Alex Plimmer, local football player from Mount Aspiring College, has been accepted into Longwood University in the United States to study political science this year, and has also been chosen to represent the university in football (soccer). He will play for the Longwood Lancers football team for the university while studying, hoping to achieve a professional career in the sport in the future.
Longwood University is a public liberal arts school of around 6,000 students, and their sports teams are in the top division in the country. “I will be studying political science with a focus on global politics. In addition, I am a part of the Honours College, which is an extension to my degree with classes being based on principles of community, leadership, service and scholarship,” said Plimmer.
With such a strong course, Plimmer also seeks to keep football at the top of his agenda. “What drew me to the USA was the ability to study full time and earn a degree whilst also being able to pursue a professional football career in a top quality environment, essentially in a professional set up. Football will definitely remain at the forefront, equally with my studies and was the determining factor in me choosing to go abroad,” he said.
Plimmer went through USA Sports Connect to be able to get to the U.S. for his studies. The New Zealand-run recruiting agency helped him 'to visit some universities and partake in a few trials before I decided upon where I was going to attend'.
Plimmer is very grateful for all the guidance given to him by Rory Hannon, who also travelled to the U.S. for similar reasons last year. He is also thankful for 'the team at the Fit Collective Gym in Wanaka for helping me out with my training and also the Masonic Lodge for their generous grant'.