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Two talented young footballers are jetting off to the USA after scoring prestigious football scholarships.
Sarah Lowdon and Sam Etherington, both Gateshead College students, will bid farewell to the North East at the beginning of August as they travel to America to begin the four-year scholarships.
Sarah, 18, will head to Mississippi State University where she will take her place in the university's successful women's team while studying towards her degree in physical education.
Sam, 17, is going to Louisiana where she will study sports science and wellness at Nicholls State University while playing football for Nicholls State Women's Soccer team.
The pair are leaving Gateshead College after successfully completing National Diplomas in Sports Science at the Academy for Sport. During their two years at the college they were also valuable members of the Women's Football Academy, helping steer the team to two league victories.
Melanie Reay, women's football coach at Gateshead College, said: "Both girls have worked extremely hard on and off the pitch over the past year to gain these scholarships.
"Women's football is a lot bigger in the USA and they have done really well to have been given the chance to go out there, it's a great opportunity. They have been doing intense training over the last two months to make sure they are in peak condition when they begin the season in the States. This is a perfect example of the kind of opportunity available to young people who study at Gateshead College and everyone here wishes them every success."
Sam has also proved herself as a key member at Newcastle United. She said: "I'm looking forward to taking up my position on the team at Nicholls State. Over the past few years, I've really enjoyed playing for Gateshead College and Newcastle United and I'm sure I'll miss my team mates but this was an opportunity that could not be passed."
Gateshead College is leading the field in sport education in the North East with many students going on to enjoy successful sporting careers. England women's international star Carly Telford began her football career at the college and sports student, Kris Thackray, went on to play for Italy's Reggina FC.
Gateshead College also runs dedicated sports academies in men's football, basketball, netball, athletics, rugby and a new golf academy will be opening in September.
Enrolment is now open for all Gateshead College courses, including those at the Academy for Sport. For more information call 0191 490 2246 or drop into our enrolment events on August 26 and 27 between 10am and12noon and 1pm and 3pm for full time courses and 4pm and 7pm for part time courses.
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