Foot­baller Beth wins schol­ar­ship to Amer­ica

Rutherglen Reformer - - Review of the Year -

A for­mer Stonelaw High stu­dent suc­ceeded in gain­ing a col­lege schol­ar­ship to study and play foot­ball at a cam­pus in Amer­ica.

Beth Pre­ston (19), re­ceived the schol­ar­ship through the Ti­tle IX scheme and left for Amer­ica af­ter the sum­mer of 2015.

The schol­ar­ship bal­ances aca­demic stud­ies and in­tense foot­ball train­ing, but Beth was yet to find out where she would be placed and in what col­lege she would be en­rolled.

The tal­ented foot­baller, from Cam­bus­lang, said: “I heard about the schol­ar­ship idea through a few girls I have played with be­fore, who have al­ready gone over to Amer­ica through the same scheme.

“I thought it sounded like a great op­por­tu­nity and I de­cided to ap­ply.

“I really want to know where I will be head­ing.”

She started her ca­reer play­ing for Hamil­ton Aca­dem­i­cal Women and Girls FC be­fore join­ing Celtic in 2013.

She trans­ferred to Hiber­nian Girls and Ladies FC in Jan­uary this year and fits her train­ing around study­ing to­wards an HND in Coach­ing and De­vel­op­ing Sport at New Col­lege La­nark­shire.

Beth said: “I have been play­ing foot­ball since I was seven years old.

“I can’t wait to go to Amer­ica and meet loads of peo­ple, but I know I will miss my fam­ily and friends so much.

“I think that will be the big­gest chal­lenge for me when I ar­rive and is definitely my big­gest worry at the mo­ment.”

The schol­ar­ship scheme, un­der the Ti­tle IX law, aims to elim­i­nate dis­crim­i­na­tion in ed­u­ca­tional ath­let­ics and sports across Amer­ica.

Since the scheme was formed in 1972, there have been more schol­ar­ships, op­por­tu­ni­ties and an in­creased bud­get for women in sports.

Beth or­gan­ised an event at the Burn­side Ho­tel to raise funds for her trip and cel­e­brate the achieve­ment.

Amer­ica bound Beth Pre­ston who won a foot­ball schol­ar­ship in the USA

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