Clarkson girls pursue soccer dreams through trip to Barcelona
BY: IAIN COLPITTS, MISSISSAUGA NEWS
The Clarkson Soccer Club enjoyed an eye-opening experience recently when its Under-17 girls’ team was given the chance to compete against four first division women’s professional teams in Barcelona.
In an effort led by technical director Ricardo Isgro and Diego Pereira, CSC Interational Advisor, Clarkson went on a two-week tour through the Spanish city, where it played against FC Barcelona, one of the most popular professional teams in the world, as well as RCD Espanyol de Barcelona, CF Damm and CF Palleja last month.
“Our girls went there to compete and they were amazing and now it’s opened a lot of opportunities for scholarships and other opportunities,” Isgro said.“For the ones who go to universities, the fact that they have this on their resume is something unique for their profile.”
Clarkson is recognized as the first Canadian club to send a girls’ team to Barcelona for a tour of this magnitude.
While FC Barcelona is very selective in accepting teams for visits, Clarkson was able to get in because of its track record and strong relationship with a number of professional clubs across South America.
Opportunities in professional soccer are very hard to come by, especially for women because the landscape is smaller compared to the men’s game. However, Isgro saw the experience as motivational for the girls.
“(The women players in Barcelona) have contracts, they get paid and make a living out of soccer,” he said. “We felt it was the best channel to expose our girls to.”
It was an experience that helped the Clarkson team prepare for next month’s trip to New York, where they’ll compete in the National Elite Womens Soccer Showcase.
Clarkson is also encouraged by one of its male players, 18-year-old Markian Krencil signing a five-month contract with Palleja’s second division team.He left for Barcelona earlier this week after spending the summer playing in Brazil.
“He’s building his way up step by step and we’re very supportive of him,” Isgro said. “Our hope is he’ll be able to stay there and move forward in his career. It would make us very proud because no one from our club has played in Europe.”
CSC and RCD de Espanyol Team Officials
Girls Travel Team 2016 - Barcelona, Spain
Clarkson Soccer Club is proud to announce the return of the GIRLS TRAVEL TEAM 2016 FROM A SUCCESSFUL TOUR IN BARCELONA, SPAIN.
The 14 day tour was coordinated by Clarkson SC’s Technical Director, Ricardo Isgro with the help of our International Advisor, Diego Pereira. The girls competed internationally with FC BARCELONA, RCD ESPANYOL AND CF PALLEJA.
The players had an extensive itinerary which includes international exhibition games, tour of FC Barcelona Training Facility, attending Pro FC Barcelona 1st Division matches as well as social and cultural events.
The Tour can be seen via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @Clarksonsoccer as well as updates on our website. Stay connected for new updates, photos and video clips of all events on the Barcelona Tour 2016.
Just having the experience of playing against amazing teams like Espanyol and Barcelona, who take soccer really seriously like us, made us realize how much we love playing soccer! For me, being a part of team that worked hard to prepare for our games in Barcelona is something that I will always be proud of! #15 Becky Borgmann
For me, I know the trip went far beyond my expectations. It was the trip of a lifetime and such an amazing opportunity to play against such great teams. Soccer is a different reality in Barcelona, and it was a privilege to be able to say that I lived that reality for two weeks with my team. #4 Demi Spiliotopoulos
Barcelona was the ultimate trip of a lifetime and I will never forget the incredible experience I had. It was worth all the sacrifice and I would do it again in a heartbeat. #19 Samantha D’Agostino
Going to Barcelona will remain one of the best experiences throughout my life. The trip exceeded all my expectations and it has helped me grow not only as a soccer player but as a person too. It was a great honour to be given the opportunity to go with such an amazing team/coaches and I will forever be grateful. #18Kaitlyn Kennedy
The Barcelona trip was an unforgettable experience. It was such a good feeling having all our hard work throughout the season pay off. Thank you to everyone involved in making this amazing experience possible. #3 Julia Flaherty
My trip to Barcelona was an amazing and unforgettable experience. All the hard work and effort we put into this trip was worth it. #44 Amanda Ianniciello
Going to Barcelona really opened up my eyes to a whole new style of soccer played at all ages and I loved seeing even the women having a chance to play at such a professional level. Spending quality time with my teammates and coaches felt very special and I loved seeing the city and especially the FC Barcelona game with my team! Overall, I am very thankful for such an amazing experience that I’ll never forget. #14 Nikky Anstis
Looking back on it, it is something I will never forget for the rest of my life, especially because it was spent with not only my team but what I can also call my family. #23 Tamara Cafuta
Barcelona made every bit of sacrifice and hard work we put in completely worth it. It was a trip that we will remember forever. #11 Erika Knorr