Ex Norwich City Charlie Norman signs
Right sided defender/midfielder Charlie Norman has agreed to work with PLAY-USA in order to get himself out to the USA on a Soccer Scholarship. Charlie came highly recommended by ex French international and Norwich City player Cedric Anselin.
Cedric said “Charlie is not only a very athletic player with a great touch and vision, but he is also a great student who will work hard in both the classroom and the field.”
We would like to welcome Charlie on board with us and only accept students who not only demonstrate exceptional sporting ability but also the work ethic to perform in the class.
Lets get things moving Charlie and we can’t wait to see what interest you generate.
Golfer Natasha Ainsley-Thomas signs with PLAY-USA
We are so happy to have Tasha on board with us here at PLAY-USA. Natasha who is aged 18, has some great experience with her golf and is hoping to push herself both on the course and in the classroom
She said: “I want to be able to play my golf at the highest level possible, I know going out to the USA is going to enable me to do this through a golf scholarship.”
You certainly are right Tasha. Look forward to the months ahead.
Hampshire Golfer Lewis Scott sets his sights on the USA
Lewis, aged 18, from Hampshire, is looking to travel to America in 2016.
He said: “It is something I have always wanted to do but have only just really made the choice that I want to go now. PLAY-USA were recommended to me through my golf coach at Itchen College Mark Wheeler.”
Lewis has certainly given us a challenge here by coming to us rather late in the recruiting process but he has some tremendous scores and I have not doubt there will be some very keen Universities in acquiring the services Lewis has to offer.
Chelsea and England U17 soccer player signs
PLAY-USA are very excited to announce the signing of England & Chelsea U17 left back Keira Heslam.
Kiera, aged 17, from Chandlers Ford in Hampshire, is looking to travel to America in 2016.
She said: “I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with PLAY-USA and finding a soccer scholarship. This will enable me to not only play soccer to a high level but get myself a degree.”
Keira is certainly going to get a lot of interest with her playing background. We are really looking forward to getting Kiera what she wants.
Charlotte Barrow the TV star!
PLAY-USA’s Charlotte Barrow is to feature in a programme to be aired on SKY Sports next week.
The channel will be airing highlights of The Telegraph Junior Golf Competition, held in Quinta do Lago in Portugal, which Charlotte took part in from 6 to 10 October 2014.
Charlotte came fourth in the competition.
The highlights will be shown on SKY Sports 4 from 8pm on Wednesday 19 November, and will continue daily until 22 November.
Notes to editors: A trailer for the SKY Sports programme can be found here: http://www1.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/golf/9547987/golf’s-new-breed
Welcome Katy Begley
England U17 Volleyball player Katy Begley has signed with PLAY-USA.
Katy, aged 16, is from Worthing in West Sussex, and is seeking a scholarship for 2016.
The 6ft 2-tall Setter and Middle Blocker recently took part in the Northern European Volleyball Association (NEVZA) championships at the National England Volleyball Centre in Kettering.
She has represented England in the Sainsbury’s UK School Games (where her team won) and she also won the National Under 18s Women’s Volleyball Championships (playing for Ashcombe) in 2012.
The team at PLAY-USA welcome Katy on board, and we are looking forward to working with her to find the best scholarship on offer.
Notes to editors: For further information about NEVZA, please visit www.nevza.com
Further information about the Sainsbury’s School Games can be found at www.2014schoolgames.com
Charlotte Barrow signs with PLAY-USA
The team at PLAY-USA is happy to announce that we have signed golfer Charlotte Barrow.
Charlotte, aged 17, from Dibden Purlieu in Hampshire, is looking to travel to America in 2015.
She said: “I’m hoping to go to America to study French and Spanish, as well as improve my golf. I think it will be a great opportunity and a really fun experience. I just can’t wait to go!”
Charlotte is a member of the Brockenhurst Golf Club, and is the three-time Hampshire Girl’s Schools Champion. She holds the Basingstoke Women’s Golf Course record and plays for the Hampshire Ladies First Team.
We are looking forward to working with Charlotte over these coming months, and we are certain there will be many opportunities open to her.
Scott completes challenge of a lifetime
After two months at sea, Scott and fellow rower Viktor finally made it to land.
The duo faced many obstacles whilst at sea, including a broken rudder and unusually adverse weather conditions. Despite this, they made the gruelling 3,000 mile journey from the Canary Islands to Antigua.
Congratulations to Scott for this amazing achievement. What challenge will you be facing next?!
Notes to editors: Further information about the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge can be found at: www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com
Rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in 30 degree heat for 60 days is a big enough challenge – but when you’ve never set foot in a rowing boat before, it becomes a challenge of a lifetime.
PLAY-USA’s Scott Etherington, aged 33, has teamed up with fellow thrill-seeker Viktor Mattsson, from Sweden, in a bid to complete the Talisker Whisky Atlantic challenge, and raise £25,000 for Diabetes UK.
Scott said: “Rowing the Atlantic will no doubt be the biggest challenge of my life; 3,000 miles of open ocean, dealing with 50ft waves, sharks, severe blistering, sleep deprivation…the list goes on!
“For me this isn’t simply about rowing across an ocean – it’s also about getting as many people as I can involved and taking part in the build up and fundraising events.”
“Some people think I’m mad, but if I can help raise awareness of diabetes and, in turn, save lives, then my hard work will most certainly be worth it.”
The plan to push himself to the limits of human endurance came to Scott after he completed the Marathon Des Sables through the Moroccan desert. He has named his boat “Atlantic Inspiration”, and he left the Canaries to begin this amazing challenge on 4 December 2013, bound for the Caribbean island of Antigua. Scott said: “I’m not a rower, but I’ve been having lessons at a local rowing club and I am spending a lot of time training.”
“Many people don’t get through the first week of the challenge because it’s so tough, but I am determined to complete it and raise as much money as I possibly can for Diabetes UK.”
Scott is rowing for two hours on and two hours off in the seven-metre, tailor-made ocean-going boat, filled with food for 60 days to replace the 8,000 calories a day he’ll burn, and equipment to make salt water drinkable.
So far, he has faced many obstacles, including unusually bad weather, a broken auto-pilot, a broken water-maker, and an inoperable rudder, which has resulted in the team having to improvise by using drogues, which has slowed them down. A number of teams have already dropped out of the challenge.
Prior to setting off on his journey, Scott toured schools, supermarkets, offices and train stations to get as many people as he can involved in being active and helping him to reach his fundraising goal for Diabetes UK. He will also be doing the same once he has finished his challenge.
Money can be donated at www.justgiving.com/atlanticinspiration, or text oars50, followed by the amount to 70070. To find out more about Atlantic Inspiration, visit