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Fortuin favours the brave as Desborough College student takes up US football scholarship

Desborough College student Ben Fortuin is set to take up a prestigious football scholarship in the USA later this summer.

The Maidenhead United youth team player is set to join the West Virginia Wesleyan College to play for their ‘Bobcats’ team. Ben will get the opportunity to combine his university studies with high level football training over the next four years.

The scholarship has been earned with the assistance of PASS4Soccer Scholarships. He took part in a showcase event, staged by PASS4Soccer, gaining exposure to universities in the USA and was scouted by one of their coaches.

Reflecting on the opportunity, Ben said: “Now it feels that a new chapter is starting and that the many hours of training, playing and studying has paid off. I’m really looking forward to training and playing full-time football as-well as keeping up my education. 

“My scholarship is both for academic and athletic. West Virginia Wesleyan College, for me, is just the right size and the coaches and facilities are great, which will give me the platform to grow further. It was a hard choice, however, I cannot wait to get started.”

PASS4Soccer general manager, Danny Gibson, said: “Ben impressed me from the moment I first saw him play at one of our assessment events, his desire, commitment and leadership skills on the pitch relate directly to the type of character he is.

“This is exactly the type of person and player that the U.S. Coaches are keen to recruit and Ben will be joining the Soccer program at West Virginia Wesleyan College, which is a great fit for him and he will also be an asset to their playing roster.

“I know Ben is excited and cannot wait to get started and PASS4Soccer will be continuing with their support and monitoring Ben’s progress.”

Interested players should register online at 

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