Updated: Aug 6
Perkins’ gridiron dreams to touch down stateside in 2021 with RPA College Prep of Arlington, Texas
Joe Perkins, of the Phoenix Phutures American Football Programme, recently broke the news of his commitment to RPA College Prep in Arlington, Texas for the school’s Fall 2021 season.
Attending an institution in RPA College Prep that helps provide access to further opportunity to play at the college level in the United States, Perkins will aim to represent the Wildcats on the field while facing a challenging schedule involving schoolwork, regular team practices, as well as strength and conditioning training.
“My family are really supportive of me. They want me to succeed in football because they know that’s what I love,” commented Perkins on moving away from home to pursue his ambitions in the sport of football. “It’s definitely going to be a big challenge, but I feel like I’ll be able to fit in there and fight for a starting spot on the team,”
Photograph by @HayleyTakesPics
Having been set to graduate to the Phoenix Phutures under-19 team for the 2020 season after three successful years with the under-17 team, Perkins was a key contributor at wide receiver and as a team leader. Earlier in 2020, he had also been selected to be a part of the Great Britains Lions Juniors squad.
The first from Phoenix Phutures to commit to a school in the United States, Perkins will complete academic work and tests to prepare him for college in the US, as well as representing the RPA Wildcats in games against colleges and other prep schools.
“We decided to offer Joe due to his production level we saw on the film that shows great promise through our teaching methods for our offense,” said Coach Clennon of RPA College Prep. “Joe adds a few things for us, not only flexibility at the wide receiver position, but Joe also adds diversity in the way of bringing in a guy who has experience playing abroad which helps bring in a new perspective in the way we teach.”
As a newcomer to the sport of American football when attending his first Tamworth Phoenix practices little over three years ago, Perkins will now be a part of only a small number of British American football players in the US.
Karl Burgess, Phoenix Phutures Under-17s and Under 19s Head Coach
Coached Perkins' wide receiver group when he first attended practices as one of the youngest on the team
“It really is great to see his dedication and development result in this opportunity, it’s a proud moment for me as a coach and the club as a whole to see Joe step up to this next challenge. I know the Phoenix Phamily will all be supporting Joe from back home and are wishing him the best of luck in this next chapter.”
James Hossack, Tamworth Phoenix President
Perkins' positional coach for Great Britain Lions Juniors
"We're immensely proud of Joe moving on to an American school. He’s worked incredibly hard to push himself to the level he has achieved so far and he has a great deal of potential moving forward. With Great Britain Lions Juniors, you can see that when he was challenged and pushed harder with an even higher calibre of player around him, his performance level lifted again. For that reason I’m sure he’ll excel in the States. I’m also very proud of the Phutures programme and it's a great feather in the cap to have produced a player that is ready to move up to such a level. It’s a real testament to the great coaching and organisation with that programme."
With the current American football season remaining suspended until further notice, Phoenix Phutures are welcoming enquiries regarding its three age group teams for girls and boys aged from 11 to 19 at www.facebook.com/PhoenixPhutures.
The Phoenix Phutures American Football Programme provides opportunity for girls and boys aged 11-19 to experience American football through three age group teams; Flag (ages 11-14, non-contact), Youth (ages 14-17, contact), Junior (ages 17-19, contact).