The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East Londonâ€™s football academy has once again helped to secure a USA sponsorship for one of its many talented players.
18 year old Jordan Cornelius has just received a three year sponsorship with the College of Southern Maryland where he will study Sports Psychology and play for the college’s football team.
The sponsorship will pay for his tuition, food and accommodation for three years after which Jordan will decide whether to come back to England or pursue a professional career in America.
Joining the PASE Football Academy in 2011, which is partnership between the College and Boreham Wood FC, Jordan was not the most outstanding player, however with hard work and determination he was selected by a scout earlier this year and will travel to America in July.
While playing for the Academy, Jordan studied for his Sports BTEC Level 3 at the College, which allowed him to gain the qualifications he needed for higher education.
Gaining a qualification while playing for the Academy is mandatory and aims to give the players the skills and qualifications they need if they don’t have a career in football.
Jordan started playing football aged nine before he was selected to play for Queen’s Park Rangers. During his last year at school he was dropped by the Club so began looking for alternatives. His PE Teacher gave him information about the College’s football academy and as he had an interest in studying sports it was the perfect option. Now, after two years at the club, he has improved dramatically and recently played his final game for the season as captain of the English College Reserves Team.
Jordan said: “I’m excited about going to America. It’s a big change for me but a good opportunity. I’m sure it’ll be hard work but the Academy has trained me for it so I’m prepared and looking forward to it.”
Director for Sports, Kurt Hintz, said: “Jordan’s achievement demonstrates how hard work, determination and commitment are the recipe for success rather than just raw talent. We are pleased with his success both academically and in football and wish him well in his continued education and football in the USA.”
Jordan follows in the footsteps of Charlie Hunter who gained a US sponsorship last year.
If you're interested in joining the Football Academy visit: www.conel.ac.uk/football
- Last Updated: 04 July 2013