Soccer Training and Education at EduKick Mexico

Dylan Woodham

How did you grow as a player during your time at EduKick?

I think as a player, through EduKick Mexico, I have learned to adapt to different environments. Whether it was the different kinds of pitches I played on, or whether it was the different types of teams that I played in, I respected the differences and learned from them.

Also I have learned to convey my playing style to the team and try to offer a different dimension. In that way I was always involved and active within the team.

What did you enjoy most about your time in the program?

I enjoyed most participating in Copa Vallarta where I was able to help out in the tournament and at the same time play for a university team called UNIVA.

I participated in two tournaments, one in November and another one in May. We were consecutive champions in our category, and I felt like I have gained lots of experience. Not just playing football but also working in a professional environment.

I have lots of memories of working in these tournaments also made lots of good friends.

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Do you have comments on the training experience?

I was impressed by the training sessions I received from Edukick Mexico. I had personalized training sessions from my home stay father, Armando Cosilion, and also from UNIVA, a local university team, and also from Cataluña, a local club team in Puerto Vallarta.

Each and every one of the coaches had so much passion for what they where doing and everyone wanted to be winners and champions. I had some training sessions on the beach sides with the club team Cataluña and practiced some acrobatic movements such as diving headers and overhead kicks, which was a very new experience for me.

Team UNIVA has their own pitch in their university and it is constantly supervised and taken care of. I remember having a culture shock, if I may call it that, during training sessions I had in Edukick Mexico.

The training sessions were done in a very relaxed way where the coaches were asking the players to play smartly rather than asking them to play hard or with intensity. Whereas in Japan or in England the latter is what they demand. Of course during games the coaches made sure the players were giving everything they have got to win, but during training sessions they wanted the players to concentrate on their decision making rather then their physical aspects.

What would you tell other players considering joining the program?

I recommend the Edukick Mexico program because it is a unique program which allows you to stay with Armando´s family and at the same time receive intensive training sessions.

In this program not only will you get an amazing football experience but also an amazing life experience where you share daily life with your loving home stay family members. They take care of you so well that you feel as though you are a part of their family and this makes the transition of adjusting to Mexico easy and even exciting!!

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What did you learn about the culture of the country you visited?

Well, I can go on and on about how amazing the Mexican culture is. I am an absolute lover of the latin culture because of the warm, warm heart that everyone has. Making friends is the last thing you have to worry about in Mexico. Armando introduced me to so many of his friends that at one point I thought I have more friends here than I do in Japan, which is where I lived for 19 years. The city is filled with smiles and everyday is filled with activities and surprises.

Talking about the warm and welcoming people and the many amazing friends that I have made in Vallarta, the most important thing I learned is that you cannot be shy to convey what you are feeling. Or in other words, you have to be honset with yourself all the time.

When I was happy to see someone I expressed it with my face and with a hug or a kiss, which I was not able to do before. Believe it or not, I was even shy to say “I love you” even to my family members. But now I have learned the importance of being honest, expressing what I want to express.

I feel that this makes me very independent and I feel like I am not a stranger to anybody. I feel like I can talk to anybody wherever I am, and I think I gained this confidence from learning another language and learning about another culture.

How did the 24/7 welfare support provided by EduKick help you throughout the year?

Aramando´s family took care of me so well that I felt part of the family, and I feel that I have a second family in Vallarta. I remember my parents asking me if I needed any money at the beginning of the edukick program, and I told them I have not spent a peso since I arrived here. I had no worries about running low on money.

As part of your EduKick program you were also provided with an academic course. How was that?

In my school of Colegio de Español y Cultura Mexicana I studied Spanish everyday. On average I had about two hours of spanish lessons everyday, but I also had options of taking more classes, depending on the availability. For example, conversation classes. Obviously, these classes helped me to learn and speak Spanish fluently. This way you are more involved in all the activities you do within Vallarta.

Do you have anything to add?

As I mentioned Vallarta is a perfect place to have an intensive soccer training program, learn Spanish and have a wonderful time with your home stay family and friends. But at the end of the day it depends on you. If you want to get better at soccer you have to put in the effort to get better. And if you want to have fun, you have got to try and have fun!! Get involved in many things, because that is what I did. I had the time of my life in Vallarta!!

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