NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt head soccer coach Darren Ambrose announced Thursday that the program will embark on a two-week trip to South Africa and England in May, a journey that will encompass education, community service and international soccer competition.
The Commodores will spend the majority of their tour in Cape Town and close the trip out in London. The Dores will depart on May 15 and return on May 29.
“One of our program’s goals is to grow leaders and this trip gives an opportunity to our student-athletes to experience two remarkable cultures, increase their understanding of world history and participate in local community service, all while giving them a chance to compete against top-class international competition on the field,” said Ambrose.
“I wanted a trip that would align with Vanderbilt’s vision to ‘Dare to Grow.’ and this trip offers us a chance to step outside our comfort zone and truly experience two very different cultures.”
In addition to practice and competition against top talent in both countries, the Commodores are scheduled to participate in many cultural and historical activities.
Cape Town, South Africa
- Robben Island – History of Apartheid and Nelson Mandela
- Community service event in the Hout Bay community
- Overnight safari
- Windsor Castle and other historical sites around the city
- Emirates Stadium (Arsenal) and Tottenham Stadium
- Premier League soccer game
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