IN 29 days the adventure of a lifetime begins for Safety Beach footballer Aimee Longley.
The ‘stopper' from first division club Corindi Breakers has her trip to the United States for study and to play college football all worked out, and departure will take place on July 30.
“There are four plane rides involved and 30 hours later I'll be in Oklahoma,” she said excitedly.
“This won't be the first trip outside Australia after going on a holiday to Bali.
“But, America is a long, way away and with the bookings now made, how close it is to the real thing is finally sinking in.”
Aimee is one of five Mid North Coast and North Coast Zone footballers to win scholarships organised by Marco Maisano, of NSR (National Scouting Report) Soccer Australia.
“First of all, an invitation arrived to attend the try-outs and I went to those just to see how it would go,” she revealed.
“Next up, I was called to an interview and later received confirmation I was successful.
“While I don't know much about the USA, the coach has been in contact and I'm getting a bit of feedback about what will happen once I'm over there.”
Over the next few years, Aimee will study for her degree in exercise science.
She will attend Bacone College in Muskogee, a 161-year-old liberal arts college affiliated with the American Baptist Church, embracing an historic educational mission with American Indians.
The team she will play with are known as the Lady Warriors.
“All up the course runs for four years,” she said.
“I hope I can stay over there for the full duration but everything depends on my grades and how well everything, including sport, goes.
“The whole thing is a wonderful opportunity and sometimes I pinch myself to discover if it's real.”