FOOTBALL: Scholarships for Strachan students

Harry Reilly
Harry Reilly

Conaboy and Reilly off to USA

Strachan Football Foundation players Sean Conaboy and Harry Reilly have been offered scholarships in the USA.

Sean Conaboy

Sean Conaboy

SFF captain Sean Conaboy has received an offer from LeMoyne University in Syracuse in the state of New York.

The Dolphins play in the NCAA Division 2 and have an impressive record in the NE-10 conference. Sean has also been offered a job coaching in the local community following on from the his success in passing the FA Level 2 Coaching Certificate and completing a Level 2 Sports Coaching apprenticeship. Sean’s performances on the field thoughout the season have created a lot of interest among a number US Colleges and he has had several offers from around America. Sean performances over the past two years have not gone unrecognised in the UK either, he was invited in a Scotland U19 regional camp and been watched by a number of professional clubs in the past few months.

SFF director Dan Elliott spoke of Sean’s contribution to the foundation: “Sean has been a great ambassador and leader to the other players within the foundation. He arrived with us at the beginning of the 2013/14 season as a tricky winger. Sean has now developed into a ball playing central midfielder. His attitude and willingless to learn everyday in training is the reason for his development and he is now a very good young footballer. Sean has been a magnificent captain this year and it was a pleasure to watch him lift the ECFA national Premier Cup at the end of April. It couldn’t happen to a nicer lad.

“The reward of a scholarship just demonstrates the opportunities the Foundation have to offer as outcomes for the young people leaving us. Sean has taken his opportunity, never wasted a day, he trained hard and worked at his game resulting in a very good scholarship offer. I am very interested to see where Sean’s American adventure takes him. I am sure he will do very well out there.”

Harry Reilly has had offers from three US colleges and looks to have secured a place at the college Institute of technology West Virginia, The WVU Golden Bears play in the NSCAA Conference. Harry left school at 16 and is now in his 3rd year at the foundation. He has completed a level 2 Sports Coaching Apprenticeship, FA Level 2 Coaching Certificate, BTEC Level 2 and is currently working towards A BTEC Level 3 90 Credit diploma in Sport.

Elliott added: “He continues to be a lead coach with the SFF schools programme and is a very popular PE Technician / Coach at Boughton Leigh School. Harry has had a very good season. He has a great goalscoring record and has scored some very important goals throughout the year, the first in the ECFA Premier Cup semi-final win over English Schools champions Monkseaton and the recent winner in the Midland Football League U21’s Challenge Bowl Final.

“SFF have built links with United Sports, a Scottish based scholarship company who have been very helpful in the recruitment of Sean and Harry. We have also got agreements with six colleges in the US. A recent visit from NCAA Division 1 head coaches Chris Little of Elon University and San Jose State University assistant coach Shane Carew have once more strengthened relationships between both organisations and coaches.”

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