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12 March 2018

FP Markets Race to the USA

Competition created to inspire local children to secure life-changing golf scholarships in the U.S.

12th March 2018, George, South Africa: ASM Academy announces today the launch of FP Markets Race to the USA, a unique initiative designed to enable children from within ASM Academy to win scholarships or opportunities to tertiary education, together with its partners Athletes USA, Glenwood House (Advtech) and FP Markets. This news follows the recent announcement that FP Markets, a market-leading and well-established global CFD and Forex provider with over 13 years industry experience, is a leading sponsor for ASM Academy, Africa’s most progressive Golf Academy. FP Markets Race to the USA’s competition is available to any young person enrolled at ASM Academy and is a holistic process where each child, from the age of 12, is mentored and coached to ensure that they have the golfing, academic and life skills to be able to secure a place at a US college. Competing in an order of merit that includes academic reports, performance in training, performance in competitions and community work, the top-ranked players subsequently win the chance to play in selected international events in front of US college coaches with potential scholarship offers.

FP Markets Race to the USA is extended to all young people living in Africa as even though the flagship programme is based at Oubaai Hotel Golf & Spa and Glenwood House, a leading private school in George, ASM Academy is a virtual learning-hub and can mentor, coach and create opportunities for young people across the continent. ASM Academy’s role is to support and aide every junior enrolled in its programme through the many varied challenges that they will face in their own personal race to secure a US College education.

Ernie Els, four-time major winner, speaking about FP Markets Race to the USA, said, “As partners in Athletes USA, the Ernie Els Group is excited to be an integral part in creating a seamless path for African student golfers with the launch of FP Markets Race to USA. Kids from all backgrounds in Africa now have an opportunity to start as youngsters at the ASM Academy, compete at top levels and eventually earn a scholarship at one of America's top Colleges. We are very impressed with Adam, his Academy and what they have achieved."

Adam McKinlay, Founder and Performance Director of ASM Academy, said, “FP Markets Race to the USA is a fantastic channel to create opportunities for South Africa’s youth to better their lives through sport. Golf is a great sport to help kids grow and develop as people, but it also creates a chance to enhance your academic performance. We help to steer many kids love of golf into a drive to improve at school because if they know that the best route to further their golfing career is to gain a scholarship to the States, we know that they will work harder. We encourage all parents who live in Africa with a sporty child aged 12 or over who wants them to grow, to contact ASM Academy and be part of our life-changing competition.”

Chris Vidal, Founder and President of Athletes USA, said, “Until now, securing a sports scholarship to an American University, through golfing ability, was a difficult and expensive process. Through the FP Markets Race to the USA, such opportunities to impress college coaches will become far more accessible to promising young African athletes. Athletes USA is honored to be part of such a fantastic initiative.”

Craig Allison, Head of Global Development at FP Markets commented, “FP Markets Race to the USA is one of the many reasons that we wanted to be a part of ASM Academy. At FP Markets, we believe in the power of education and this unique competition showcases how hard work, determination and training can help to open doors even in the most challenging of circumstances. It is an incredible chance for young children, from all backgrounds, to dream big and know that there are people and businesses that want to help them succeed. We look forward to witnessing the results of this innovative competition and seeing new golfing talent emerge from Africa."

Notes to Editors

About FP Markets:

  • FP Markets is an Australian ASIC regulated global CFD and Forex provider with more than 13 years of industry experience.
  • The company’s vision has always been to deliver the ultimate trading destination for clients by combining the best technology, product range, pricing and client services available to those wanting to trade the markets.
  • The convenience of being able to trade CFD’s from the one account across an extensive range of equities, indices, commodities, Forex, futures and Bitcoin is why so many market participants are opting to trade with FP Markets.
  • FP Markets prides itself on its deep understanding of what traders are looking for. Our clients can even choose to trade on-the-go from their mobile devices across several online platforms like MetaTrader 4, MetaTrader 5, WebTrader and IRESS.
  • With superior pricing, execution speed, platforms, product range, client support and market analysis our clients possess all the confidence that they need to truly trust the services of their chosen broker.
  • The company’s outstanding 24/5 multilingual service has been recognised by Investment Trends as home to some of the most content clients in the industry, having been awarded ‘The Highest Overall Client Satisfaction Award,’ 5 years running.

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About ASM Academy:

  • ASM Academy was founded to help aspiring young golfers to develop their skills and achieve sufficient exposure to secure scholarships to US Colleges 
  • ASM Academy is based at one of South Africa’s most prestigious golf estates, Oubaai Hotel Golf & Spa.
  • The FP Markets Race to the USA is a bespoke and holistic programme that helps 14 to 18 year olds to develop their golfing and academic abilities to achieve a US College Scholarship 

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