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Scholarships and First Team Opportunities at the Foundation

Last week the Crawley Town Foundation Academy held an in-house showcase game in conjunction with Player Path US Scholarships at Horsham FC's Camping World Community Stadium - the official training ground facility of the Crawley Town FC first team.

In attendance at the showcase game were Crawley Town FC assistant manager, Lee Bradbury, and Player Path owner, Tommie Hession-Harris (

Lee observed our new students who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of Joel Ogilvie, Callum Warner and Louis Smith. All three students have been given opportunities to train alongside the first team, as well as being part of the first team's pre-season and behind-closed-doors friendly matches, over the last 12-months.

Player Path's Tommie Hession-Harris ran a US Scholarship showcase with the Education Academy last season which led to the Foundation's under-19 Goalkeeper, Ben Hilton joining Carl Sandberg College in Illinois, USA. Carl Sandberg is a Junior College in the USA and provides a two-year full-time football and education pathway for student athletes to earn higher value scholarships at NCAA schools to complete the undergraduate degrees.

Ben, who achieved a triple Merit in his BTEC Sport Extended Diploma with the Crawley Town Foundation Academy, has been adjusting well to life in Illinois, studying a range of academic subjects in order to adjust to the US education system, as well as playing regularly for the college side, against a host of high level opposition.

As a part of the Player Path showcase, players played a 90-minute football match, filmed and publicised by, Your Instant Replay (highlight's available on Player Path's YouTube channel), as well as listening to a presentation by Tommie, who talked about the potential avenues and benefits of heading stateside for a US college education.

For our current students attending our Education Academy, we are keen to highlight and offer a variety of potential pathways to our student footballers, who are attending the programme. In the coming weeks, students and parents will attend UCAS events at Holy Trinity Sixth Form in order to weigh up the options of attending university in the UK, as well as university in the US through Player Path, or opportunities to progress in football, either through the Crawley Town first team, or at other local high-level clubs.

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