Holly begins American dream

Holly Napier from Carnoustie who is going off to the USA on a football course.
Holly Napier from Carnoustie who is going off to the USA on a football course.

A Carnoustie teen who has already represented Scotland in women’s football has won a scholarship to a top American college.

Holly Napier, a former pupil of Carnoustie High School, is set to jet off to Tennessee next week where she will join Martin Methodist College in the city of Pulaski, near Nashville.

The 17-year-old has been offered a four-year scholarship, where she will study PE as well get the opportunity to play football competitively.

Holly, who has represented her country on a number of occasions has played for local clubs including Panmure Boys’ Club and Arbroath Inchcape Girls.

She has also played for Glasgow Celtic but has more recently been turning out for Forfar Farmington.

The midfielder was approached just last month and was offered the opportunity of a scholarship and the chance to study in the United States.

And her mum Pamela said her daughter jumped at the idea.

She told the Gazette: “Holly had full intention of going back to Carnoustie High after the holidays but then this opportunity came along.

“It is a once in a lifetime chance and the amount of money and time the college are willing to invest in her is amazing.

“It has always been a dream of hers to go across there and play for a team so we are all really proud of her.

“She just can’t wait to go now.”

Holly travels to Tennessee on Monday with matches starting soon.

Martin Methodist College is one of the oldest in Tennessee and was founded using a gift from the will of Methodist minister Thomas Martin.