Swansea University Football Club will start preparations for the 2018/19 season with an exciting trip to Washington that aims to connect sport to education.
The University’s delegation head to the US today (July 20) for a 10-day trip that will include two matches as well as a series of recruitment events aimed at providing an overview of the courses and programmes on offer in Swansea.
Sponsorship for the tour has been provided by Swansea Audi, whose name will appear on the team’s shirts for friendly matches against DC United’s Under-23 team at the RFK Stadium on July 24 and the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis on July 28.
Staff from the International Development Office will be present as they play host to athletic directors, coaches and career advisers from several US universities, colleges and high schools in the area.
Swansea University FC are preparing for life in Welsh League Division Two after a superb campaign last season that saw Dafydd Evans’s side clinch the Division Three title in style, scoring 100 goals in the process.
The US trip follows the news that Declan McCabe and Zack Knudson – who studied at Georgetown in the US - will feature for the club in 2018/19 alongside their studies with the School of Management.
From Left to Right: Jonathan Sinclair, Director of Swansea Audi and Edward Jenkins, Head of Business for Swansea Audi, with captain Adam Orme.
Dafydd Evans, Swansea University FC Director of Football, said:
“This is a big move forward for the football club at the University and gives our students an incredibly unrivalled cultural, educational and sporting experience.
“It will also help the University to market itself in North America and highlight the excellent level of programmes and teaching we have both academically and athletically.
“This trip will help us reach and find potential new student athletes, as well as market our unique football model which competes in both the BUCS Premier League and the Welsh League.”
Ceri Jones, Chairman of Swansea University FC and Director of Research, Engagement and Innovation Services at Swansea University, said:
“This exciting visit to the US underlines the opportunities that our student athletes can access at Swansea University. The football club is enriching the student experience at the University in a number of significant ways – the programme provides top class training, coaching and conditioning; we offer students the opportunity to develop their skills by taking up leadership positions on our board and we also have a range of volunteering roles at the club which allows the wider student population to engage with the football club.
“Through football we are empowering key attributes and skills such as leadership, team work, work ethic and employability.”
Edward Jenkins, Swansea Audi’s Head of Business, added:
“We’re delighted to be involved with this exciting tour and to continue the Sinclair Group’s association with Welsh sport and the communities around our dealerships.
“It’s a venture that extends beyond the football pitch, puts Swansea University on the map and offers many potential benefits for this area of South Wales as a whole.”
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