Football scholarship after hitting the net
Teenager Jack Ball has been offered a scholarship at an American college after a coach saw an internet video of him playing football.
The 17-year-old, from Mountsorrel, was made the offer of a two-year scholarship after the coach of a Californian college spotted his potential.
The Loughborough College student, who plays for Griffin FC, in the town, edited the video of himself after trials with private coaching company PASS4Soccer.
Jack, a striker, said: "It was hard work and I had to go through a lot of trials but it has been worth it.
"The company makes a video so coaches in America can see you and I helped edit that.
"Having this opportunity is a dream come true for me."
Coach Benjamin Wade, director of soccer operations and head men's coach at Lassen Community College, in Susanville, north-eastern California, said he was delighted to offer Jack the scholarship.
He said: "I am thrilled that Jack has decided to commit to Lassen College of California.
"I knew he was just the type of player I am looking for as soon as I watched his video on the internet."
Jack will set off for California in August, but is hoping to raise £15,000 to help pay for his scholarship.
He is planning fund-raising events when the weather improves, including bike rides and distance runs to help raise some of the money.