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BCU Women’s Soccer Travels to England over Spring Break

March 13, 2020 | by Kyle Cox

The Briar Cliff University Women’s Soccer team went to the United Kingdom for their spring break to train for part of their spring season.

Paul Cox, the head coach of the women’s team who is also from the UK, planned this trip after talking with the staff he worked with prior to coming to the Cliff.

Cox helped obtain and implement a world class training curriculum with a global partner training facility and staff in Southampton to work with the team and to let them experience a global high-class training program. “The women were coached by professional coaches the whole week and were one of the first universities to participate in their camp. Cox has coached in the United Kingdom and the United States but says he learned a few things on the trip too.

“The biggest difference is the details and facilities. Here, we have to wait to have access to the dome.” Says Cox I didn’t coach them in the UK, but Andy [one of the coaches] was so simple, but so effective to maximize people’s potential. It opened up my eyes. The biggest thing is that the girls grew as individuals over the week,” said Cox.

The trip included the flight, a charter bus to take the team everywhere, two games, nine nights at a hotel, training facilities, three meals a day and a trip to London and Winchester.

“The trip was successful because there were no distractions, no homework, no class, no boyfriends or girlfriends, playing in quality facilities, ate at certain times and they had a structured day,” says Cox.

Outside of soccer, the women took a day trip to London. They had freedom to do what they wanted, but they had to travel in groups of three and be back on the bus by 6 p.m.

He mentioned three different players who improved throughout the trip including Sophomores; Taylor Hill, Vanessa Adams and Bailee Hackley.

“Before we left, Taylor was probably always working at 75 percent of her potential. I’d say when we were there, she was at 95 percent. She was actually brilliant. She was our most impactful player,” said Cox.

Hill was named Honorable Mention All-GPAC her freshman year.

“The games were fun and I got to do what I love while getting coached by people who coach professionals while training in top facilities.” Says Hill. The girls also got to experience a new culture on the trip. “I loved experiencing new food and seeing the architecture of a new country. I also loved how my team bonded,” she adds.

BCU Women’s soccer team poses in front of St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton.

Photo By: Kye Edwards

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