Patrick Mahomes is ‘excited’ about role with new NFL Academy in UK

The NFL Academy, which is due to open its doors in September this year, aims to give students life-changing educational opportunities while also giving them the possibility of beginning their journey to playing in the NFL.

Several current and former stars of the NFL have pledged their support for the Academy and will act as ambassadors.

The Academy will be based at Barnet and Southgate College, in north London and aims to help students into employment, move into further education and even give them the possibly to play NCAA college football in the United States.

And Mahomes, who is last season’s NFL MVP, is looking forward to coming over to Britain and helping out.

“I am very proud to be one of the first ambassadors for the NFL Academy in the UK,” Mahomes said.

“Through the work of my foundation – 15 and the Mahomies – we work to give young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, greater opportunities in life.

“The NFL Academy’s objective in combining football and education to do just that is something I am very excited about playing a role in.

“I can’t wait to see it get started and I look forward to getting over to London to contribute to its success.”

Other NFL superstars who have pledged their support include Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.

British-born running back Jay Ajayi and Carolina Panthers’ London-raised defensive end Efe Obada are also going to be involved.

“Being from London and having spent time with so many young athletes there, I know how much the NFL Academy will mean to them,” Obada said.

“To have the chance to pursue American football while receiving an education and other life-changing skills is an awesome opportunity.

“The values that the sport teaches go beyond the field and can help you make more of your life.

“I am really excited to give the NFL Academy my support and help these young people achieve their dreams.”

Selection for the first class of around 80 students will take place over the next three months via a series of tryouts.

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