Our Inaugural Showcase 2019 was a big success.
Despite the rainy showers throughout the day, our first Showcase at Surbiton H.C was a big success. With 14 US colleges in attendance from California to Rhode Island, we were thrilled with the standard of play across all age groups and the girls were able to produce their best hockey. Watch this space for all the exciting news to come in the upcoming months!
For a place in next years Showcase, keep an eye out on twitter and the Aspire USA website for details on how to sign up.
Aspire USA in California.
Aspire USA left behind the snow and rain in the UK late January to head for the winter sun in California to explore colleges on the west coast. We had the pleasure of visiting a host of different colleges in northern California namely Stanford, University of California Berkeley, University of California Davis, University of the Pacific and Santa Clara. What incredible opportunities on offer on the west coast, well worth the extra few hours on the plane! We look forward to bringing you some exciting news about our clients to come.
Aspire USA to host inaugural Showcase Tournament
We are excited to announce that on Tuesday 9th April 2019, we are hosting our first Showcase Tournament in partnership with Surbiton Hockey Club. With some of the top colleges confirmed to attend including Princeton and Harvard, this will provide players in the UK the opportunity to be scouted for a scholarship. To attend simply fill out a registration form on the website or using this link:
Spaces are limited so be quick to get your name down!
Nina is heading to the University of Michigan.
We are thrilled to announce that our lovely client, Nina Apoola has committed to the University of Michigan. Considered one of the foremost research universities in the United States with annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion, it has 50 MacArthur Fellows, 25 Nobel Prize Winners, 6 Turing Award Winners and 1 Fields Medallist affiliated with University of Michigan. Athletically, the Wolverines compete in the Big 10 Conference and have produces 250 athletes or coaches who have participated in Olympic events, winning more than 150 medals. Congrats, Nina, we cant wait to see you in Michigan blue!
Cailin commits to Northeastern
We are so pleased to announce that our superstar client, Cailin Hart has committed to a field hockey scholarship to Northeastern University right in the heart of Boston. One of the most selective colleges in the US, Northeastern was established in 1898 as a private experiential research university and has spent the past century perfecting the integration of rigorous academics and experiential learning opportunities, thereby creating the world's most powerful learning experience. Athletically NU Huskies compete in the Colonial Athletic Association against some of the top teams in the US. We couldn't be happier for Cailin and her family. Congrats!
Boston Trip Fall 2018
Aspire USA had the pleasure of travelling to Boston this Fall to visit Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Boston College and Northeastern as well as a day trip whale watching in the beautiful Cape Cod. Watching the Harvard field hockey team and client Rachel Greenwood, win the Ivy League Conference was a real highlight. Taking in the MIT museum, raiding the college bookstores for college apparel and visiting the wide range of colleges that the wonderful Boston has to offer was just a pleasure.
Lynn commits to Stanford
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Lynn Vanderstichele has committed to Stanford University on a field hockey scholarship starting next year. Stanford is one of the most exclusive universities in the world and with athlete alumni like Tiger Woods, the athletic program is world class. The Stanford field hockey program is consistently ranked top #15 in the NCAA Division 1 and play in the America East Conference. Lynn intends on studying Biochemistry and we have no doubt she will make the most of the Californian sun! Huge congrats, Lynn.
Chicago/ Michigan Trip
Aspire USA hit the road in the U.S last week to visit colleges in Evanston (Illinois), Ann Arbor, East Lansing and Mount Pleasant (Michigan). The trip included tours around Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Central Michigan University.
Aspire USA sign 3-year Sponsorship Deal with Surbiton HC
We are excited to announce that Aspire USA have joined forces with Surbiton Hockey Club to provide opportunities for their colt players to access scholarships to attend University in the U.S. Surbiton HC is a premier hockey club in Europe with a thriving junior section and we are looking forward to providing opportunities for them to develop their hockey and study for a degree in one of the best sporting environments in the world. Look out for Aspire USA at various events at the club including information evenings, family days and colt matches. There are more exciting events in the pipeline so watch this space!
Check out the press release:
Iona heads to Fairfield University.
We are delighted to announce that our lovely client, Iona Armour has committed to Fairfield University. Iona is a graduate student who recently graduated from St. Andrew's University and plays her club hockey at top Scottish club Grove Menzieshill. Having represented Scotland U21, Iona decided she wanted to play and study for a masters in the US College system. Fairfield University is a private University on the coastal town in Fairfield, Connecticut and was ranked #3 in the Northern Region and ranked top 15 in the country for Graduate Programs. The Fairfield Stags are a Division 1 athletics program and the field hockey team competes in the MAAC Conference which they won in 2017. We are thrilled that Iona is attending such a quality institution and we wish her the very best of luck.
