was the weather it was nothing what I expected the heat is hard but I’m starting to get used to it and it just takes a bit of time and a good pre season to prepare for it.
The plus side the location is amazing there’s so much to do there’s always music events, parties and I rarely get bored. All the guys are ace and make you feel welcome as well as the Texan people always make you feel at home and are always interested when they hear you are English.
The campus is a nice sized campus and has an amazing view of downtown Austin. The classes are around 20-30 people which is a good sized class. There’s a good variety of courses and there’s always events and things going on to get everybody involved.
On the football side the coaches are excellent we have a good mix between both coaches. Coach Young is a very demanding coach always wanting perfection and constantly wants hard work and effort, whereas Coach O’Sullivan does more of the technical work. He has helped me so much already improve as a player and I can’t wait to work with him throughout the spring. Both coaches are aiming high and were aiming to get to the NCAA playoffs hopefully this year but if not definitely next year. The competition is good in the squad, which helps you up your game to the next level.
As a whole the university and area are amazing and I would definitely recommend it to anybody wanting to come over.
Once again thanks John and Phil for everything you’ve done for me.
Danny Riley – St Edwards University, Austin, Texas, 2010/2011
I’m really enjoying everything here and everyone around the college are all so friendly. The soccer is going really well, I’m playing upfront and am Genessee’s top goalscorer. I have scored 7 goals and have got 7 assists and in 11 games and am currently ranked 21st in the NJCAA table. Last week I was named as one of 4 Soccer Players of the Week from other colleges, so that was really good as well.
Hope to hear from you soon
Joel Brien – Genessee College, New York State, 2010/2011.
Things are going really well for me here at Lenoir Rhyne College, the season is well underway and it looks as though we could go far in our conference with the team we have. Everyone has made me feel very welcome here, the facilities are as good as any big professional club back home which is great, also i’ve got a great attacking role within the team giving me freedom to express myself on the pitch.
The playing standard is good, the games are competitive and hopefully will push me too that next level. Many thanks once again for your help in getting me out here and for your continued support!
Jordan Holmes; ex Liverpool FC Youth & England Youth captain – Lenoir Rhyne College 2010/2011
Sorry for the late email, yer im really enjoying it out here im sort of settled in, just trying to get a permanent apartment at the moment, as i keep moving but apart from that im enjoying it a lot, im getting regular soccer with the team and getting decent minutes. Once again thanks a lot for all you have done.
Lorenzo Cachia – Iowa Central Community College, 2010/2011
Hi to both of you Phil and John,
I am writing on behalf of me and Luke just to say that everything is going well on this side! We have played 3 matches now, a tournament in Kentucky where we both played and Luke scored on his debut! He has been playing centre midfield instead of centre back though and I have been playing right midfield instead of striker.
We lost the game the day after that one though, that was the semi final that we won 2-0 where we both had good performances. The final was a game the day after and we lost 2-1 both playing well but quite sore and tired as we missed pre season but we are fitting it very well however.
The next game we played was away in Virginia where we lost 3-1. We have got a tournament in Indiana this weekend, one of them against a team who beat the number one ranked team in the country so that should be interesting! We leave on Friday morning and we have a game in the afternoon and then another game on the Saturday. The week after that is when the conference starts against a team called Bethel who are supposedly the best team in the league so we will have to see about that!
We would like to thank both of you for your help in everything, we wouldn’t have been able to get here without you two so thank you very much.
We will keep you updated with everything.
Regards, Harry and Luke.
Harry Mason & Luke Wilson, Cumberland University, Tennessee, 2010/2011
Just wanted to say again a big thank you for helping Jess achieve her dream. We got her settled at Florida Gulf Coast University in August and she is loving it so far.
We really could not have done this without your help and guidance for which we shall always be grateful. If I can be of any assistance to you for references or parents piece of mind feel free to contact us.
Kind regards and good luck for the future.
Barry Porter father of Jessica Porter – Women’s Swimming – Florida Gulf Coast University 2010/2011
Just wanted to thank you again for all your help with Martel. He is doing very well so far. This weekend he scored 4 goals in 2 matches including 2 against #24 ranked Oklahoma City University. He’s definitely solved our goal scoring problems!
Thanks again for all the help.
Brett M Parker - Head Men’s Soccer Coach , Lyon College, Arkansas
I would like to thank all that you and Phil did to get me out here in the USA, you were fantastic. I am loving every minute out here and as a team we are just finding our feet as we have 18 freshman in the squad of 23. We just recorded our first win against Cumberland University. I have passed on your details to many of my friends who are thinking of doing what I have done. So just to say thank you.
