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Historic:  First ECA student to receive a scholarship in America


El Cambio history has been made.


Our student and player, Isaac, has received a full 4-year highschool scholarship in California. He will be the first ECA student to take the next step and continue his journey towards becoming a future African leader outside the walls of El Cambio.


An achievement that everybody at the academy are incredibly happy and proud of.

Isaac has been an El Cambio student since 2018 and arrived at the academy when he was only 11 years old. Since then, he has shown outstanding progress academically, personally and on the football pitch. All reasons why he was chosen to receive the scholarship.


“First of all Isaac is an incredible football player, which is required when receiving such a scholarship. Furthermore, you have to be a good student and Isaac is among the top students at El Cambio. Last but not least, we are proud to send him to California, where he will represent the academy and be our ambassador. He is really humble and we believe that he can improve even more in America.”         

- Thomas Thor, Founder of El Cambio Academy


Thomas, who has worked for something like this to happen ever since he founded the academy, believes it is a true stamp of quality, when someone acknowledges and appreciates the work El Cambio is doing. 


“The scholarship is showing the world that El Cambio Academy is more than just football. We are just as much an educational organization. Now we are giving our kids the opportunity to get out in the world and brighten their horizont and to learn a lot through the educational way.”                                             

 - Thomas Thor, Founder of El Cambio Academy

Tears of joy


It was an emotional moment when Thomas first passed on the news to Isaac. Both of them were overwhelmed by pure happiness and tears of joy started to stream down their faces. A lifechanging opportunity like this is what everybody at El Cambio are working incredibly hard to achieve.


“I felt so happy when Thomas told me the news and it was something that I didn’t expect to happen at the time. I think going to America will be a great opportunity for me to improve in an educational perspective and also to improve on the football pitch. I will have some good teachers and professional coaches, which will help me to be successful in the future.” 


- Isaac, student at El Cambio Academy


Giving back as a future African leader


At El Cambio Academy we take pride in working on our character, behaviour and personal values. One of those values is to give back, which is something that Isaac holds close to his heart.

His biggest dream is to become a professional football player, so that he will be able to help his family, friends and other people in the future. 


Isaac will never forget where he came from and that is why he also wants to help smaller football academies in Uganda. Other academies who don't have the same knowledge, materials and opportunities as El Cambio Academy.


Should he not become a professional football player, Isaac is planning on becoming an engineer. As an engineer he wants to help people by building houses and infrastructure in Uganda.


“I felt so happy when Thomas told me the news and it was something that I didn’t expect to happen at the time. I think going to America will be a great opportunity for me to improve in an educational perspective and also to improve on the football pitch. I will have some good teachers and professional coaches, which will help me to be successful in the future.” 


- Isaac, student at El Cambio Academy


An inspiration to his teammates


To his teammates, Isaac is a role model and an inspiration. Just ask Ismael, who is one of Isaac’s closest friends:


“Isaac getting a scholarship makes me believe that I can do it as well. He really deserves it, because he is a very good football player and he has a good character. He is also really good in school. I need to work hard and I will do everything I can to achieve something like that.” 


- Ismael, student at El Cambio Academy


When Isaac leaves for America in the summer of 2022, he will meet new people, get new friends, new teachers, new teammates, new coaches and a new home.


But even though his surroundings will change, Isaac will not change as a person.


“I will keep my values by being the same person as I am here at El Cambio. I will not change. I will keep loving and talking to my parents, my El Cambio teammates and the people around me”. 


- Isaac, student at El Cambio Academy


Big congratulations to Isaac - we are so proud of you!





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