Michael Michailidis BRUSA Sports Global
After spending two years playing football professionally in South Africa (Moroka Swallows), Michael was told by a coach he was no longer eligible to play in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association)of which he had numerous offers. Unwilling to accept his fate and through sheer determination and tenacity he was able to acquire a scholarship to play division 1 soccer in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) all while obtaining a B.com Business Management degree. Michael is passionate about the advantages both his experience and the degree in the USA have afforded him. He is committed to using that same tenacity and passion in helping the UK, SA and EU students obtain scholarships in the U.S.
Having spent the last 8 years in sports marketing (some of the world’s largest sports marketing agencies) and sponsorship management, Michael knows both what makes prospective students stand out and how to market them.
With a sporting CV including football (soccer), cricket, rugby, tennis, hockey, BMX, motorsports and athletics, Michael has extensive sporting knowledge.
BRUSA Sports UK is based in the UK and a proud affiliate of BRUSA Sports (Brazil).
Rafa De Aruajo BRUSA Sports Brazil
Rafa has a vast amount of experience on both the playing side and the recruitment side of the business. Rafa played his initial 3 years at Cumberland University, with a transfer to Winthorpe University in his senior year. He made all conference every year of his college career helping Cumberland to a Mid-South title. Rafa has a passion for sport that comes out on every recruitment trip. Rafa is stationed in the Sau Paulo Base in Brazil
BB Bejaoui Head of soccer recruitment and scouting Europe and North Africa
BB Comes to the BRUSA Sports UK family with a wealth of experience in Youth Football Development. He has had a fantastic career as a footballer (Soccer) player throughout Tunisia, France, and UK as well as coaching career that most coaches would be proud of.
BB is a UEFA Licensed football coach and is currently the head of football at the illustrious Lingfield College as well as one of the head talent scouts for the Tunisian Football Federation. His coaching career includes stints as the Director of Football at Crystal Palace Ladies FC, scout at Bristol City FC, and Head coach at BHTFC. Giving back to football BB is an FA Coach Mentor for the Football Association (FA) in England. BB is also the inventor of the Metatarsal protector to help footballers from foot injuries https://www.fefa.football/about
Gavin Bennett Head of Baseball and other sports recruitment and scouting Africa
Gavin Bennett joining the BRUSA Sports Global team as the head of Baseball and other sports recruiting for Africa.
Gavin Bennett was an Associate scout for the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club in the USA from 2007 – 2017. He is currently with the Tampa Bay Rays, he has had the privilege of signing three athletes to professional contracts in the USA. Gavin is very involved in baseball in South Africa at both a Regional and National level, having coached the National team on a number of occasions in World Championships in various age groups from U15 to U23 as a pitching coach. He was recently part of the senior national team that won the African Continental Cup. Gavin has placed a number of athletes for various sports at colleges and universities in the USA. Gavin is very passionate about sport and helping young athletes achieve their goals by not only playing their desired sport at a high level but studying at a tertiary institute at the same time.
Callum Lawson -- European Agent & Basketball consultant
Callum Lawson joining the BRUSA Sports team as the European Agent and Basketball specialist Consultant.
Callum comes to the BRUSA Sports Global family at exactly the perfect time. We are now expanding our portfolio to become specialist consultants and recruits in the basketball world. Basketball in the USA is one of the biggest college sports and with events like March Madness and the NCAA tournament its no surprise this is a very exciting time for the company.
Callum has the experience of not only playing college basketball at the Junior College and NAIA levels but playing at the professional level throughout Europe. Callum has played in Sweden, Iceland, Italy, and of course the United Kingdom where he began his love for the sport.
The Arizona Christian University Alum will be working with most British recruits as well as the basketball throughout Europe. We are looking forward to this relationship and know that Callum will help the agency grow and hopefully we can help Callum grow.