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By admin, Apr 23 2016 09:45AM

It was an exciting evening for SRUSA women's department but especially our Head Women's Soccer Coach Jodie Whitford-Stark who helped out with a West Riding CPD coaching event.

This wasn't any event though, the session was led by England Women's Assistant 1st Team Manager Marianne Spacey and took place at Harrogate Town's CNG Stadium.

The evening consisted of Marianne doing a presentation explaining England's DNA and finished with a Q&A session which gave a great insight into how we are looking to grow the women's game after the success of the recent World Cup.

Sandwiched in between was a session designed on pressing high up the field and the emotional state of players once they have won the ball back.

It was a fantastic evening filled with plenty of information from a brilliant coaching team. We were honoured to be involved in such a great event and it was very special night for women's football in the Harrogate area.

Jodie is coming towards the end of her UEFA B coaching course and we are extremely lucky to have such a talented coach involved at SRUSA.

By admin, Mar 10 2016 11:20PM

It was back in 2014 when Head of Operations Chris Cousins and Head Coach Tom Butcher ran the first ever women’s soccer assessment day in Coventry. With a handful of girls on the day, one of SRUSA women’s soccer special success stories was about to unfold.

At the time, little did they know, but three girls at the trial from different parts of the country, were all going to end up at the same college and become great friends. These three girls were Hannah Fenn, Isabella Wilson and Megan Stow.

I remember the skype call with women’s head coach Don Williams clearly when he was trying to recruit the girls for the team. I knew immediately that they were going to be in good hands and well looked after and was really impressed with what Feather River College could offer them.

In their first year at Feather River College, all girls contributed to the team which reached the regional playoffs after winning the regular season conference title. For the first time in their history, the women’s soccer team won in the regional playoffs beating Ohlone 6-2 with the girls playing a big part.

Individually, all the girls also contributed in their second year as well as the team finished the season with a record of 11-6-1 and with a combination between the 3 players of 19 goals and 21 assists. An awesome effort for two midfielders and a forward.

The great thing about all three girls is that along with working hard on the soccer field, they do the same in the classroom. All three made the 2015 All Academic Conference team which is a brilliant achievement and there GPA’s were also very impressive as well. Hannah’s GPA was 3.48, Megan’s was 3.54 and Isabella’s was 3.71. A tremendous effort from all three girls.

At this time I think it is important to mention the crucial part that head coach Don Williams and his coaching staff played in the development of the three players. We were excited to follow their progress from day 1 and everything they have said about Feather River and the soccer side of things has been positive and for this we thank Don for all his efforts.

As they come towards the end of their 2 years at Feather River, all three girls will be moving onto pastures new and are all moving onto great institutions. Hannah will be heading to LA Tech which is a NCAA D1 school in Louisiana. Megan is heading to Barry University in Miami who were Conference and Regional champions in the NCAA D2 before making it to the national 1/4 finals. And last but not least, Isabella has joined NAIA Point Park University in Pittsburgh who were conference champions and made it to the national tournament. All three girls deserve great credit and we can't wait to continue to follow their success stories.

All three girls have been a credit to themselves and SRUSA and we are very proud of all of them. We will look forward to following their junior and senior years with interest and I’m excited about what the future holds for them.

Not only are they great players and great people, but they also became great friends as well.

By admin, Mar 3 2016 11:25PM

Commencing for the 2016-17 season, the SRUSA Girls Academy will be based in the spa town of Harrogate.

The aim of the SRUSA Girls Academy has always been to provide girls with an environment that offers them the opportunity to grow as individuals, obtain an outstanding education, whilst opening pathways for personal development either here in the UK, or becoming a student athlete and playing soccer at an American university.

We will be working in partnership alongside Harrogate Town AFC, an ambitious National League North side, who already run a successful male academy with their education partners Harrogate College. This relationship with Harrogate Town AFC will give the girls access to improved playing and training facilities, with the opportunity to be trained by a number of different high qualified male and female coaches.

The improved facilities, allied to the standard of education at Harrogate College, were the main factors behind our decision to move to Harrogate.

