REDDITCH HoW College student Abbie Bailey is over the moon after signing a football scholarship for an American soccer team – and being offered a place on a nursing degree too.
Abbie will be studying Nursing at Highland Community College in Kansas, USA while also playing for the Highland Scotties football team.
The town of Highland is right in the heart of America, 75 miles north west of Kansas City and close to the mighty Missouri River.
And 18-year-old Abbie is full of praise for the role Heart of Worcestershire College played in her achieving her dream.
“HoW College helped me get into the position I am in today by keeping me focused and driven.
“I explained my goal for the two years at college to a few tutors and they helped me stay on track throughout.”
Football crazy Abbie has had a successful career on the pitch, captaining Redditch Girls Football Team in 2018 to the semi-final of the Futsal FA People’s Cup.
“The tutors at HoW helped me by understanding and listening to my goals.
“My first year tutor, Nathan, was very good at helping me with what was needed. He wrote a letter of recommendation which helped me get into university.
“In my second year at HoW College my tutor, Patty (Farrell-Ellis), helped me prepare for interviews with different universities.”
Patty, the college’s FE and HE sport lecturer, said: “During Abbie’s two years at college she has demonstrated an excellent understanding of both practical and theoretical aspects of the course.
“Her footballing achievements outside of college have also been a huge benefit to her studies.
“Myself and the rest of the sports department want to say huge congratulations, we wish Abbie all the best in her nursing degree and football scholarship in the States.”
For those wanting to take a similar route, Abbie passes on the following advice:
“Stay focused and keep striving to do better. Set achievable goals – and reach them!”
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