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FOOTBALL CRAZY TOM IS HEADING TO AMERICA


A


young footballer from Abbots Langley is celebrating winning a scholarship to play


football in the US. Tom Griffiths who just recently turned 20, was


one of many hopefuls to apply for the First Point USA programme which provides young pupils with the chance of studying at a university in America or Canada. Tom applied to the programme two years ago


while he was studying at West Herts College. His mum Kirsten Griffiths explained: ―It is a


nerve-racking application process. The hopefuls are required to play two matches which are recorded and sent across to America and Canada. Once there, managers from various schools watch the videos and choose the best pupil then place their bid and a scholarship is won. ―Tom originally won a scholarship to Canada


and was there for a year before returning to the UK due to the abundance of international places― Still intent on playing football, Tom played a


game at the London School of Football. It was there where he was spotted and asked to play in America. He is due to travel to California to start his two


-year course on 1 August, Tom is hoping for sponsorship for the duration of his university time to aid with the financial pressures of living and studying abroad. Unlike universities in the UK, American pupils


do not receive financial assistance or grants from local councils and universities to assist with living expenses, accommodation, books etc. Along with football he will be studying an


Outward Bound Leadership course. This entails learning how to do a range of outdoor sports which in turn provides the qualifications required to teach such sports, including snowboarding.


Tom Griffiths has won a scholarship to play football in America. Tom has represented various clubs over the


years including Evergreen, Kings Langley FC and is currently playing for Bedmond and his proud mum added: ―Tom has been playing football since the age of six and can not imagine doing anything else.‖


By Victoria Giglio


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