Ross Stallworthy – Virginia Intermont Cobra’s Mens Soccer 2010/2011
Just wanted to let you know we moved Jessie into Florida Gulf Coast last weekend – what a fantastic place – she has settled well and having a great time.
Thank you for all your help and guidance it is very much appreciated and we would not have got there without your help.
Barry Porter, parent of GB Women’s Swimmer; Jessica Porter – Florida Gulf Coast University 2010/2011
Hi Phil and John
Hope all is well. I’m settling in pretty well in my new surroundings. I’m still adjusting to the heat though. It was 47 degrees the other day!! Pre-season really isn’t a joke over here either! I scored on my debut with my first shot and then I scored again on my home debut 4 minutes in with my first shot, so I am currently on a 100% goal scoring record! My coach has set me a target of a goal in every game and I’m willing to take up the challenge!! Thanks for all your help in the limited time we had.
Martel Reid-Warden – Lyon University, Arkansas, 2010/2011
Hello Phil & John
Sorry it has taken me so long to write but may I take this opportunity to thank you both for your work getting Nathan a place in America. I must admit on first impressions albeit on the internet Cumberland University more so Lebanon looked like it was going to be a place that would take some time to get used to, but thankfully how wrong we were. I travelled out with Nathan when he went so that I could have a look at the place and was overwhelmed with what I saw. The coach was very friendly and instantly likeable along with everyone else associated with Cumberland. The University itself is immaculate, the area fantastic. Nathan has settled in like a duck to water and is thoroughly enjoying every minute out there. The trouble with that is I now have to take my wife and daughter out there in October, but at least I will get to see a couple of games.
Once again thank you for your efforts and succeeding where a similar company in Scotland couldn’t even be bothered – if only we had come to you first! I hope that you get good feedback from the coach and that Nathan represents himself and Sporting Chance USA in the very best way.
Bob Gillespie, father of Nathan Gillespie – Cumberland University, Tennessee, 2010/2011
Just wanted to let you know pre season at Rider has gone terrific. I have started both pre season games and scored and had an assist. Tonight is our season opener at home against Lafayette and I have been selected in the starting 11. I am so happy! Just saying – thanks again.
Josh Wright – Rider University – NCAA Div 1, 2010/2011
We just wanted to thank both of you for the excellent service you offered in helping our son Jack achieve his ambition of playing soccer in the United States whilst studying for a degree. He has now been over at Genesee Community College in New York State for 2 weeks and after a rocky start (no bed) has quickly settled into his new life. He has made friends from both the soccer team and college study classes. Jack has played 4 games so far and is yet to concede a goal. The coach seems impressed with his abilities and has decided he will be his first choice goalkeeper for the season, being given the number 1 shirt. This has made Jack so happy and he seems to be enjoying the academic side of the experience just as much. He is already getting interest from some universities, so is keen to keep his grades up. Without your help we would not have known where to start and your expertise has been so valuable. We will keep you informed of Jack’s progress and we hope to come back to you to look at universities in the near future.
Donna & David West parents of Jack West – Genessee College, New York State, 2010/2011
Hi Phil and John
Sorry it has taken me a while to send this e-mail, I have been extremely busy lately with pre-season training. I would just like to take this opportunity to say thank you for making this dream of mine a reality. I still can’t believe I am here. The temperature and humidity here in Tennessee is unbearable but we have all been working hard and pre-season is going really well. I feel lucky to have been placed at Cumberland University and it has beaten the expectations that I had of it. The football team is a real good group of lads and we are all getting on fine. Luke and Harry should love it here. Once again, many thanks.
Nathan Gillespie – Cumberland University, Tennessee, 2010/2011
Hey Phil and John, just a message to say cheers for everything ya have done and giving me this opportunity in my life and am gonna do myself and my family and Sporting Chance USA proud! Will keep in touch let ya know how am getting on! Sorry took so long to get in contact but been training and very busy in pre season! thanks again and take care.
Gary McMeekin – Kentucky Wesleyan College, 2010/2011
Sorry I haven’t replied in a while been busy with pre season and everything. All is really good here, having a really good time, the lads are great and the coaching staff are really helpful and know what they are talking about. Hopefully I will be playing the first pre season scrimmage down Illinois tomorrow in preparation for the season. Once again thanks for everything and hope is all well.
