Chris Pearson has emerged as another success story from the Scarborough Football Scholarship.
Following on from students who have gone on to work at Premier League clubs and coach abroad, the 18-year-old has excelled in both his studies and his football training, from there he is reaping the rewards.
Scholarship coaches Denny Ingram and Ryan Blott have recruited him for BetVictor side Pickering Town for the new campaign, while in the classroom he has come away with excellent grades in his BTEC Level Three extended diploma in sport, which has allowed him to progress into the Scholarship’s degree link with Loughborough College.
Coach Blott said: “He has always had the potential, both on the pitch and in the classroom, but it was about him buying into it, listening and learning.
“Obviously we know all about him from working with him at the Scholarship, so we took him down for pre-season at Pickering and he has really impressed us.
“We have taken a number of scholars down over the past year or so and none of them have ever looked out of place, it is just a case of them getting used to the environment.
“Education comes first at the Scholarship, it is about applying yourself at college and then following it up on the pitch.
“We have so many opportunities for these young adults to grasp though. The chance to do a degree in association with Loughborough College and then in football, we also have the link with both Scarborough Athletic and Pickering Town.
“If they take their chance then it has become clear that there is a pathway and they can progress, through to Pickering, and then if they continue to push on, to Scarborough Athletic and maybe further.”