Client Alice Bussey features on BBC Radio Kent
Client Alice Bussey is getting set to embark on the journey of a lifetime this fall after committing to the University of North Alabama.
The Gillingham Ladies striker, who was named Young Player of the Year in the 2018-19 season, will become a student-athlete and head to the US in August.
Bussey will bring an end to her 10-year stay with Gillingham when she departs. Her big move was picked up by BBC Radio Kent recently and the striker was invited to be a guest on their sports show.
“It’s definitely something that I wouldn’t be able to do here,” she said on the show. “I’d get my degree, but I wouldn’t be able to play at a level that I’m going to be playing at.
“Women’s soccer, in America, is a lot bigger than men’s soccer, which is why, in the UK, perhaps women’s football isn’t as big as the men’s at the moment.”
Bussey continued: “Collegiate sport out there is a different class compared to university sport here,” she said on the show. “The amount of money that goes into facilities, you’d think you were going to a Premier League training ground.
“The University of North Alabama has recently gone up into DI, so the progress and everything going on in the school is massive. Over the four years that I’ll be there, it’s going to develop even more.
“I think it will develop me as a player on and off the pitch, living by yourself. But on the pitch, you’re training twice a day, every day, so it’s going to make you like a professional, like the girls in WSL now.”
Bussey departs from Gillingham to play NCAA DI soccer for North Alabama
UNA is located in Florence, Alabama and is the state’s oldest four-year public university. The school has just over 7,500 students attending and has 14 athletic programs – six men’s and eight women’s.
The Lions transitioned into an NCAA DI institution in 2018 and compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN). The women’s soccer team went 6-11 in the 2019 season, missing out on a place in the conference tournament.
Not only are the athletics programs nicknamed the ‘Lions’, but there are actually two Lions living on campus. They’re called Leo and Una III and have been at the university since 2002.
PASS4Soccer are delighted to have been able to help Alice along the way. We look forward to following her progress with North Alabama. You can click here to view an example of where else we’ve sent players on scholarships.
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