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CFC invests scholarship money into Academy

By Staff, 12/20/18, 9:30AM EST

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Chattanooga Football Club will continue its investment in youth soccer by granting 10 local athletes a scholarship to attend Chattanooga Football Club Academy’s College ID Camp in January. The camp will provide opportunity for high school aged players to be identified for possible recruitment by college coaches.

“Players in the Academy have experienced unprecedented success for soccer in Chattanooga over the past few years,” said Sheldon Grizzle, Chattanooga FC GM and CFC Academy board member. “We are excited to support the Academy’s efforts to provide a pathway to attain a college degree.”

Chattanooga Football Club Academy is led by executive director Matt Yelton, who won four national championships as the women’s head coach at Lee University.

“As a former college coach, I remember how important these types of ID camps are for the recruitment process. The momentum of our club right now has helped more than 30 players sign to play college soccer in the last two years” said Yelton. “We are thankful for the support of Chattanooga Football Club in helping more of our players reach their dream of playing college soccer."

This is the first College ID Camp ever hosted in the history of club soccer in Chattanooga. Danny McBride, former Chattanooga Football Club player and current College Recruiting Coordinator for the Academy, is organizing the event and hopes to have 20-30 college coaches present.

“Our club has doubled in size over the past few years and we had a record number of athletes sign to play college soccer this year," said McBride. "As more colleges become familiar with the talent coming from CFC Academy, the time is right to offer something like this to our community."

The CFC Academy College ID Camp will take place at the club’s primary training facility — Camp Jordan Park — January 26-27. The two days will cover technical training, 11v11 matches, and Q&A sessions with college coaches from D1, D2, D3, and NAIA schools.

Current players for CFC Academy and CFC Foundation programs are eligible to apply for the need-based financial aid. All players born in 2004 or before are welcome to attend regardless of club affiliation. For registration information and financial aid information, click here.

“Chattanooga Football Club’s brightest days are ahead of us, added Grizzle. “We are committed to increasing our investment into CFC Academy and all levels of youth soccer development.”