Downend Flyer Sophie achieves another goal - soccer in the US
Published on: 28 Mar 2016
SHE’S been football crazy since she was a little girl, now Sophie Harris is one step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a professional player.
The 18-year-old who plays for Downend Flyers ladies team has just been offered a football scholarship in America.
In fact, Sophie received six offers from different colleges and universities across the pond but decided to plump for Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma.
The centre midfielder will study football for four years alongside various subjects, both academic and sport-related.
Sophie, who lives in Shirehampton with dad Andy and mum Sarah, has been playing football since the age of ten, playing in various teams before moving to Downend Flyers 18 months ago.
She left Oasis Academy Brightstowe with nine GCSEs under her belt and is now at Bristol City Football Club where she studying for a sport and exercise BTEC level 3 alongside honing her footballing skills.
“It’s always been her dream to go to America,” dad Andy said.
“The standard of football over there is very high and the colleges are really good.
“Sophie’s accumulated quite a few trophies over the years. She’s worked really hard to get where she is now and is always one of the first players on the team sheet.”
Sophie used an agency to help secure her scholarship in the States. The agency sent off footage of Sophie in action and organised Skype interviews with various universities. They also sent off a profile of Sophie’s career to date and references from coaches.
Sophie, a Manchester United fan, said: “I’m really excited; I’m absolutely buzzing about it! It’s going to be such an amazing opportunity for me to develop.
“I’ve never wanted to do a job I didn’t like and would moan about. I’ve always had aspirations to go into something I enjoy and I really enjoy football and have always worked hard at it.
“I wouldn’t say I was nervous about going but I will obviously miss home and my parents however it’s an opportunity that I can’t miss.”
Andy, who coaches at Downend, said: “Sophie’s a massive part of our lives as we’re always running her around to training and matches so we’re going to miss her a lot. But we are really excited for her because it’s what she’s always wanted to do.”