Wolverton heads abroad for soccer

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PH senior Brian Wolverton used his skills for the Arabians and is now excited to push himself to new level. Karen Branham / Times-Post file

Pendleton - While many of his fellow seniors are shopping to stock their college dorms, Brian Wolverton is preparing a passport.

Wolverton, a Pendleton Heights senior, is bound for England to study and play soccer at the Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy, a university in Leeds, about three hours north of London.

While overseas, Wolverton will receive the same college-level education as he would have gotten here in the United States. At the same time, he’ll play competitive soccer on the European stage.

“To have the opportunity to play international soccer in a place where soccer is the premier sport is an amazing honor for a U.S. player,” said Bobby Holden, the head coach for Wolverton’s club team, USF Real. Holden is also the New Palestine High School head coach. “The tradition and history of soccer in England goes far beyond what we can imagine here in the United States. It is a serious sport, with many opportunities to play at the professional level.

“For someone who loves soccer as Brian does, it is the epitome of his career thus far to be recognized for his talents by a premier soccer program.”

While competing in an Olympic Development Program for Indiana in July, Wolverton was invited to pursue the RIASA opportunity.

The more research Wolverton did into the Richmond Academy, the more excited he became.


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