Footballer Beth wins scholarship to America
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