Thanyapura is excited to announce a three-year partnership with FirstPoint USA, the global leader in contributing scholar-athlete talent to the US market.
FirstPoint USA will work with Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort in Phuket to increase opportunities for students across Southeast Asia, enabling them to access life-changing sports scholarships at some of America’s top universities and colleges.
Thanyapura World is FirstPoint USA’s first exclusive Southeast Asian partner and is planning to host international regional recruitment events starting in April 2020. The partnership covers Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.
Founded in the UK in 2001, FirstPoint USA works with 2,500 colleges and universities in the USA, and is the world’s leading authority in American sports scholarships, having secured more than $200 million in scholarship awards for 12,000 athletes. Former FirstPoint athletes include 2016 Masters Champion, Danny Willett, England football star, Jamie Vardy and HSBC Shanghai Masters Champion, Russell Knox. The agency has offices in the UK, Shanghai, Melbourne, Singapore, Mumbai and New York.
Steve Wallace, Football Business Development Manager for Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, said; “We are very excited to work with FirstPoint USA. They have an established track record placing players in colleges and universities across America. As a former student-athlete myself, I know first-hand what an incredible experience it is to play sport and attend college in the USA. Our goal is to make this opportunity a reality for male and female players throughout the region.”
Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort is a recognized destination for healthy holidays, sports training and executive health retreats, and was recently named Asia’s Leading Sports Resort 2019 at the World Travel Awards. The resort runs speciality camps and clinics, and has co-hosted youth soccer camps and CSR events with Chelsea FC, Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund.
Andrew Kean, CEO and founder of FirstPoint USA, said: “FirstPoint USA is thrilled to be partnering with Thanyapura World starting with events at Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort in Phuket, a truly world-class sports and wellbeing destination situated in a stunning location. There is a genuine excitement for the potential of this partnership, and we are fully motivated to quickly open up the vast sporting opportunities we have to offer students throughout Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on football, tennis and swimming. Everyone at FirstPoint USA warmly welcomes the Thanyapura team to our family of partners, and we are really looking forward to our first collaborative event in April of next year.”