Wakefield College student heads stateside on football scholarship

CROSSING THE POND: Wakefield College's Adam Knight.
CROSSING THE POND: Wakefield College's Adam Knight.

A footballer from Wakefield College has been given a chance to impress in the USA after earning a prestigious soccer scholarship.

Adam Knight, 18, is heading for America this month when he will be taking up a place at the Indiana Institution of Technology on a four-year course studying for a degree in physical education teaching and coaching.

While in the USA he will play for the Indiana Tech College men’s football team, which competes in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, part of a national competition.

Striker or winger Adam, from Pontefract is looking forward to making the most of his opportunity.

He said: “I’m a bit nervous, but I can’t wait to get out there and experience something totally new to me.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to carry on playing high level sport as well as doing my studies.

“I first found out about going to America when I started my second year at Wakefield College. A local company from Wakefield called GoSoccerCollegeUSA came in to do a special talk about studying and playing football in America and straight away it caught my eye and I knew that it was what I wanted to do.

“I signed up with GoSoccerCollegeUSA and produced a portfolio which contained stats and details about my football career, academic qualifications and video clips of me playing football.

“I received five offers in total from different colleges in America, but this was the best.

“It’s been a very lengthy process filling out lots of forms and paperwork and trying to get my visa.

However, I’ve finally booked my flights for August 7.”

Adam has been playing football since he was eight, initially with Carleton Juniors, Kellingley Welfare and Hemsworth Terriers.

He went on to play for Leeds United Academy for 18 months aged 15, but had no further luck with professional teams.

Last season he played for semi-professional club Nostell MW, who play in the Northern Counties East League, in their first team and the under 19s as well as in the Wakefield College Football Development Programme.

He showed he has a great eye for goal after finishing as leading goalscorer for both the college and Nostell under 19s sides.