Bell makes big impact on Stateside soccer scene

Jade Bell in action in America.
Jade Bell in action in America.

Ramsey girl Jade Bell has had another fine year playing football on the other side of the Atlantic.

The 23 year-old has just completed the fourth and final year of her scholarship at the Texas A&M University and, just like the other three, it’s been a year to be proud of.

Her team finished runners -up in the Lone Star Conference and won the Lone Star Conference Tournament and they won through to the first round of the national cup competition.

“We did the Conference doble last year so it was always going to be a tough act to follow,” said Bell.

“We had a difficult start but overcame some early problems and only just missed out on another double. So it was pretty good really.

“We finished with 13 wins, six losses and two ties.”

Bell played in all 21 games and scored eight goals. She also topped the list for assists in the team and the league with eight.

And completing an impressive list of individual achievements, she was named in the Conference representative XI, the regional first team and was awarded the Scholar Athlete Award.

Having finished her four years of college soccer, Bell is now hoping to play for a women’s team in America and will be attending trials in the spring at a number of professional clubs.

And she’ll take with her an impressive CV that also includes winning the coveted 2014 Conference Championship MVP (Most Valuable Player) trophy.

It was also a good year academically for Bell.

She graduated with a degree in Sport and Recreation Management and has started studying for a Masters degree in Exercise Science with the plan of graduating next Christmas.

Before jetting off to Texas in 2011, Bell studied sport at Huntingdonshire Regional College and played for Peterborough Ladies and England Colleges.

And it was while she was with Peterborough that she was talent-spotted by scouts from American universities.

“It was a dream come true,” she said. “Although it was extremely hard to leave all my family and friends, I knew it was the chance of a lifetime and I’ve loved every minute of it.

“Now I’m hoping to fulfil another ambition and become a professional footballer in America.”