Hard Work Pays Off – Bristol Academy Pride

This past year two captains of the Bristol Academy Pride, Eric Sjostedt and Cameron Burkinshaw, out worked almost everyone in their efforts to get to the NCAA.

Not just on the practice field and in the weight room but also their work rates in the classroom to get their grades up and to revise and sit the SAT/ACT tests for American Admission. Often on top of this they would volunteer their time to help coach in our community leagues and simply help the staff tidy out the lockup.

Like other captains before them at the team they did everything and more that was asked of them and selflessly helped the team anyway they could.

Both were stand out players and both achieved near perfect grades in their academic work, so it was great when Eric announced this week that he will be joining Cameron in the NCAA this coming season.

Cameron had secured his place at Beuna Vista, a Division Three program, some months ago and was the first player in team scrimmages this pre-season to record an interception. Eric though had decided to turn down other interest to join family at West Viriginia and try and earn a walk on spot with the Division One powerhouse. This week he got the great news that his efforts at offensive line were successful and he is now a Mountaineer!

“I could not be prouder of this pair” said Coach Herod of the PRIDE. “Just an excellent example and role models to future players trying to make their dream a reality. Nothing worth having is ever easy to achieve and these young men have got exactly what their tireless efforts over the past 3 years have deserved”.

The pair take the total number of players graduating the PRIDE into the USA Ranks to over 20. We expect more to follow this coming year thanks to some very strong links made with the PRO Football Hall of Fame Academy from Canton Ohio.

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Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1