A dad from Bruntcliffe is hoping to raise £7,000 to enable his son to fulfill his dream of moving to America on a football scholarship.
The terms of the scholarship means Neil Farnhill has to provide proof his son will have enough money to support himself for the first year he is studying in the USA.
Reece Farnhill, 18, is currently studying performance and excellence in sport at Wakefield College and has been offered a two year soccer scholarship at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Minnesota in the mid-west of the USA.
Mr Farnhil said: “We are extremely proud of him, we don’t have that sort of money but this opportunity is life changing, we do not want him to miss out. I am trying to raise as much money as I can, I have already sent out letters to local businesses asking if they will sponsor him. Also I am planning some fundrasing events for later in the year.”
It has taken the family a while to decide which college Reece should go to as he received several offers after he was noticed by an agent who filmed him playing and sent it to contacts in the US.
He does not play in a professional team at the moment but he does play for Wakefield City who are in Division One of the West Riding County Amateur League.
When Reece goes over to Minnesota initially he will do a sports related associated degree which covers a wide range of topics, then if he chooses to stay on he will select a subject to major in. His father says his family fully supports him and are completely behind him in his big move, despite the fact they will miss him.
The Anoka-Ramsey Community College has a nationally recognised football team and earnt a spot in the national championships. Dates of the fundraising activities and details of Reece’s progress will be posted at www.facebook.com/ReeceFarnhillUSAScholarship.