Football-mad girls scored with American scholarship

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SIX pupils from a Doncaster school will be heading across the Atlantic after picking up their exam results yesterday.

Natalie McHale, Katie Bailey, Jessica Andrew, Lorna Mason, Stacy Elliott and Jenny Knibbs have all been awarded sports scholarships after completing their studies at the Balby Carr School sports academy.

Each of them will be going to play football for colleges in the US and Canada.

Academy director Jess Bain was delighted with the success of the youngsters, who were part of a school team which won the English Schools FA Cup this year.

She said: “It is absolutely fantastic for so many of them to achieve full scholarships.

“They are all being paid to go over and study in America. We have never had so many being so successful.

“Some of them have had offers from several colleges, so not only did they have offers, but they were in a position to pick and choose where they wanted to go as well.

“I think it is an outstanding achievement for each of them. They will be studying and playing football.

“Hopefully, it will open up lots of doors for them.

“There is nothing like this in the UK and I’m really proud of them.”

The girls have completed level three extended diplomas in sport.

Natalie and Katie have represented England at under 19 level and will be off to Davenport University and Midwest College, in Kentucky, respectively.

Lorna will also attend Midwest College, while Jessica heads for St Francis College, Pennsylvania.

Jenny has been awarded a place at Brenau College, in Atlanta, Georgia and last but not least, Stacy has a place at Cape Bretton College, in Nova Scotia, Canada.