Lorenzo Cachia – Iowa Central Community College, 2010/2011
Hope you are well. Just a quick thank you for helping us with Aidan. He is settling in soccer wise and is a top quality young man. He will have a great time here.
Jeremy Gunn, Head Men’s Soccer Coach – University of North Carolina Charlotte speaking about Aidan Kirkbride 2010/2011.
I want to say thank you to yourself, Elaine and John for the opportunity you have provided me this year. I am now in the process and packing to leave for America on 11th Aug and without Sporting Chance USA I would not have been given this opportunity. The university I am going to have made the process feel easier along with yourselves. I would recommend your company to any other person requiring a scholarship because the support you provided me has helped me live my dream. Thank you.
LeKeisha Gumbs: Women’s Soccer – Graduate Programme at Mercyhurst College, Pennsylvania. 2010/2011
Ryan went on Thursday and spent a few days living with Carl (his coach). He is loving it already and his friends are most envious. He went to a beach party on Saturday night on the lakes.
He moved into his accommodation yesterday, they started training at 7am this morn, followed by another session this evening.
Thank you & Phil for all you help.
Tracy Duffy-McGirr parent of Ryan Duffy-McGirr – Davenport University, Michigan, 2010/2011
Thanks for all your help Phil! Couldn’t have done it without you!
Beth Marshall – Martin Methodist College, Tennessee 2010/2011
John + Phil,
Just wanted to say thanks a lot for the opportunity that you have helped getting me and I’m in California now and enjoying it so far. All seems good and can’t wait to get started playing games!! Thanks a lot for everything.
Simon Mellon (N.Ireland) – Lassen Community College, California 2010/2011
Phil & John
Just like to say a big thanks for all the help and giving me the opportunity to get out to America and to take my game to the next level! All my visa is sorted and I’ve got clearance, so I’m just waiting to get out there now!
Jordan Holmes – Lenior Rhyne College, North Carolina 2010/2011
It was a pleasure working with your company. I completely understand how hard it has been for you to place these kids in schools this year, especially if they have taken a BTEC. Averett can take these kids and hopefully we will work with you again.
Have a great day,
Carly Michelle Pearce, Head Women’s Soccer Coach Averett University, Virginia.
I want ten more like this one : Great kid, great attitude, and great skills. Thank you so much, looking forward to many more in the future!!!
Benjamin “Coach” Wade – Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Lassen Community College, California (referring to Simon Mellon 2010/2011)
Thanks to you and Phil for all you do. I know the process gets frustrating sometimes. Some players sail through the admissions process, while others with the same or similar credentials get held up. I do not know your salary, but you earn every penny!
Jeff Loucks – Director of Soccer / Head Men’s Soccer Coach. Cumberland University, Tennessee
Just wanted to let you know I had my VISA approved on Saturday and will be flying out to Post Uni on the 14th August to start pre-season training!
Thanks for all your help – I’m really excited and can’t wait to get started. I’ll let you know how things work out over in the States in a few months.
Grace McConnell (Women’s Soccer) – Post University, Connecticut 2010/2011
This is Darren Back. You may not remember me, but we met in Nottingham and you recruited me for Adrian Blewitt in 2006 (Lenoir-Rhyne College).
I hope you are well? It is good to see your own agency is still giving kids a fantastic opportunity. I could not imagine what I would be doing now if I had not met you!
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I graduated in May 2008 and got married in March 2009. I have been coaching since and just recently accepted an Assistant Women’s soccer coach position for Northwestern State University (LA).
The head coach at Northwestern is trying to recruit more European players but is sceptical of going through agencies. I immediately thought of you and told him of your agency and how it was different to many others.
It would be great to hear from you and see if we can help each other out in anyway.
I hope to hear from you soon.
Darren Back – Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at Northwestern State University, Louisiana.
Thank you very much John for your help and patience. Honestly, you have been the best person I have worked with in your type of role. If you have any questions or need anything else let me know.
Adam W. Preston – Men’s Soccer Coach, Campbellsville University
Wishing you and your family and all at Sporting Chance USA, a Happy Christmas and healthy 2010.
Thanks again for all your help with Jessie – we currently have a very happy girl on our hands and you were a massive help in getting her there.
