Pontefract footballer earns chance in USA

Adam Knight, from Pontefract, who has earned a four-year soccer scholarship to the USA
Adam Knight, from Pontefract, who has earned a four-year soccer scholarship to the USA

Budding Pontefract footballer Adam Knight has been given a chance to impress in the USA after earning a prestigious soccer scholarship.

Adam, 18, is heading for America this month when he will be taking up a place at the Indiana Institution of Technology on a four-year course studying for a degree in physical education teaching and coaching. He will also play for the Indiana Tech College men’s football team in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.

Striker or winger Adam, who is a former student at Pontefract’s King’s High School and Wakefield College, is looking forward to making the most of his opportunity.

He said: “I’m a bit nervous, but I can’t wait to get out there and experience something totally new to me. It’s a great opportunity for me to carry on playing high level sport as well as doing my studies.

“I first found out about going to America when I started my second year at Wakefield College. A local company from Wakefield called GoSoccerCollegeUSA came in to do a special talk about studying and playing football in America and straight away it caught my eye and I knew that it was what I wanted to do.

“I signed up with GoSoccerCollegeUSA and produced a portfolio which contained stats and details about my football career, academic qualifications and video clips of me playing football.

“I received five offers from different colleges in America, but this was the best.”

Adam has been playing football since he was eight, initially with Carleton Juniors, Kellingley Welfare and Hemsworth Terriers. He played for Leeds United Academy for 18 months when 15, but had no further luck with professional teams.

Last season he played for semi-professional club Nostell MW in their first team and the under 19s as well as in the Wakefield College Football Development Programme.

He showed he has an eye for goal after finishing top scorer for both the college and Nostell under 19s sides.