Jordan Cornelius will travel to America in July to begin a Football Scholarship with the College of Southern Maryland.
The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London in partnership with Boreham Wood Football Clubs Pase Academy has once again helped to secure a Scholarship in the USA for one of its many talented players.
18 year old Jordan Cornelius has just received confirmation of 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 Scholarship 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.
By joining Cohenel College and the Boreham Wood PASE Football Academy in 2011, which is a partnership that stands for Programme Of Academic and Sporting Excellence.. Jordan was perhaps not initially the most outstanding player, however with a good attitude, discipline and determination, he was selected by a scout to attend trials earlier this year and will now 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 Pro Club so began looking for alternatives. His PE Teacher gave him information about the College and Boreham Wood Football Clubs Pase Academy and as he had an interest in studying sports, it was the perfect option.
Now, after two years of intense coaching and training at the club, he has improved dramatically and recently played his final game of 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 coached me for it and i’ve learnt a lot, 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 last years graduates Charlie Hunter, Dan Loveday and Koray Korakis who all gained USA Scholarshipships last year to California, WashingtonDC and Ohio