Michael Michailidis BRUSA Sports UK & Africa
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 & Hugo Cardosa 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
Hugo comes with a wealth of experience. Having played football for Ponte Preta in Brazil he then went on to play all four years at Grand Canyon University. Working out of 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 Tuisia, 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 UK 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.