Barry Porter (father of Jessica Porter: Women’s Swimming programme 2010)
Hope all is well, haven’t spoke to you in a while so thought I’d give you an update on how things have gone over the last few months. Our team did really well we won our District and Region which got us to the National Tournament 1st time since 2002, finished the season ranked 8th in the Nation with a record of 18-7. On a personal note i had a pretty good season, i was made team captain, Defensive Player of the Year, 2nd team All Conference, Conference Player of the Week, and I also got selected for the National Team of the Tournament.
George Curry also had a great season he got Player of the Year along with 2nd team All Conference. So all an all it’s been a very good season. Anyway hope you had a nice Xmas and best wishes in the New Year.
Tommy Catania: Iowa Central Community College 2009
Just a thank you from us all for getting Niall involved in the 2009/2010 Soccer Showcase game. All three of us enjoyed the day and were amazed how well things went due to the weather conditions. We had a chat on the way home and couldn’t believe how positive Niall was with regard to gaining a scholarship. We were impressed also with the way that Warren Turner (Erskine College) covered the points that sprung to our minds. It was also nice to meet Elaine, and to chat about the “old days” at Notts County with John.
Thanks once again for your input so far.
Brian and Tracey Harrison
Hope all is well? Just checking in to say hi really! Things are going good out here, it’s Fall break this week so we have the week off school. We have started our conference run now and play two games away in Texas at the end of this week.
I have scored 2 goals from right back this season, they came in our first game of the season last week, here is a video of them:
I also got one assist in that game too.
Let me know how things are at your end, will be good to hear from you.
Jamie Moore, Fall 2009, Bacone College, Oklahoma.
Sorry I haven’t been in contact for a while but I’m sure you could have guessed how busy I’ve been!!
Firstly, just to say thanks so much for everything you did for me to get me out here, you don’t know how much I appreciate it, it’s going to be the best 4 years of my life you can just tell.
If you ever want me to give a quote on your website or anything to promote you or your company I’ll happily do that no problem.
Jack Pearson – Freshman 2008/2009 University of Dayton, Ohio.
I know Zak emailed you last night saying that he’d like to go with Sporting Chance USA , but I just wanted to thank you from the parents’ point of view.
I must say that yesterday we were really happy that you had good answers for all our questions, and when we left you Amanda and I were in no doubt that you were the better option. We let Zak decide for himself, of course, (as it is his life after all!) but thankfully, he was similarly impressed.
The main clincher for us was the ‘continuing’ support you provide. You are still in contact with kids and parents who have gone off to the States, checking their progress and helping where needed. You provide time at the showcase game to cater for the parents and give them information. I know also that I shared Zak’s belief that you have a huge passion for what you do.
I’m really excited about the coming months and seeing Zak’s dream come to fruition and I’m looking forward to working with you to help make that happen.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Paddy Hall – parent of 2010 Soccer Player: Zak Hall
I know it took me a long time to come back to you since I moved to Radford University here in Virginia in Fall 2009. I am very proud to be a product of Sporting Chance USA. Things has been going very well for me both in the field and academically. So far I have scored 3 good goals and as a Midfielder, I am happy for this achievement. I have also played each and every game. My team members are all fantastic and supportive players and the Coach is superb and a well respected man.
I realised that Sporting Chance USA don’t just recruit athletes for the sake of getting their money but they only take those with the talent, education and ability, because I have been very impressed by Myles Jones’ ability here at Radford. He is a solid, talented and quality player for us and he has commanded first Jersey in the team in his first year as well.
Phil Selby is a great guy and knows exactly where to place his athletes, because I am enjoying life here in Radford. All athletes who want to join from Africa, please do not hesitate to deal with Phil, because he is the right man, so why not join Sporting Chance USA for 2010.
Phil and Gladman, I want to thank you guys for what you have done for me. I will continue to shine here in Radford for you, we are going for the tournament next week and I promise to shine and score another goal to dedicate it to Sporting Chance USA.
Brian Tinashe Gwanzura (Zimbabwe) – Radford University, Virginia (NCAA Div 1) – Fall 2009
Early in February 2008 young soccer player Billy Sparks joined Sporting Chance USA, under the consultancy of Phil Selby, with a view to gaining a soccer scholarship in the USA for the Fall 2008. Within 2 days Phil had placed Billy’s profile on the Sporting Chance USA website and was preparing to produce a video of Billy in action. As interested University/College Soccer coaches began to contact Phil he kept us fully up to date very quickly and provided excellent advice on the calibre of interested parties. It was very apparent that Phil has extensive knowledge of the USA soccer environment with a considerable list of notable coaching contacts.
