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Brent football stars looking to become the greatest in Kentucky trial

PUBLISHED: 23:23 18 December 2014 | UPDATED: 23:23 18 December 2014

Boxer Muhammad Ali

Boxer Muhammad Ali

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Muhammad Ali, “The Greatest” boxer of all time, was from Louisville, Kentucky, but what most people don’t know is that it is also the home of a thriving hub of football – or soccer as our American friends call it at Ballarmine University.

Capital City Academy student Luke GalvinCapital City Academy student Luke Galvin

On Friday, at Capital City Academy in Willesden, Under-18 football stars from Brent interested in being recruited onto the US scholarship programme will take part in a trial match.

Brent Schools FA chairman Chris Ampofo said: “Ballermines assistant head coach Matt Cannady is flying from the States to attend the event.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for talented footballers to spend three years at an elite football programme and get excellent qualifications at the end of it.

“My friend’s son, Dan Schiavi, had a brilliant time there.

“He was their Most Valuable Player on one occasion and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. His family were very positive about the university so we are delighted to have the opportunity to build a link with them.”

Ampofo is planning to make the trial a regular feature and wants to have two or three quality American universities on board in the future.

He said: “It is something that we discussed with Fiona Dempsey (the director of sport at Capital City) some time ago.

“The school have been very generous to local players with their facilities. The funding from Cargiant and The Wembley National Stadium Trust has allowed Brent to consider ambitious options like this.

“Following the England trials that we hosted, this is a great way to end the year.”


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