A sport student scored herself an international scholarship after impressing an American coach with her football skills.

PitC and Highbury College student Lizzy Knight

Lizzy Knight secured a spot at Dodge City Community College in the U.S. after sending footage of her playing to prospective coaches.

The 19-year-old is the first student to gain a scholarship after completing a Level 3 Diploma in Sport with Pompey in the Community (PitC), delivered in partnership with Highbury College.

Lizzy said: "I’m excited because I wanted to carry on playing football at a high level and I wanted to go to uni, so this means I can do both. I’m looking forward to meeting my new team because I get to live with them, go on tour with them and play with them all around the States."

Head of Curriculum for PitC Dan Rook said: "We are delighted that Lizzy has secured this scholarship. She’s been very determined and worked tremendously hard not only in the classroom but also with her football."

Lizzy will be studying for a degree in Athletic Training while playing for the Dodge City Conquistadors.

Despite the coronavirus lockdown, Lizzy has continued to work hard to complete her Level 3 Diploma in Sport alongside improving her maths skills, with support from Highbury College.

Lizzy said: "I’ve really enjoyed my course. My coaches have pushed me to do well this year and suggested I look for a sponsorship out in the US because the facilities are better than at English universities. My maths tutor at Highbury inspired me to improve my maths, which has also helped me to secure my scholarship."

Penny Wycherley, interim principal and CEO of Highbury College said: "We are all very proud of Lizzy and can’t want to see what her future holds. When opportunities like this come along it’s really important our students have the confidence to grab them with both hands."

As part of the diploma, PitC take the students to Memphis, Tennessee to visit universities and compete in a showcase football tournament. This year’s students also had the opportunity to play against other teams from across the UK at St George’s Park and got to watch the Lionesses in action.

Dan added: "We firmly believe that we give our students not only the academic skills to be successful in higher education, but also social skills that enable many of our students to be confident to study in another country."

For more information on the sports programme, click here and visit pompeyitc.co.uk/btec/

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  • Date 29/04/2020