As someone who represented Billy’s interests on our behalf, Phil was professional, discreet and diplomatic and we highly recommend any family in the same situation seeking a soccer scholarship for their son or daughter to use Sporting Chance USA. By the end of February, Billy had to choose between 4 excellent soccer scholarships, each one as good as the other, and we believe this success can only be attributed to Phil Selby’s expertise in this field.
John and Rita Sparks
John & Rita Sparks – parents of Billy Sparks now at Tennessee Wesleyan College.
Hi Phil – sorry it has taken me so long to get round to this, but here goes
“Well, she has gone and as we haven’t heard from Ellie for nearly a week, and from what we can gather from her facebook, is now very settled and enjoying life at Appalachian State University.
She would never have had this opportunity of a full scholarship to a top university in America if it wasn’t for Phil.When Ellie first said she wanted to go to the States to combine her tennis with a university education, we contacted a well-known company in the UK who also deal, with getting athletes to universities in the USA, but they wanted an extortionate amount of money for their services and didn’t hold out much hope for Ellie, as they said her UK tennis ranking was not particularly high (4.1).
We then contacted a company in the US, paid them, and heard nothing!!!
By now it was February 2009 and we really thought we had blown it for this year. However, as one last attempt, we found Sporting Chance USA through the internet and from then on it was all systems go.
Phil did all the hard work for us, contacting the universities with a resume of Ellie’s tennis achievements and academic qualifications. He also told us that for Ellie to stand a chance at a good University, she would have to resit the SAT to gain a higher mark (which she did).
We didn’t really hold out much hope of a Division I University offering Ellie a scholarship but in the end, thanks to Phil’s excellent marketing skills, she had several to choose from and chose Appalachian State as it is a Tier 1 University, ranked 9th.
Phil held our hand every step of the way, even telling me off at one stage for listening to well-meaning parents of other children at University in the USA, when they told me we had left it too late in the day.
There is a lot of paperwork to do (and money to hand over at various stages) but I always knew Phil was at the end of the phone, or if I emailed him, the response was immediate.
Thanks Phil, you have certainly pulled it off for Ellie, the rest is now up to her!
Debbie Linsell – Mother of Women’s Tennis player – Ellie Linsell: Appalachian State University – Fall 2009.
I’m really enjoying it here, the team is great and has a really good spirit and all the other people and friends I’ve made are really cool, because it’s such a small place there isn’t a lot to do but they have a Students Activities Board, which set up some good nights out and parties which are popular within the college. I haven’t got home sick and I don’t think I will be doing. I only want to go home so I can thicken up my accent haha, the girls love it!!! But ye, it is a really good college and I am enjoying it.
Dan Walmsley – University of Charleston, West Virginia – Fall 2009.
Just a quick word to thank you for all your time and effort in getting Kevin to America. It could never have been done without your direction, hard work and attention to detail. On behalf of Kevin we would like to thank you very much and wish you continued success.
The first step is always the hardest but this was made very easy for Kevin in meeting you.
John and Marcella O’ Brien, Ireland, (Parents of Kevin O Brien) Davenport University Michigan. Fall 2009
How are you doing? I am having a really great time in the United States! All of my classes have started and my basketball has begun too. The classes are going great and i have been getting good grade too, it’s a lot different from home though especially essay writing and things but I’m coping well. Training has been really good, we have just been doing a lot of conditioning and running but it’s been good! We are scrimmaging once a week too, which has been good and all the girls are really nice! It’s not a lot different from how we play at home but the fitness level is a lot higher. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to fulfil these dreams. Have a great day.
Nicole Worth (Women’s Basketball) Midland Lutheran College, Nebraska, Fall-2009
I have been in America now for 2 weeks and loving it so far. The training is very hard and more or less exactly how you described it. Thanks very much for all your help to get me here. I defo would not be here if it wasn’t for you thanks a lot.