King's Bruton School celebrate client Emily Wastell.
Client Emily Wastell has been praised by her school, King's Bruton for leading the way in current students studying abroad. Aspire USA secured an athletic scholarship for Emily to attend St. Louis University in Missouri. Emily was also awarded the prestigious Dean Scholarship for her outstanding academic achievement which she will utilise by majoring in Health Science. Emily has had two visits to St. Louis University and had this to say about the camps "St Louis is a vibrant city on the Mississippi River and I am so excited that I have the opportunity to live and study there for the next four years whilst representing the university playing a high level of field hockey in Division 1. The university is in the heart of the city, the facilities are amazing and everyone I have met has been so welcoming. I would definitely encourage more people to follow this path, although the process is lengthy it brings many incredible opportunities and a huge sense of achievement!". Well done Emily, we are thrilled for you.
Full article: https://www.kingsbruton.com/media/news/article/1353/Scholarship-Success-For-USA-Bound-Emily-
Lorna and Cailin selected for Scotland.
Congratulations to our two Scottish clients, Lorna Crawford and Cailin Hart who have both been selected for the Scotland U18 women's hockey ahead of the EuroHockey Championships II. The team will head out on the 15th July to the Czech Republic and kick off their campaign with pool matches against Wales, Russia and Lithuania. Good luck girls, bring the trophy home!
Rachel's Harvard story makes the press.
We were so proud to read Rachel Greenwood's interview in the Lancashire Life magazine recently. Rachel tells the story of her journey from getting scouted by Aspire USA after watching seeing her play, to committing to Harvard and everything in between! After narrowing down her scholarship offers from some of the very best colleges in the States, she decided to do an 'Official Visit' to Princeton and Harvard last October. Loving both campuses, she felt that the style of hockey at Harvard would suit her better and decided to give the next 4 years of her life to Harvard. Aspire USA will be heading to Boston in October to watch Rachel play and to pick up some amazing kit! Well done, Rachel. What an incredible role model you are to young girls and boys who have ambition to play sport and study at the highest level in the world.
Full article here:
Daisy is heading to South Carolina.
We are so thrilled to announce that our client Daisy Ruhle is heading to Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina. Limestone is a private, 4-year co-educational, liberal arts college in the stunning town of Gaffney. Limestone College Saints excel in NCAA Division 2 athletics with the field hockey program winning 15-4 last season. Limestone field hockey have a rich history in producing All-Americans and winning ECAC Conferences, so we are very excited to see how Daisy can add to this already successful team. Daisy is no stranger to success having made England Schools National Indoor Finals and playing the in the English national league. She will bring a wealth of experience to the Limestone team and a great personality. Good luck, Daisy.
Charlie is offically a Blue Dragon.
A massive congratulations to our lovely client Charlie Herbert who has committed to Hutchinson Community College on a golf scholarship. Charlie will be heading to Kansas this Fall to study and to compete in the NJCAA Division 1 program. With 19 overall NJCAA appearances, 18 Region VI Championships, 7 Jayhawk Championships and 6 Top 10 NJCAA Div 1 finishes, Hutchinson is one of the strongest golf programs in the NJCAA. Charlie was the BB&O Order of Merit winner in 2017 and 2016 along with many Top 10 finishes in major county and regional tournaments so we are excited to see what great golf Charlie can produce! Well done, Charlie.
Emily commits to SLU.
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Emily Wastell has committed to Saint Louis University for the Fall 2018 season. Emily was not only awarded an athletic scholarship but she was awarded the prestigious and highly selective 'Dean Scholarship' for her academic ability which we are incredibly proud of. She will be looking to study human biology as her major. Emily will be playing hockey at a top Division 1 program competing in the Atlantic 10 Conference with impressive world-class training facilities. We are excited that Emily will be studying in the vibe of St. Louis city and will enjoy the sunny climate! Well done, Emily.
Lorna is heading to Philly!
