TyneMet College soccer star Claire Pitt is celebrating after scoring a sensational scholarship at one of the leading colleges in the United States.

The talented Tynesider has been awarded a place at Nicholls State University, in Louisiana, after coaches on a highly-regarded sports programme were alerted to her skills.

Pitt is preparing to join forces in America with fellow Geordie Samantha Etherington who has figured on the Nicholls soccer roster since 2008. And so highly-rated is the in-demand left-sider that coaches on both sides of the Atlantic are tipping her to make it big when she meets up with her new team-mates in Thibodaux later this year.

"This scholarship opportunity will be a terrific chance for Claire," said Neil Baistow, Pitt's coach at TyneMet College, who has overseen the teenager's recent development.

"Claire has worked hard both on and off the pitch and fully deserves the chance to showcase her skills in America. She's a very talented player and I'm sure she'll do well. Everyone at TyneMet wishes Claire well in her new adventure."

Pitt, a former student at Blyth College, is also an accomplished track and field athlete, who has shone during her time at TyneMet. But it is her ball skills that have secured the Newcastle United Women's Football Club favourite her chance to shine in the States.

"With a great left foot, we'll look to use Claire anywhere down the left side of the field," explained Nicholls coach Dylan Harrison, who is confident Pitt can play a starring role in a successful college campaign in the United States.

"Claire's technically solid and even has the ability to get forward and find the back of the net. We're excited to have Claire join our programme."