Kevin O’Brien, Davenport University, Michigan, Fall-2009
In February 2008 Billy Sparks joined Sporting Chance USA to seek a Soccer Scholarship in the USA – very quickly Phil Selby had a couple of very good offers for Billy both of which would have been good opportunities – however, the SAT exam proved testing and these offers had to be declined – undaunted Phil had great faith in Billy and in June 2008 he was instrumental in getting Billy an NAIA College place to start in August 2008 – the paperwork involved was immense but Phil guided us through it effectively and professionally pointing out the 2 from 3 options (a good GPA, top 50% in graduation class, SAT 820 or ACT 17) so that Billy spent some time in the USA at the College before deciding it was not for him – at this point Billy was advised to return to UK college and try again in Fall 09 which we believe was the best option – Phil continued to market Billy, encouraged him to take ACT as an alternative to SAT and gave him the chance to impress USA coaches in the ‘Sporting Chance USA – December Soccer Showcase’ – the ACT was successful, Billy met lots of good USA coaches, played well enough to receive 3 great offers and word of mouth back in the USA resulted in 2 more offers early in 2009 – Phil’s Soccer Showcase was a massive success for 90% of the players attending – at this point Phil’s knowledge of the USA Soccer Scholarship scene really came to the fore – knowing his players so well he is able to match them up at Colleges and Universities that suit them best – this was the case with Billy who will now be flying out to Tennessee, with 2 more of Phil’s players, in August this year – in thanking Phil for all his efforts we are bound to say that in the 18 months Billy has been involved with Sporting Chance USA we have witnessed a real respect develop for Phil’s expertise in this subject area both from his clients in the USA as well as his own players here in the UK – his is a company that provides great value for money.
John, Rita & Billy Sparks – March 2009
Thanks a lot for everything, I am as sure as I could be that this wouldn’t have been possible without you, and the one-to-one service you provide has been invaluable throughout the journey.
First training session tomorrow, a bit nervous but all the lads seem good. Classes start tomorrow too, nervous again but I’ll be alright. Keep in touch and hope to see Josh out here soon.
Thanks once again,
Neil Howard – Cumberland University, Tennessee, 2009
I saw the article about me in my local paper yesterday and just wanted to thank you for putting it in. My parents have obviously cut it out and will probably frame it. Just to let you know, I’m flying out on Monday and again, I just wanted to thank you for your guidance to get me where I am. I shall keep in touch and update you with how it’s going. If you have a presentation at Warwickshire College, I’d be more than happy to come and promote it for you providing I’m back in the UK.
Myles Jones (Men’s Soccer) Radford University, Virginia. Fall-2009.
Finally here after 4 years of trying, it’s now reality thanks to you!
Got here on Wednesday ain’t kicked a ball yet tho because I may have a stress fracture in my right foot due to me running on roads back home, so I’m waiting on an x-ray on Monday to see if things are going to be ok!
Apart from that, everything here is great the college is nice, the facilities are nice and I couldn’t have asked for a better apartment! So far so good, it’s raining today but previous to that it’s been sunny. The coaches are great guys and can coach so it’s going to be good, can’t wait to get stuck in though!
Anyway thought I’d let you know how things are going, and hope that you are well.
Tommy Catania (Men’s Soccer) – Iowa Central Community College. Fall-2009
I arrived in the USA last week Thursday and I arrived in North Carolina on Monday. I had a tour of Belmont Abbey College by my assistant coach and two of the boys from the school Aaron and James. They showed me around and I am gettin used to the surroundings.
I am probably going to move in to the rooms by Friday, because my mum and sister are still here in the hotel near the school, so I might stay with them for the next few days.
But all in all I am doing fine, thank you for helping me and granting me this opportunity to enhance my football and academic career, I will keep in touch with you and all at Sporting Chance USA.
Timi Borges-Da-Silva (Men’s Soccer). Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina. Fall-2009
Just wanted to post an email saying thank you for all your help in finding me the best scholarship.
I flew over to Atlanta last week and moved into Kennesaw apartments yesterday. Just finished my first training session and really felt I fitted in and I really enjoyed it. Looks like it’s going to be a great season.
Thanks again and I will recommend your business to my friends looking to go to the US.
Bridie Fox (Women’s Soccer) – Full Scholarship at Kennesaw State University, Georgia. Fall -2009
Phil, just to say a big thank you for making Luke’s dream come true. He flew to North Carolina this morning 7/8/08 to embark on his 4 year scholarship, it has been an emotional journey with lots of admin and of course the SAT! You have made the journey a smooth ride and Luke will do what he does best – make us all proud and continue to achieve, both academically and as a goalkeeper. It was by chance we met when Luke was at Mansfield Town and I am so glad we did, because Luke has not looked back since. Away from the Premier clubs, America has to be the answer for talented and bright footballers, Sporting Chance USA offers something special – a Second Chance! Thanks Phil.
