Four students from the UDA Academy at New Mexico State, Nate Stewart, Joaquin Villescas, Matteo Cavallo, and Kean Garcia spent their spring break visiting the University of Gloucestershire campus, training, and playing with the UDA UoG Academy students this past week.
"I really enjoyed experiencing a day-to-day life as a UDA UoG student-athlete" stated Matteo Cavallo.
During their visit, the students played at the local professional stadium, Gloucester City AFC as part of a UDA showcase event.
The NMSU students also had the opportunity to play against the University of Gloucestershire first team, train with the UDA coaching staff, and watched a local professional game at Cheltenham Town.
Watch Matteio Garcia's goal in the 3-1 win against a Gloucester City AFC squad.
To top off the visit, the NMSU students visited London while two others attended the West Ham versus Aston Villa game at the Olympic Stadium.
Head of the UDA UOG Academy, Dave Nicholos, complemented the students from the NMSU Academy stating, “The students were top class in all respects. They were on time, courteous, hard working, and were excellent throughout the trip. A credit to the coaching staff at New Mexico and the UDA organization.”
"Overall, the trip was another great experience and culturally enriching. Some of the highs to take away from the trip were experiencing a different culture, playing against a different style of soccer, traveling, watching a Premier League game, and playing a professional youth team" stated Nate Stewart.
In an ongoing effort to widen and broaden experiences and opportunities for students, we look forward to continuing to provide training and playing opportunities, for selected students both in the UK and USA.