players warm up on astro pitch before a football trial

Unaiz, age 17 years, wants to win a soccer scholarship to study at a U.S. university and play soccer at a US university.

Unaiz was attending the “Soccer Assist” US scholarship trial in Manchester yesterday. He’s eagerly awaiting his stats and keen to hear  how he performed and what kind of a uni offer he can expect to get. All players wore a technical vest that allowed all their movements, work rate, distance covered and power expended to be recorded and then viewed later by the coaches for analysis.

black technical performance analysis vests laid out on the astro turf ready for the young players taking part in the trial

IHM Director of Football, Mick Brennan, was in attendance and said that Unaiz stood out from the other players trialling yesterday. Unaiz has also performed very well academically on his course and consistently displays a positive attitude and resilient mental strength in training and in competitive play. In fact, his most recent academic progress report was very complimentary about his performance in class. He is now working towards “Distinction” grades across the board in his BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport Performance. This qualification is the equivalent to 2 UK A levels.

Soccer Assist is a college recruitment company that helps connect sports students to U.S. colleges by accessing scholarships. IHM give all their players this chance. IHM Academy’s players will have a chance to progress on to U.S. scholarships after completing their time at the academy. Creating the perfect pathway into a competitive college programme.

“The sports facilities at US universities are outstanding.” enthused IHM Director of Football, Mick Brennan. “Those players winning a scholarship can pay for their education by playing regular top level football and showcasing their talent in front of MFL scouts. The opportunities are real and unlimited.”

3 young players, smiling with excitement, line up before the trial. A girl and two boys

“Scholarships are awarded, and provide a discount on tuition fees, to exceptional student-athletes who demonstrate excellence in their sport as well as their academics.”

A scholarship works on a percentage basis, so the budget of the athletics department will determine how much can be allocated per student-athlete.

Scholarships are awarded on a year-by-year basis. The soccer coach reviews an individual’s performance every year, to decide whether an increase or decrease in scholarship is appropriate. This decision is usually based on a student’s attitude, sporting and academic performance.

Junior/Community college lasts for 2 years where student-athletes will achieve an Associate’s degree. Once completed student-athletes would then transfer to a 4 year institution, to complete their final 2 years at university. Here, students will obtain a Bachelors degree. The credits attained in Junior/Community college will be transferred to the university, to ensure that students complete university in a total of 4 years.

Would you like IHM Football Academy to help you pay your way through Higher Education by playing top level US college or University soccer? Contact us now: [email protected]