ABout Soccer Assist

October 2014 was the birth of Soccer Assist as co-founders Tyrelle McLeod-Bentley & Junior Osei-Tutu sat in their dorm room in West Virginia discussing the lack of support they received from their scholarship agency.

Soccer Assist use a client-centered approach offering a personalised experience to each student-athlete. This will enable each individual to achieve their full academic and sporting potential. Attaining a scholarship is just the beginning of the process, we help create sporting opportunities throughout their time in the U.S. It is up to the individual to make the most of these opportunities to excel in their university career.

Travelling to another country may seem to be a daunting experience, but with Soccer Assist, you will feel at ease. The guidance and tailored support services will allow each student-athlete to reach their maximum potential and surely make an impression. With experiences of playing in the U.S, the staff have achieved Academic Honors, National Championships and have competed at the professional standard. Now it’s Soccer Assist’ turn to guide clients to do the same; as with the right support, anything is possible.


Meet the team

Soccer Assist is an award-winning scholarship agency that help talented student-athletes secure U.S scholarships.

The foundation of Soccer Assist is based on providing student-athletes with a support structure that guides each individual to achieve their full potential.

Junior Osei-Tutu


Junior successfully completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Walsh University attaining a major in Business Management, graduating with a GPA of 3.5. Throughout his time in the U.S he attained the skills and knowledge to manage an efficient workforce.

Spending his youth days playing within the Milton Keynes Dons setup, he pursued his soccer career by attaining a soccer scholarship in the U.S. He became a two-time national champion with West Virginia Tech University (prior to his time at Walsh University). He achieved many academic honors including: Deans List 2014 & 2015 & 2016 and was also a member of the 2015 Fall GLIAC All-Academic & All-Academic Excellence Team.

Junior attained a ‘Junior Sports Leadership Award’, which enabled him to communicate effectively with various age groups. He also completed the ‘Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme’, which provided him with skills and confidence to work effectively within a group. In 2017, Junior was awarded the ‘Top 20 Young Entrepreneurs 2017’ by Startups UK.

Tyrelle McLeod-Bentley


After studying a Business Management degree in the U.S for 2 years at Olympic College & West Virginia Tech University, Tyrelle moved on to play professionally in Sweden. A 2014 'Young Enterprise business award' winner, Tyrelle has received numerous educational and sporting accolades in his career to date.

Tyrelle earned his place on an internship with The Prelude Group where he worked with some of Britain's most illustrious businesses. He has also worked with CEO’s behind some of Britain’s most illustrious businesses.

Ellise Newby

Marketing Coordinator

Ellise successfully completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Marketing at Coventry University. During her university years Ellise represented her university football team attaining, 'player of the season' and 'top goalscorer' awards for her second year season. Growing up, Ellise spent her youth years playing football at an academy level playing for Northampton Town Ladies Centre of Excellence. In her spare time currently plays for Leicester City Ladies and Fleetwood Town WFC. During her gap year Ellise worked as a Marketing assistant to the Marketing Director at one of UK's leading bespoke office furniture companies.

During her time at school Ellise completed her Junior Sports Leadership award and helped raise over £6,000 in her sixth form years for Teenage Cancer Trust. Which provided her with a passion to provide opportunities for others.

Liam Roche

Relationship Coordinator

Liam completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville TN); Exercise Science major graduating with a GPA of 3.4. He played youth football within the Rushden & Diamonds setup, as well as spells with Northampton Town, Leicester City and Corby Town. Liam pursued a NCAA soccer scholarship in the U.S with Muskingum University (Ohio), before transferring to Trevecca Nazarene University in 2014. He achieved an academic honours including: Deans List 2015 & 2016.

Liam has also completed the ‘Young Apprentice Programme’, which provided himself the skills and confidence of coaching and mentoring young people through sport.

Joshua Brown

Video Content Editor

Josh successfully obtained his Bachelor's degree in Sports Journalism and is now part of the content team that is responsible for creating highlight tapes and other video content on Soccer Assist's YouTube. Since graduating, Josh has worked a number of roles throughout the media industry including a short stint at Somethin' Else Media.

Josh has spent a number of years playing non-league football, with teams such as North Greenford FC, Southall FC and Northwood. He has a keen eye for footballing talent which helps when creating player highlight reels.

Jack Silbermann

Sports Consultant

Jack started selling travel packages while still at school; he ordered buses to take fans to football games. This eventually led to organising trips to watch English teams play in Europe before a guest on one trip offered him a full time job at his travel agency. Combing his love for football and travel led Jack to become one of the companies top salesmen. He spent the next few years travelling the world to help clients, always ensuring he managed to get a local football match in on the way!

The interest in studying abroad came while working in Foreign Exchange, dealing with parents and sending their kids to the U.S to play for colleges. Hearing the many different hoops required to gain access to the college led him to Soccer Assist. He joins the SA team excited to help youngsters make the move abroad with the confidence that they are in good hands. Jack’s role involves finding the right university for student-athletes, understanding what makes each individual tick and ultimately ensuring that they enjoy their time abroad.


Our Vision

To become the number one sports scholarship agency in the world. Soccer Assist values:

  • Focus on results – when we need to be, we are ruthlessly focused.
  • We plan and identify all eventualities in order to react quickly if required.
  • We have the right answers for 99% of questions. For the remaining 1% we will find the best answer.
Freedom to succeed
  • Trust forms the foundation of our team and empowers all members of staff.
  • We aim to be ourselves and stand up for what we feel is right and important.
  • We encourage healthy debate, but once a decision is made we support it wholeheartedly.
  • Think in the future, anticipate trends and opportunities.
  • Generate ideas and move them to action.
  • Be imaginative in finding solutions to issues and pursuing opportunities for the business.
To be adventurous, creative and open
  • Be honest at all times and demonstrate high integrity.
  • We should always be seeking adventure and having fun exploring new possibilities.
  • We approach situations and challenges with an open mind.
Human touch
  • We put the needs of our clients first. Getting them a solution is what we do.
  • Value the differences in people and treat everyone with dignity and respect.
  • Build great relationships with those you work with, both internally and externally.
  • Being proactive in our approach when finding the best scholarship deals for our clients.
  • Thinking outside of the box to create new and exciting opportunities for the student-athlete community.
  • Continuously challenging our people to stay informed about the constant industry changes.


Moments of our journey captured so far. –
Young entrepreneurs to watch.
An American Hero.
Opens USA doors for student-athletes.