More Kingston students head for the States

Wimbledon Guardian: Sam Nicholson playing for Ventura Fusion against Michael Brown and Hayden Mullens from Portsmouth FC in California. Sam Nicholson playing for Ventura Fusion against Michael Brown and Hayden Mullens from Portsmouth FC in California.

Two Kingston soccer players have followed their football dream and have graduated from the College’s football academy to American Universities where they are combining their soccer excellence with degree programmes. They will be joined in the US in August by three more products of the Kingston scheme.

Now the skills and training that enabled these players to progress in the US is being made available to other aspiring footballers in the West London area who want to explore the opportunities of student football scholarships.

Dom Dwyer and Sam Nicholson left Kingston to go stateside in 2009. They are both now at leading soccer colleges in Florida and California. Mitchell O’Connor followed them to the US in 2010. Sam’s brother Ben Nicholson, Pat Moore and Sam Boultwood are all from the class of 2011 who have won athletic scholarships that will start this summer.

“US universities offer a huge opportunity for these boys to progress their football careers in superb sporting environments, within great facilities and at the same time earning their degrees,” said Martyn Spong, who has been responsible for all their football development while in Kingston. “It is as close as you can get to living the training lifestyle of a professional footballer without being paid.

"A lot will be expected of them as players and individuals, but our boys have never let anyone down.”

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6:35pm Tue 17 May 11

sprint123 says...

Funny how they only mention the boys from this school and not the girls. There are already 5 girls in the USA who played for the ladies football academy at Kingston College, and at least 3 or 4 heading out there in August. Please do not highlight the achievements of the boys when the girls are doing just as good- or even better!
Funny how they only mention the boys from this school and not the girls. There are already 5 girls in the USA who played for the ladies football academy at Kingston College, and at least 3 or 4 heading out there in August. Please do not highlight the achievements of the boys when the girls are doing just as good- or even better! sprint123

8:35am Sat 21 May 11

shimmystep says...

@sprint123 - I think it's good that the Kingston College boys get some recognition. If you check, last week this very newspaper had an article on a Kingston college girl earning scholarship to the US so it is nice for the boys to also get some spotlight. Besides it is all good for the college, it isn't a competition between sexes, and lastly the article is actually reporting the company soccerxed, fronted by Martyn Spong and Helen Cracknell, who do not work with the girl's academy so to claim their success as the company's own would be misleading. Go Kingston!
@sprint123 - I think it's good that the Kingston College boys get some recognition. If you check, last week this very newspaper had an article on a Kingston college girl earning scholarship to the US so it is nice for the boys to also get some spotlight. Besides it is all good for the college, it isn't a competition between sexes, and lastly the article is actually reporting the company soccerxed, fronted by Martyn Spong and Helen Cracknell, who do not work with the girl's academy so to claim their success as the company's own would be misleading. Go Kingston! shimmystep

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