Shrewsbury School

Shrewsbury's Football 1st XI captain wins USA university sports scholarship

Thursday 22 January 2015

Congratulations to Max McClure (Rb UVI), who has won a football scholarship to Florida State University.

Max, who came to Shrewsbury in the Sixth Form as the first ever Alex Wilson Scholar, was the "automatic first choice" as 1st XI football captain for the 2014-15 season, according to Steve Biggins, Master in Charge of Football. 

“He had played a full season as a Lower Sixth pupil and his performances for Shrewsbury School have been outstanding. He is an intelligent player who has good pace, he has a good range of passing and as a defender he reads the game very well. Max has been one of the best defenders I have seen on the public schools circuit this season.”

His Housemaster, Dr Richard Case, is equally warm in his praise: “As a student Max has been exemplary in every respect. He’s really hard working and is a very positive role-model. He’s taken the honour and privilege of captaining the 1st XI in his stride, not let it go to his head and has proved himself more than worthy of the expectations and responsibilities that come with the role.

“He clearly demonstrated the qualities that make him an excellent captain – excellent attitude, leadership, sportsmanship and motivation on the pitch as well as having the respect of his team-mates.  I can think of no one more deserving of the accolade of a scholarship to Florida State University. He has a very exciting four years ahead of him in Florida and exciting gap year plans shaping up before he leaves for the USA."

The Alex Wilson Dayboy Scholarship for Sporting and Academic Excellence is a biennial award for a state-educated local boy entering the Sixth Form as a day pupil. Alex Wilson was a pupil at Shrewsbury from 2003 to 2009 and Head of House in Radbrook during his final year. He achieved three A grades at A level, captained the 1st XI football team, was Vice Captain of rugby and played for the 1st XI cricket team, as well as playing a very active role in the School community. He went on to study French and Spanish at St Andrews University. Alex died in a tragic accident in November 2009 at the age of 19.

The Alex Wilson Scholarship has been set up by his family in order to offer a local boy the same life-changing opportunities that Alex enjoyed at Shrewsbury, and to ensure that his legacy lives on at the School.

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