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Olly accepts college scholarship in United States

7 Elite Academy youngster Olly Byrne will jet out to the United States this summer after he accepted a scholarship to play football and study in Kansas.

Olly, who trains with 7 Elite Academy and AFC Liverpool youth teams in the city, will spend the next two years (with an option of two further years) at Neosho County Community College.

He was part of group of youngsters who toured the United States and Africa over the last six months, playing in top-flight college showcase tournaments with the Utah-based 7 Elite SABA team.

Following contact through 7 Elite Academy’s global coaching network, Olly accepted a scholarship offer from the college, runs has a wide range of academy and sporting teams.

He said: “I am so excited to be going to the United States to play college soccer, especially after spending so much time there with 7 Elite SABA over the last six months.

“I found the scholarship through coaches at 7 Elite and they helped massively during the application the process. They pushed it as much as they could and got my name out there.

“The experiences I had really with 7 Elite SABA helped me to decide what I wanted to do and I can’t wait get started with my study and football at Neosho County Community College.”

7 Elite Academy runs teams for thousands of youngsters in the UK, USA and Africa, including a SABA programme that is dedicated to college scholarship  applications.

The 7 Elite Academy Player Pathway regularly sees UK-based youngsters travel to the United States and Africa to access coaching and scholarship opportunities.

 Anthony Godfrey, Global Technical Director at 7 Elite Academy said: “Olly is a great example of our Player Pathway working for the benefit of young people here in Liverpool.

“He fully deserves this opportunity. His work ethic and attitude towards training and education is first class, and that stands out during training and matches.

“During our recent tour of the United States and Africa, he was a standout member of the 7 Elite SABA squad in tournaments and did a great job of coaching younger players.

“The global nature of our academy means we offer players these opportunities on a regular basis, both here in the UK and in the United States.”


James Shaw