Soccer Trip USA 2018
It’s back to reality for the Coláiste Íde Soccer students as the end of the academic year fast approaches. Having just returned from a very successful soccer trip to St Augustine, Florida the student athletes now have to focus all their energy on graduating in May with a QQI Level 5 Award in Sport Recreation & Exercise.
Twenty students travelled to Florida to play some exhibition games against some of the top colleges from around the region. The games included Rollins College, Daytona State College, Webber International University and Flagler College where the team was based. The Flagler Head Coach John Lynch was part of the first ever soccer course to be held in Finglas and his Assistant Kevin Keenan is also a former Coláiste Íde soccer student.
The game schedule was very tough for the lads as they had to play 5 games in 10 days against some really good opposition. “The players deserve great credit for their attitude, work ethic and commitment during the trip” said Head Coach Danny Crowley. “We were competitive in all games and managed to dig really deep in our last game against a St Augustine selection team to record a comprehensive win with some excellent goals including lovely strikes from Sean Cummins (St Kevin Boys FC) and Eoin Broughan (Drogheda Utd)”.
The trip was a fantastic experience for the Coláiste Íde soccer students as they got to see first-hand the standard of play at the collegiate level in the United States but also to see exactly what it means to be a student athlete at an American College. Flagler College is one of the most beautiful colleges in the country and it was an absolute pleasure to spend time at such an amazing school.
The students also got to enjoy some fun activities such as beach football, beach volleyball, surfing and a visit to an Alligator Farm. All in all, the entire trip was a huge success and some of our students are now following up with college coaches in the hope of obtaining soccer scholarships. “Hopefully a few of our lads will get the opportunity to attend college in the States but most important is that they all leave us with a full QQI Award and a better academic profile than when they started with us in September”.