A North Wingfield girl has landed a dream scholarship to play football at a USA college.
Dayna Randall (18) has just been offered a four-year academic/sports scholarship at Tennessee Wesleyan College and flies out in August to meet her new team mates.
The scholarship has been made possible for the talented young striker by Sporting Chance USA, who specialise in this field.
Dayna said: “I am so excited. I cannot wait to get over there and get started.
“I’m excited to meet my team mates and develop as a player but also as a person. It’s a massive opportunity for me and I’m ready for the journey to begin.
“I have also never been to the States but have always wanted to, making it even more amazing.
“I had heard that there were excellent opportunities to be had in the US College system, and I thought rather than go to an English university, I would give the US a try.
“The great thing about playing in America is that you get to train six days a week on some of the best facilities in the world, and at the end of it, you come out with a full degree, which will help me with my future career.
“Sporting Chance USA told me that I would have a great chance of landing a top scholarship award as I had good academic grades, and fortunately that has been the case.”
Dayna began playing girls’ soccer at the age of eight, joining her first club, Sharley Park Girls, in 2005 and remaining there until joining the Derby County Ladies Academy in 2012.
While playing at Sharley Park, Dayna won the Players’ Player of the Year, Manager’s Player of the Year and the Supporters’ Player of the Year awards.
In her first season at Derby County U16s, Dayna helped the club achieve the runners-up position in the Warwickshire League and was personally awarded the Manager’s Player of the Year.
In season 2013/2014, Dayna played for the club’s reserve squad, while making several appearances for the club’s first X1 in the Women’s Northern Premier League.
She ended the season as third leading goal scorer in the Northern Premier League with 14 goals. Dayna is an all-round sports person, having represented her school at gymnastics and netball with outstanding success.
When she moves to a US College in Fall 2015, she will be looking to study a sport-related Major.
She is due to fly out to the USA in early August for what promises to be a pretty tough pre-season programme.
Going to play and study in the USA will be cheaper than going to a UK university, as her scholarship includes all tuition fees, accommodation, food and insurance.
This makes it a very attractive proposition and is the reason why so many talented UK student athletes are choosing this alternative pathway.
For more information on Sporting Chance USA contact Phil Selby via 07818 035552 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sportingchanceusa.com.