Former Hartpury footballers score big successes in United States


Two former Hartpury College junior footballers are making their mark in the United States playing top college soccer.

Ellis McSharry and Troy Walters, who completed the Level Three Extended Diploma Sport (Performance and Excellence) Football at Hartpury, have already made a significant impact across the Atlantic.

Ellis picked up a scholarship with help from ‘Future Elite’, a company that works with Hartpury every year helping young talented footballers gain a place in top US colleges combining their studies and soccer.

Wilmington University was the destination for Ellis, located in New Castle, Delaware, while Troy gained a full scholarship with Campbellsville University in Kentucky.

Zach Michell, lecturer in FE Sport (Football) and Junior Football Academy Coach, said: “Receiving their education at Hartpury College prior to their trips stateside would have no doubt helped their work ethic and motivation towards their studies and soccer, as they now will be calling it, in the United States.

“We’re delighted to have been able to provide Ellis and Troy with the support and the opportunities to help them fulfil their ambitions of playing and studying across the Atlantic.

“We wish Ellis and Troy the very best of luck and look forward to hearing lots more about their success in the future.”

Hartpury – the number one sports college in the UK – has produced many footballers who have gone on to secure professional contracts, including Abdul Majeed Waris, currently playing for FC Nantes in France, and Ghana international and Philadelphia Union winger David Accam.

Wilmington have started the season off strongly winning seven of their first 11 games, drawing three and only recently suffering their first defeat.

Ellis has been a key versatile player for Wilmington, being a strong defender and also scoring goals.

Like Ellis, Troy has become an integral part of Campbellsville Soccer team helping them to four wins from their first nine games and also getting some goals.

Hartpury’s strong relationships with sports clubs, national governing bodies and associations provide its students with opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge.

Its new £8.8 million Sports Academy building, featuring the very latest in sports equipment and state-of-the-art technology, including human performance and biomechanics laboratories, enhances its extensive range of world-class facilities.

It is home to top-level coaches, nutritionists, scientists and competing athletes across 10 Sports Academy programmes, including rugby, football, golf and modern pentathlon, as well as its own Championship rugby club, Hartpury RFC.

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