Everyone at Stirling Albion would like to wish all the very best to our modern apprentice and U20 defender Stephen Al-Sayed as he heads to the USA.
Stephen, who turns 19 in September and has been with us since the age of 13, is leaving the club to study secondary teaching at the University of Maine at Fort Kent – he is going over on a scholarship and will be playing football all over the United States as part of his education.
Stephen said: “I have really enjoyed my time working for Stirling Albion and doing my coaching apprenticeship. It has been a great experience, which has led me to go on to study teaching over in the States.
“I would like to say a big thanks to everyone at the club for welcoming me and for making it such an enjoyable year. Also, thanks to Andy (Todd) for everything he has helped me with in terms of coaching and teaching kids. I wish everyone at the club all the best and hopefully we gain promotion this season.”
SAFC Community Engagement Manager Andy Todd said: “Stephen has done a fantastic job this last year in his role as Community Modern Apprentice. His year was due to finish at the beginning of September but he is leaving us a bit earlier to take up this fantastic opportunity in America.
“Stephen had a great rapport with the kids and developed well as a coach over the year and I am sure he will use this experience in his new venture. We are sorry to be losing him, both as a community coach and as a promising young player, but wish him every success for the future.”
We are now in the process of recruiting our next modern apprentice for the coming season and will hopefully have more information on this soon.