FOOTBALL: USA scholarships for Strachan players

Gerard McGahey
Gerard McGahey

Off to universities in Florida and Georgia

This week two Strachan Football Foundation players graduated onto scholarships in the USA.

Gerard McGahey signed for Rio Grande University who won the NAIA National Championship in Florida last November and Sam Eyes is off to Thomas Univerisity in Georgia.

McGahey said: “I’m delighted the move has now been completed and I can’t wait to get started.

“My time at the SFF has given me this opportunity, I now have four years of playing in a national recognised football programme whilst still progressing academically, being able to complete a four-year degree.

“When the opportunity to play for the NAIA national champions and number one ranked team in the country it is very difficult to turn down.

“It feels the right move for me. The SFF and efforts of director Dan Elliott has made the move possible.

“They have helped identify the right university which suits my ambition and education requirements.

With impressive facilities, the university is recognised throughout the United States, having won the national championships on numerous occasions.

Rio Grande assistant coach Scott Wells, who is charge of player recruitment, said: “We are absolutely delighted we could wrap up the transfer of Gerard.

“It is extremely important that as coaching staff here at Rio we bring in players that share the same philosophy and direction as us.

“With Gerard we definitely have that and he now has the opportunity to be part of an era that can help him move to the next level while obtaining an education that no one can ever take away from him.”

Gerard’s move further enhances a strong relationship with Rio Grande, having had previously placed Harry Reilly there in 2015.

Wells visited SFF in March, speaking to the existing players and assisted in coaching sessions.

Another scholarship success saw Sam Eyes awarded a scholarship with Thomas University in Georgia.

Eyes has been within the Foundation as a full time student and two years as a sports coaching apprentice at Boughton Leigh School.

He has worked incredibly hard to be awarded a scholarship and had offers from three universities.

The guidance from SFF will not stop here as the coaches will be in close contact with both players on a weekly basis and will continue to watch them play as their games are streamed live on YouTube.

Four other Strachan Football Foundation players have also been accepted into UK university football programmes and the coaches will also keep a close eye on their progress.