Ties van Haastrecht – Wilbraham & Monson, Massachusetts

Determined – that is one word that describes Ties van Haastrecht; even a torn ACL and meniscus did not make him question the feasibility of his athletic goals. The Dutch soccer player did the math and figured that he would finish his sixteen-month medical rehabilitation just in time for the next season. So he made plans to play soccer and study at Wilbraham & Monson Academy for the following year.

When I arrived a year ago, I really loved it. But I had to get used to it though; suddenly you are all alone. International freshmen are asked to come a week earlier, for an introduction week. But now, I am really enjoying myself, you get the feeling that people care about you. When things aren’t going well,  everyone asks how you are doing;  it is like one big family.

You do have to do your own laundry here, that definitely was something I had to get used to. When it comes to doing laundry, I do miss home. But if I would have gone away to school in the Netherlands, I would have done my own laundry as well.

Soccer is going well. It is really professional here; we have a coach, an assistant coach, ball boys and water boys. We practice every day and we have two games per week and my team is very good. The game of soccer is a little different, though. When it comes to skills, I am probably one of the better players in the team. The focus here lies more on physical strength, everyone on the team is really strong and in good shape. I have had some minor injuries since I got here – all because the game is so physical.

I tore my ACL and my meniscus last year and it took a good 16 months to fully recover from it. After my operation I thought I should be recovered by the time the next season starts. So, I made an appointment at GUTS; Mark and Marina brought me into contact with numerous schools. From all the schools on the list, I chose to attend Wilbraham & Monson Academy because I spoke to them at the GO USA Education Fair in 2016 and left with a great feeling.

I was never afraid that I would not be able to get back into the shape I was before the injury. I trusted my physical therapist – he is specialized in knee injuries. I had physical therapy three days a week; the rest of the time I sat on the sideline to watch my team play. Mentally, it was a real challenge; I kept on thinking, if I was playing now, I would have done this, or that; but it does make you eager to play again!

A prep school is a mix between high school and college. You really cannot compare it to a Dutch school. You wear a uniform – a jacket and tie. Between 20.00 and 22.00 you have the chance to do homework in your own room. All the teachers live on campus and you can always ask them a question; the other night I sent my teacher an email and he answered within 15 minutes! Why did I choose to go to a prep school? I am 17 years old and thought the step to college-level soccer was too big for me at this moment. I can’t show them my best yet; my goal is to transfer to a college or university, eventually.

De Go Global Education Fair focust op studieopties in de VS en Canada. Noord-Amerika blijft interessant als studiebestemming

Voor het zesde jaar op rij wordt in Nederland een unieke onderwijsbeurs georganiseerd. Komend weekend vindt de Go Global Education Fair plaats in Hilversum en Amsterdam. Het publiek kan laagdrempelig kennismaken met studie opties in de VS en Canada en de beurs wordt door de Canadese Ambassade geopend. De organisatie is ook dit jaar weer in handen van de Nederlandse adviesbureaus UStudy en GO USA Talent in Sports (GUTS).

Met vele duizenden colleges en universiteiten en tienduizenden high schools in Noord-Amerika is er genoeg om uit te kiezen. Het doel van de Go Global Education Fair is het geven van onafhankelijke voorlichting over de onderwijssystemen in Noord-Amerika, al dan niet in combinatie met sport.

Voor de Fair editie 2018 hebben verschillende topscholen zich al aangemeld als exposant. Naast prestigieuze high schools, staan ook Ivy League-universiteiten (Harvard, Yale), community colleges en liberal arts colleges, bezoekers te woord. Zij geven informatie over het campusleven, de aanmeldingsstappen, toelating en financiering van een studie aan hun onderwijsinstelling.

UStudy deelt advies en tips aan iedereen die voor een korte of langer periode in de VS of Canada wil studeren, bijvoorbeeld een zomerprogramma of gap yearaan universiteit of high school, of een hele studie op bachelor, master of PhD niveau. Iedereen van elke leeftijd kan met elk schoolniveau en alle cijfers kan naar de VS. Het hoeft ook niet duur te zijn.

Deze unieke onderwijsbeurs geeft ook specifieke aandacht aan enthousiaste sporters die in een varsity team willen uitkomen. GUTS adviseert en plaatst hen in een sportteam waar ze professionele coaching krijgen en tegelijkertijd een goed niveau Amerikaans diploma kunnen halen. “Door de hoeveelheid opties in de VS is er voor iedereen die sport en studie wenst te combineren een plek te vinden, van fanatieke hobbysporter tot Olympiër. Het unieke aan de combinatie studie en sport in de VS is dat de sportbegeleiding onderdeel van het onderwijstraject is. Daardoor is in de VS een dual-career van sport en studie in het hoger onderwijs het meest optimaal in de hele wereld,” aldus Mark Schuurman, mede-oprichter GUTS.

