(Sydney, NS) – For the first time, the Cape Breton University Women's Soccer Team has been invited to train and play exhibition games as guests of Leicester City FC in England. The prestigious Leicester Club, known for their 5000-1 odds, won the English Premier League in 2016. The CAPERS will take the opportunity to travel to England as part of their upcoming training camp.
"The fact that CBU is being invited to play in the English Women's Soccer Super League as the first university on record is a true testament to the caliber of coaches and student-athletes that we have representing our great University," says John Ryan, Director of Athletics, Cape Breton University. "Our teams work incredibly hard to be high achieving student-athletes, so to have them honoured this way is truly rewarding."
The Women's Team will be based in Leicester, and have access to state-of-the-art training facilities, trainers, coaches and a myriad of other top-of-the-line options while they train and play. Acting as CBU Ambassadors during the trip, the team and coaches will travel to a number of locations in the country to host a series of school visits to promote CBU, the athletics program, and all it has to offer.
"We're all very grateful and excited about this upcoming experience," says Ciera Disipio, co-captain of the Women's Team. "To have the privilege to travel to a country with world famous clubs, coaches and players is so incredible. Having the opportunity to do it together, as a team, playing against other teams in the English Women's Soccer Super League will be an eye-opening experience for us. We hope to use what we learn to our advantage in the upcoming 2019 season."
Ness Timmons, Head Coach of the Women's Soccer Team, adds, "This is great recognition for an extremely hard working and talented team. It will be a terrific, once in a lifetime experience for the players and one of the highlights of their University years I'm sure. To train and play in this environment will only help enhance their student-athlete CBU experience as part of the Capers program."
Photo: From left to right – Captains, Rachel Yerxa - Goalkeeper, fifth year; Ciera Disipio - Midfielder, fifth Year; Amelia Carlini - Midfielder, third Year.