Shanelle Frederick is one of many outstanding teenage female footballers at colleges in the United States on fund assisted education programmes thanks to their brilliance in the sport.
She was here over the weekend for the Scholars-Future organised 4×4 tournament at the Ed Bush stadium on Friday playing for her local club Elite. Primarily here for the Cayman Islands Football Association annual awards at the Marriott on Saturday, Frederick was disappointed that she got special permission to attend from her school in Florida only for the function to be postponed because CIFA president Jeffrey Webb had to stay in London because of ill health.
Frederick is attending Montverde Academy in Orlando where she will complete her high school education over the next two years.
She is looking forward to furthering her education after that. She was invited to play with top pro club FC Indiana, but her parents decided Montverde was the best option for the 16-year-old striker’s future, as education comes first.
Frederick initially went to FC Indiana as a student footballer but she did not settle there and the Montverde offer came up which was an immensely better option.
The options for her to return to FC Indiana are still open if she wants to pursue football on a professional level in the future. The family was told about Montverde through Thiago Cunha, technical director of women’s football in the Cayman Islands and they looked into everything about the school, loved it and Shanelle got accepted there.
Frederick said: “I’ve settled in very good and fast. It was so easy because everyone’s so nice. The overall standard of the football is good.”