Tom Nets American Scholarship
Barnsley College Sport student Tom Toulson has scored a scholarship with William Carey Crusaders Men's Soccer in Mississippi, USA.
The midfielder secured the scholarship after impressing coaches at a PASS4Soccer showcase, which arranges soccer scholarships in USA universities for players from the UK, Europe and around the world. The 18-year-old was picked after becoming a regular starter for Barnsley Sports Academy’s male football team and captained the team to silverware.
Tom played a vital part in the Barnsley Sports Academy male football team doing the double last season by winning both the Association of Colleges (AoC) Yorkshire and Humber League and the Komm Mit International Copa Maresme Football Tournament.
Tom, of Doncaster Road, said: “The support I have received from the College has really helped me to pursue my goals in football and education. College arranged a talk from PASS4Soccer who provided advice and guidance on soccer scholarships and universities in America. I’m getting the opportunity to play professional football whilst studying a degree and that’s all thanks to the College.
“The College staff have made sure I am fully prepared for playing and studying in America. I'm buzzing to get over there and looking forward to the hot weather.”
Mark Ryan, Sport Programme Manager at the College, added: “Tom has worked really hard to develop as a footballer during his time here, working with the coaching team at Barnsley Sports Academy. Tom has a real opportunity to progress in football and education and we wish him all the very best.”
Barnsley Sports Academy offers fantastic facilities and a team of expert and specialist coaches supporting talented sports performers in any discipline. Academies include Football (male and female), Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Refereeing and Individual Athlete Academy.
To find out more about Barnsley College and the Barnsley Sports Academy call +44 (0)1226 216 123 or visit www.barnsley.ac.uk/sport