Gerard McGaheyThis week SFF players graduate onto Scholarships in the USA  Gerard McGahey sign on a scholarship for Rio Grande University and Sam Eyes has signed a scholarship at Thomas Univerisity in Gerard is very pleased with his move to Rio Grande University who won the NAIA National Championship in Florida November ’15.

“I’m delighted the move has now been completed I can’t wait to get started. My time at SFF has given me this opportunity, I now have 4 years of playing in a national recognised football programme whilst still progressing academically being able to complete a 4 year degree, when the opportunity to play for the NAIA national champions and number 1 ranked team in the country it is very difficult to turn down. It feels the right move for me and cannot wait to get started.  The Strachan Football Foundation 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. “

The facilities and set up of the soccer programme at Rio Grande is very impressive the university is recognised throughout the United States having won the national championships on numerous occasions.

Rio Grande assistant coach Scott Wells who in charge of player recruitment commented on the signing of Gerard ” 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 his education that no one can ever take this away from him”

Gerard’s move further enhances a strong relationship with Rio Grande University, having had previously placed Harry Reilly at Rio Grande in 2015. Assistant Coach Scott Wells visited SFF in March’16 where Scott presented to the existing players of the Foundation and assisted in coaching sessions.

Another scholarship success saw Sam Eyes awarded a scholarship with Thomas University in Georgia. Sam has been within the Foundation as a full time student and 2 years as a sports coaching apprentice at Boughton Leigh School. Sam has worked incredibly hard to be awarded a scholarship and his hard work has paid off after being awarded scholarships at 3 universities but has chosen Thomas University in Georgia.

The guidance from SFF will not stop here the coaches will be in close contact with both Gez and Sam on a weekly basis and their games are streamed live on youtube so we will also have chance to continue to watch the boys play.

We have also seen 4 other players be accepted into UK university football programmes and look forward to keeping a close eye on their progress. Two of which are Dylan Osthudy and Ephraim Pepe have be offered a place with Nottingham Trent University football programme.