Created: Apr 16, 2022 07:37 AM
Opportunity knocks: Bermudian Luke Fulton is featuring for Surf Select Boys 2006 White team at the Easter International Cup in Orlando, Florida, as a guest player
Luke Fulton is the latest local player to benefit from a burgeoning partnership between Warwick Archers and the International Development Academy.
The defender is competing for the Surf Select Boys 2006 White team at the Easter International Cup in Orlando, Florida, as a guest player.
The opportunity for the Bermuda Football Association National Academy member to participate in the event is a continuation of the partnership the Warwick Archers have developed with International Development Academy providing exposure for players at international events.
The IDA helps student-athletes find football and educational pathways which is suitable for them; creating an environment for growth, development and success on and off the field.
The academy also offers unique college placement services and have residential programs in Spain, Italy, England and the United States. ”
Richard Todd, the Warwick Archers program director, is delighted to see the partnership flourishing.
“The partnership with IDA continues to provide valuable experiences for our players,” he said.
“Not only are they getting opportunities to travel and compete against elite teams, but the friendships and exposure that comes along with guest playing with the Surf teams can result in future opportunities for recruitment to collegiate programs, and development of lasting friendships with players from other countries.
“Luke is a solid defensive player and has already impressed the Surf coaches with his contributions to the team’s performances.
“We look forward to continuing to partner with IDA for guest players in future events.”
The Easter International Cup is a tournament for boys and girls from under-10 to under-19 that provides a high level of competition and features teams from across the United States, including Major League Soccer academy and elite youth club teams.
The tournament attracts college coaches on the lookout for potential players to recruit for their programs.
Fulton’s involvement in the partnership between Warwick Archers and the IDA follows on the heels of success with Xhavi DeRoza and Alexander Rymon-Lipinski at the Jefferson Cup Richmond, Virginia, earlier this month.
The pair were members of the 2007 New England Surf State Navy team that won the Under-15 Platinum Division title after edging Richmond Strikers 07 Elite 2-1 in the championship match.
Rymon-Lipinski and DeRoza were both on target for the victors whose team included compatriot Nile Bean, who scored the vital goal that propelled the Surf to the final.