James Awodi Kingsley has become the first player from the Vector Programme to receive international recognition, after being called up by Nigeria Under 20s!
Brooke House College and Coventry City Football Club launched their new joint venture – The Vector Programme – last April.
The Vector Programme offers full time elite football at Coventry City Under 23 International Academy, alongside education of excellence with a degree in BSc Sport and Exercise Science with Management, which is accredited by Loughborough University.
The programme enables student/players the opportunity to develop their football skills and talents, as well as attaining an excellent degree from the world number 1 ranked University for Sports related degrees, Loughborough University.
James is an 18-year-old attacking player who can play in several positions and has great dribbling ability and speed. He has played 13 games for Coventry City’s International Academy team so far this season and scored one goal.
James has been called up to represent the Nigeria Under 20s at the African Youth Championship in Egypt, which is also a FIFA U20 World Cup qualifier, between 18th February and 12th March.
Rachel Caine, Head of Student Enrollment said:
‘’All at Vector are delighted that James has attained such a wonderful opportunity to represent his country – Nigeria. The academy is a platform for individuals to improve their skills and abilities and showcase their talent to UK and international scouts, the success of James being scouted demonstrates that sporting programmes such as Vector are key for developing players for a career in football. ‘’
Mikey Edwards, Coach, said:
“The coaching team are very happy for James. It’s great to see his progression since joining in the programme and we wish him all the best for this opportunity.”
Tim Fisher, Chairman at Coventry City, said:
“Having been closely involved with the Vector Programme project since its inception, it’s great news to hear James receiving international recognition.
“The programme mixes the elite football academy experience alongside attaining an excellent degree from Loughborough University. This gives young aspiring footballers a unique all-round sporting, academic and personal development opportunity. The Vector Programme has already proved successful for a number of the players involved, and I am very pleased with the successes so far.
“On behalf of the Football Club, I would like to wish James the best of luck during his time with Nigeria.”
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