Jake selected for football scholarship camp

Jake McCoy has always been told that hard work pays off. The Waiuku teenager is a testament to that statement, as Jake prepares for an opportunity of a lifetime – a U.S. Scholarship Camp in Wellington.

After a successful season with Franklin United, Jake is one of the 35 footballers, aged between 16 and 20, selected for the week long camp, which started on January 23.

United States Football Coaches from Dartmouth College, Xavier University, Valparaiso University, Butler University, the University of Louisville and Marshall University will also be present. The camp is aimed to not only showcase the young footballers abilities in a training and playing environment, but to also give the US coaches the opportunity to appreciate what these budding stars have to offer academically and socially.

Jake is excited at being given the opportunity to perform in front of the talent scouts.

“Having American blood, there was always the intention of me going over to the states to pursue my academic and football ability,” says Jake. “Now that the moment is drawing near, I am nervous to see what the week consists of and I’m eager to be around the best and to develop tenacious relationships with the other participants.”

 “The whole experience will be inspiring, as I’ve never been to the capital, and being able to spend it with a great friend and coach, Poasa Tubuna, puts the icing on the cake.”

Jake says that Poasa has not only helped to provide him with this opportunity, but has developed him as a player, building confidence and skills whilst Jake was part of the 2016 Franklin United season.

“Overall, I am looking forward to a great week.”

After a standout season playing for Franklin United, Jake McCoy has been selected for US football camp in Wellington. Photo by Ward Jameson.