My name is Brevin McCurdy and I am from Coshocton, Ohio. I started playing soccer when I was three years old, and I've grown a passion through playing and enjoying the game. It has been my life in a way. Soccer is very important to me outside of my academics and my family. I started playing locally and then began to play with Director of Recruitment, Seamus Reilly. Seamus has taught me so much about the game and also about life. My passion and love for soccer has been there from a young age, and it increased when I met him.
This year, I will be heading over to Chester in England to study sports coaching and play in the UDA Academy. I first heard about UDA through Coach Reilly, he told me about the academy and talked about its programs in terms of education as well as soccer, where I learnt about the University of Chester after I attended the Player ID camp. Katy Davenport [the International Officer at the University of Chester] had come in and talked about the university. Once I saw the university and what it has to offer, I knew UoC is where I wanted to be. I also had the chance to visit Chester where I visited the university and got to meet some of the coaching staff. The place felt like home even then.
There are a lot of brilliant things about the university — work-based experience, getting degrees in a shorter amount of time, etc. it’s just different from what we have here [in the US]. I’m also excited to meet new people and have new experiences. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime to get your education and experience a different culture while also playing soccer. I love to travel, and I love to see different things. In a small town that I come from, you don’t usually hear about opportunities like this. I’m very excited to study abroad.
We're excited to see you acorss the pond, Brevin!