We are delighted to announce that client Lorna Crawford has committed to play hockey at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Lorna will have a full summer program of international matches representing Scotland to prepare her for a Fall 2018 start at SJU with her first game on August 16th vs Penn State. SJU have seen a meteoric rise in the field hockey rankings in recent years and finished last year in the top 13 teams in the nation. SJU won the Atlantic 10 Conference title and for the first time in program history, they made an appearance at the NCAA Championships. The SJU campus is one of the most beautiful campuses around, has a high level of academics and is one of Aspire USA's favourite college to visit! Well done Lorna, we are thrilled for you and know you will have a fantastic time.
Aspire USA 2018 Clients
Take a look at this slideshow of where our Fall 2018 athletes will be spending the next 4 years as student-athletes. We have worked with such a hard working, committed and friendly group of clients this year and can't wait to see how they can progress in their sport and in life. Each client is different in their own right and the colleges they have committed to reflect that, however they all share a desire to improve and to make the very most of their experience. It will be thrilling to see how far they will go. Good luck everyone!
Emilia is an Indoor National Champion.
A huge congratulations to Aspire USA client Emilia and the Repton hockey club for winning the 2018 National Indoor Club Championship. After 5 wins and 1 draw, the Repton HC U18 girls won the title being undefeated over the weekend which is an impressive feat. The semi final was the highlight game against Bath Buccaneers with the game ending as a 5-5 draw. Repton got through to the final winning 2-1 on penalty strokes with Emilia slotting her stroke into the bottom corner. Congratulations, Emilia and team.
Hannah wins 2017 National U18 Youth Award
A huge congratulations to our wonderful client, Hannah Griggs who has won the prestigious 2017 England Hockey Writers Club- National Youth Award. The award will be presented at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge at the end of January. Hannah has been consistently performing at the highest level in England club hockey, has scored many and important goals for Canterbury for the last three seasons and has been a top performer in the England U18 team. Not only has she performed at a high level this season, Hannah has found time in her very busy schedule to give back to the youth section at Canterbury and has sought to inspire the next generation of hockey players. She has been a credit to her club and school and we are very proud of her achievements. Well done, Hannah.
Rachel Commits to #1 Harvard.
We are thrilled to announce that our client Rachel Greenwood has committed to Harvard University! Harvard is currently ranked the #1 best University in the world so we are delighted that Rachel has accepted a scholarship to play field hockey and study in the Fall 2018. After visiting Princeton and Harvard back in October, she felt that the Harvard campus was the place for her and the style of hockey Harvard play would suit her skills and athleticism the best. Harvard alumni include Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Matt Damon and hundreds more of the most influential figures in history so we are excited to see what Rachel and her classmates will achieve over the next 4 years. Rachel will study for a Bachelor of Science and intends to specialise in Biological Studies. Well done for your hard work and patience through this process, Rachel and we can't wait to watch you in action next fall.
Aspire USA 2017 Trip. 7 days, 6 states, 13 campus visits, 4 matches, 2 training session. What a trip!
Rachel Greenwood wins 'Player of the Tournament'
Congrats to our brilliant hockey client, Rachel Greenwood who won 'Player of the Tournament' at the 2017 Futures Cup. The Futures Cup is a 4-day tournament where the best hockey players in England, Scotland and Wales come together to compete for national team selection at U18 and U16 level.
Daisy Kennedy wins U16 North of England Championship.
Our awesome golf client, Daisy Kennedy won the U16 North of England tournament at Pannel Golf Club. On the back of an undefeated performance playing for England against Switzerland the previous day, Daisy scored an impressive card of Level, -3, +2, -3 to win the tournament by 3 shots. Daisy has gone from strength to strength this season and with a short game most tour players would envy, I'm sure she will go on to more success. Well done, Daisy. We are super proud of you!
Hannah captains team to Champions of Kent
Congratulations Hannah Griggs and the Kent College hockey team who are champions of Kent 2017. Aspire USA client, Hannah Griggs in her last year at KC, captained the team to a wonderful victory. After 2 clean-sheet victories with a 3-0 and 6-0 victory in the morning, KC faced Sevenoaks in a cagey affair in the Final and eventually won the game in extra time. Congratulations girls!
Featured Athlete: Lizzie Prior
UNLV golf star, Lizzie Prior speaks to Aspire USA about her time in sunny Las Vegas and how much her game is improving. Watch her video to find out the reasons why.
After a successful sophomore year in the States, this summer in the UK she finished T5 in the Astor Salver, and runner up in the English Women's Open Match Play. We look forward to seeing what Lizzie can produce in her junior year as a Rebel.
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