Dave Gibbons – father of Luke Gibbons now at Lenoire Rhyne College in North Carolina
Phil, thank you very much for everything that Sporting Chance USA has done over the last few months. It has been a great help, and I am now looking forward to joining my new teammates tomorrow. I will get in touch with you as soon as I am settled at LMC.
Adam Burden – formely of Easton College, Norfolk, now at Lees McRea College in North Carolina
I just want to thank you again for putting me onto a fantastic opportunity in the States. I can’t tell you how grateful I am of your services. If I didn’t get in touch with you, none of this would be happening. Thank you so much.
Tommy Catania – Iowa Central Community College – Fall 2009
I just wanted to say that I cannot thank you enough for all the extremely hard work and effort you have put into finding a great college for me! You have certainly made my dreams come through and I am so thankful that you have given me the opportunity to do this! Thank You for everything!
Nicole Worth (Women’s Basketball) – Midland Lutheran College, Nebraska – Fall 2009
I shall keep you updated when I can, if I’m not too busy playing ha! Myself and my parents want to thank you for your support and guidance through this process.
Once again, thanks
Myles Jones (Radford University, Virginia 2009
Just to inform you all that I managed to get my Student Visa today at the Embassy (It’s all stamped in my passport now). I am very very excited that my move to Radford University has gone through smoothly. I want to thank every one of you guys with all the support and guidance – I really appreciate your efforts. I will be flying to Radford on the 13th of August 2009 – it will be a long journey through South Africa. I am looking forward to being a Highlander. This is a life changing event for me.
Have a nice day.
Tinashe Brian Gwanzura – Radford University, Virginia 2009
I am very happy and pleased by the appreciation shown by the athlete Brian Gwanzura. I think Phil you did a good job for Brian and through this process I have also learnt a lot of things. It has been a good experience for me.
I am now looking forward to working with a lot of Athletes from Africa. I am now working actively to develop the website to recruit these athletes and you Phil will do the consulting bit for me.
Gladman Dimbiri – African Athlete Recruitment Consultancy
I am glad I picked up the phone to call you. I really enjoyed talking to you. What I liked about you was your honesty and the passion you have for what you are doing.
I plan on copying this email to Annabel and talking to her over the weekend. I would be very happy to fly to meet her in England or have her fly here to see what we have. We have a brand new state of the art $3.5 million facility and 35 minutes away from Dallas. The weather is good practically all year long and Annabel will have all it takes to be the best student and player she possibly can be.
I would like to thank you for all that you have done for me up to this stage. It seems all is going on very well without any hassles. If you can also help me to thank Gladman for all the support and all the phone calls full of advice that I have been getting from him as well.
Brian Gwanzura – Zimbabwe. Soccer Scholarship at Radford University, Virginia. Fall – 2009
I met you at the Derby County training facility for your showcase in December. As I am sure you are aware we have had 4 of your players agree to join us and will be with us this Fall. I just wanted to thank you for your help in getting the guys to TWC. We are very excited to have the lads coming in and are looking forward to working with them all. I hope we are able to bring more players in from your company in the future.
Stephen Lyons, Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Tennessee Wesleyan College
Just another quick update.We’ve now played 9 games winning 6, drawing 1 and losing 2 which isn’t bad but we had a couple of bad weekends last month. I’ve now scored 3 goals and an own goal! So I’m putting the ball in the back of the net at both ends!
I’ve started every game and feel like I’m getting to know the game better over here and adapting well with the different styles of training and that. The weather has suddenly got cold but it was really hot last week when we flew down to North Carolina. We played in 33 degree heat! and then spent a day on the beach, so that was a good weekend.
I’ve spoken to a couple of the Forest lads and they seem keen that if they if they don’t get another contract, they would love to come out here with me. I’ve told them they would love it and they should try and get in contact with you once they have more information about what they are doing next year.
Hope things are good back home in England and you’re sending many more people out here!’
Jack Pearson – Ex-Nottingham Forest FC now at the University of Dayton, Ohio (NCAA Div 1)
We recently had Phil Selby attend South Devon College to give us an insight to the scheme you run. After listening to Phil and what he had to say, this has really made my mind up about really digging in hard and working to get there. The talk was excellent and really beneficial, I now believe it’s time he did a talk where our parents could attend with us one evening and give the same presentation to them, to convince them of how big an opportunity this really is. I would be grateful if it was possible to arrange 1 soon???
Be good to hear back from you soon.