18 year old Paul Midgley from Elmsett near Hadleigh landed the prized opportunity of a prestigious scholarship in America this year after weeks of applications and interviews. Paul will be studying English literature whilst concentrating on his tennis at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire from September 2014.
Paul praised teachers for their support. He said, “My teachers wrote references for me and my personal progression tutor (Ian Brown) has been incredibly helpful.”
Ian, who used to play professional football for Bristol City, said, “Paul has done amazingly well to get this opportunity. He talks to other students about his experiences and has encouraged them to consider the possibility of going abroad. It’s a big world out there and it’s important that young people realise that. You get a lot more than an education when you study abroad. The life experience Paul will get from this experience will help set him up for life.”
Paul was ranked in the top ten of UK players in his age group last year and can’t wait to start his American adventure. He said, “This can only help my game. The knowledge I will get from the coaches will be invaluable as I look to achieve my goal of becoming a professional tennis player. The mental side of the game is tough so I will be looking to improve this area of my game in the States. The USA is very big on confidence and self-belief and getting an idea of how they do things over there can only help me in the long run.”
Sports teacher Paul Rea added, “What Paul has done in his short career and in terms of securing this opportunity abroad is nothing short of inspirational. As an educational establishment we will be doing all we can to support him.”