Director of UDA-Soccer recruitment, Seamus Reilly, was delighted with the response to the recruitment events in Nashville TN in November, Phoenix AZ in December and Tampa FL in January. Over 60 players attended these three initial UDA events.
The event held at Trevecca University, attracted prospects and their families from as far west as California and to New York City east. Technical training, small-sided and full games, individual meetings with families, as well as a presentation were all part of the process. The event in Phoenix, attracted students from across the country with representation across 14 different states. International players, as well as those from all parts of the US were represented at the Tampa event to start the New Year.
Reilly stated, “I have attended several of these of events in the past and felt the standard of those players at all three events was as good or better in some cases. We had an excellent turn out and have now made offers to prospective students. We are pleased with their level of ability, the willingness, focus and commitment of the group we are working with. It was a pleasure to work with them all.”
“A lot of families and students think we are only looking for soccer players. We are a true development academy at multiple levels and are focused on the total student experience, as seen through the quality of those who direct the program in England, as well as the academic, social and cultural experiences on offer through the University of Chester. This was made clear at our presentations.”
Reilly stated further, “The program is much bigger than soccer exposure, it is about the career opportunities in the many academic fields that are offered and the valuable focus on work related experience within those degree programs. UDA is a multi-focused program that offers experiences at multiple levels, where students are exposed to and integrated into a total university and football experience. That aspect is very appealing to parents who see the value in the opportunities offered within the UDA program, that are not available elsewhere.”
Reilly concluded, “We are deliberate and intentional in offering a three day event, it is vital we get to know the students over a period of time rather than a “one shot" recruitment day or seeing students in a game at a tournament. Players need time to get to you know and the program and these events are perfect for an insight into why UDA-Soccer is so unique and the opportunities we offer. We meet with every family individually over the course of the three days so we truly get to know them and more importantly they get to know us.”
Reilly added, “We have made several offers to students to make up our incoming squad for the fall of 2018. As we follow the Barcelona model of player development, where students are recruited to squads for their three year degree program, there are going to be some tough decisions to make.”
UDA is looking to have additional UDA Soccer events throughout the Spring for those student/athletes interested in finding out more about our program. Location, date and times will be posted in the near future.