Girls need your help
EIGHT months of solid trialling paid off for Jess Barrett and Sam Taylor when news arrived they'd been chosen to try out for Varsity football scholarships in America.
The students from Toormina High will head stateside in January . . . that is, if the $5500 they each need to make the trip can be raised in time.
Rob Manning, who coaches Jess and Sam at their home club Boambee, said if ever a couple of talented sportspeople deserved support from corporate sponsors, it's these girls.
"If the girls perform as well as we know they can they'll go very close to picking up contracts," he said.
"With the vacancies on offer they've probably got a one in seven chance of making it and that something I know is within their range."
The duo are chasing the same type of scholarship previously won by Coffs Lioness' goalie, Erin Herd.
Both girls can hardly contain their excitement at the prospect of the trip to the United States. "We're due to be away for 10 days and have been checking out what to expect," Sam said.
"They have promised to show us how the Varsity system works and give us some experience of living over there."
Sam and Jess will be shooting for two types of scholarships.
One lasts for two years but the ultimate goal is the four-year full-time contract for $160,000 a season.
"They deserve to have an opportunity like that," coach Manning said.
Supporters willing to assist should contact contact him on 0415 034 597.