As mentioned above, the academy will be based at Harrogate College, a 20 minute train ride from central Leeds with a rail station actually on campus. The girls will be representing SRUSA and Harrogate Town in the British Colleges League, under the Harrogate College banner, and players will also have the opportunity to train with, and represent, the Harrogate Town LFC Open Age team.

Harrogate itself was recently voted the best place to live in England, and is a beautiful spa town close to the Yorkshire Dales with a real pedigree for developing Ladies football talent.

Former student athletes Rachel Daly and Leah Galton were recently drafted from the US College system to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and they both studied at nearby schools in Harrogate.

The Harrogate College Open Evening is taking place on Thursday 7th April. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Jon Maloney – Head of Women’s Soccer

07502 226435

By admin, Mar 3 2016 10:59PM

Exciting times ahead!

Commencing for the 2016-17 season, the SRUSA Boys Academy will be based at the West Riding County FA Headquarters at Fleet Lane, Woodlesford on the outskirts of Leeds – where the education and training facilities offered at Woodlesford are first class, and will really give that academy feel that we’ve aimed for since we launched.

The aim of the SRUSA Boys Academy has always been to provide the players with an environment that offers them the opportunity to grow as individuals, obtain an outstanding education, whilst opening pathways for personal development either here in the UK, or as a student athlete playing soccer at a University in America – we believe this move will significantly enhance both the education and football aspects of the Academy.

We will be working in close partnership alongside Harrogate Town AFC, an ambitious National League North side, with the education facilitated at Fleet Lane by Harrogate College. The boys will be representing Harrogate Town AFC u19’s in the Conference Youth Alliance League and this will offer a potential pathway to the Harrogate Town u21 and 1st team, as well as the option of becoming a student athlete in America – the move will also give the boys access to top quality playing and training facilities, with the opportunity to be trained by a number of different highly qualified coaches.

The improved facilities, allied to the standard of education available at Woodlesford through Harrogate College, were the main factors behind our decision to relocate.

We are now actively looking for year 11’s or 12’s who would like to study for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport with the aim of going to play and study in the USA after the two years.

Details of trials days and an Open Evening will be released shortly but, in the meantime, should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Cousins – Head of Operations SRUSA

07703 721204

By admin, Mar 3 2016 02:06PM

A Letter from SRUSA's Head of Operations, Chris Cousins:

We would like to announce that at the end of the 2015/16 academic year we have decided we will no longer be basing our Sports Recruiting USA Academy at Leeds City College.

From 2016/17 we will be joining forces with Harrogate College, Harrogate Town AFC and the West Riding County Football Association.

It wasn’t an easy decision to step away from Leeds City College as they have given us a great opportunity to launch our Academy for the first time, but with the progressive work we have been doing in the county over the past few years, we’ve had a number of opportunities handed to us that are too good to turn down, which we felt would benefit our future academy members.

For any SRUSA Academy players who will be at Leeds City College next year, we have promised to make them a full client of Sports Recruiting USA, free of charge, to give them the continued support, even though we won’t be with them day-to-day.

The main focus of the new academy is and has always been to give the players a platform to be seen by American College coaches with full time training, which has happened and many players have the U.S. options due to being at the academy. This focus will continue, but the thing we felt that was lacking in year one, was a real academy feel. This is why we are splitting the girls and guys up for the new academy and giving them the attention they need, rather than trying to stretch ourselves too thin.

The venues where the Sports Recruiting USA Academy will be working from will be the West Riding County Football Association, Harrogate College and more to follow.

We are hoping the environment we are going to be giving, with the fantastic support from our partners and ourselves, will give the opportunities for our male and female players to grow as people, gain their all important education and give them the opportunities to then move to a U.S. university to play college soccer.

We’d like to thank Leeds City College for allowing us to base our academy at their institute and wish them all the best in the future.

Trial days and a new website for our new and improved Sports Recruiting USA Academy will be released soon.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or phone 07703721204.


Chris Cousins

Head of Operations, Sports Recruiting USA Limited