De Go Global Education Fair vindt plaats op zaterdag 22 september bij het Gemeentelijk Gymnasium Hilversum en op zondag 23 september bij het Calandlyceum in Amsterdam.Dit evenement is gratis te bezoeken. Online aanmelding is wel vereist.

Ga voor meer informatie en inschrijving naar de Fair website: http://www.goglobaleducationfair.com

Go Global Education Fair 2018 – September 22nd & 23rd

Unieke Go Global Education Fair 22 september (Hilversum) en 23 september (Amsterdam)

De Nederlandse organisaties GUTS (Go USA Talent in Sports) en UStudy organiseren ook dit jaar weer een grote Education Fair. De Go Global Education Fair vindt plaats in Hilversum (Gemeentelijk Gymnasium Hilversum) op 22 september en in Amsterdam (Topsport en Talentschool Calandlyceum) op 23 september. De fair is gratis door iedereen te bezoeken: leerlingen, ouders, docenten, decanen, sportcoördinatoren en studiekeuze adviseurs. Tijdig inschrijven is van belang, want het belooft net als vorig jaar weer heel druk te worden.

Beide fairs staan geheel in het teken van alle mogelijkheden om in de Verenigde Staten of Canada te studeren – voor iedereen en op elk niveau (VMBO, HAVO, VWO, Gymnasium, MBO, HBO, WO). Zo’n 40 vertegenwoordigers van Noord-Amerikaanse high schools, liberal arts colleges, onderzoeksuniversiteiten en particuliere universiteiten (o.a. Ivy League) zijn aanwezig voor voorlichting en als vraagbaak. We zijn trots dat een Canadese Ambassade medewerker de fair op 22 september officieel zal openen.

De fair is gratis voor iedereen te bezoeken: leerlingen, ouders, docenten, coaches, decanen, overige sportcoördinatoren en studiekeuze adviseurs. Aanmelding geschiedt online via de fair site.

 

GO USA! SOCCER SHOWCASE 11TH OF FEBRUARY 2018

Go USA! Soccer Showcase 2018 in Helmond, the Netherlands

The Go USA Soccer Showcase is an annual exposure event in the Netherlands brought to you by a unique consortium of high-level sports and educational organizations in the Netherlands:

GUTS
SportsGen
Jonger Oranje

We are ready to host our second premium soccer showcase on Sunday the 11th of February, 2018 in Helmond. Our exposure showcase is in high demand for both players and US coaches, and we truly look forward to hosting this exciting event. GUTS placed former Dutch soccer prospects at all collegiate and prep school levels in the US including University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Tulsa, University of San Francisco, George Mason University, University of Rhode Island, Caldwell College, Gannon University, Knox College, Trinity University in TX, West Valley College, Southwestern University….

The showcase will be held at the Lavans Stadium of soccer club Helmond Sport, which is easily accessible by public transport. Please note the showcase is recommended for both current GUTS clients as well as other players: male and female players born 1997-2003 regardless of soccer and academic level are welcome to participate.

What is this showcase about?

This showcase provides European players the unique opportunity to experience American style clinics and to play games, which we will record on video. It is an efficient way for athletes to showcase their soccer abilities, receive a US soccer standard evaluation, and connect with US coaches recruiting talent from Europe. We expect many coaches from renowned American colleges/universities and high schools to attend and recruit talented, European players for their soccer teams in the US.

Additionally, this is our chance to assess your talent for US college level soccer. After we watch you play, you will receive a personal evaluation by this elite team of Dutch soccer experts who have extensive experience in playing and coaching in the US:

Head Showcase Coach Jean Paul Verhees (for Female Players)

Jean Paul (JP) is a Dutch coach residing in the US since 1970. He will evaluate all female players on what their prospects are to play college soccer and at what level.

Verhees was the Head Women’s Coach for the University of California in Berkeley where he helped the team to two NCAA Division I Championships. He also had success coaching at the University of San Francisco and Westmont College, where his team won the NAIA Championship title. Verhees worked also in many other capacities:

  • Assistant Coach US National Team U-20 (2000) served as a substitute in Toulon France
  • State /ODP and Regional Coach California- South
  • Assistant Technical Director Honolulu Bulls soccer club
  • Head youth soccer coach Crossfire soccer club Seattle Washington
  • United States state department tour of Zambia Africa empowering youth coaches/coaching education
  • Technical Director and senior adviser for Ventura FC soccer club for lower income families

Licenses and certificates:

  • USSF “A” License
  • Swiss international soccer federation “B” License
  • Royal Dutch Soccer federation KNVB Certificate Tactical and game analyses
  • NSCAA National Youth Coaching License Level 5-6
  • Member of the NSCAA Coaches association

Verhees was a youth player for the predecessor of Helmond Sport and played professionally in the US in both NASL and ASL. He holds a Bachelor degree in Social Science/Physical Education from Westmont College (1975).

Head Showcase Coach Erik Visser (for Male Players)

Erik Visser is a Dutch coach residing in the US since 1978. He will evaluate all male players on what their prospects are to play college soccer and at what level.

Visser was the Head Men’s Coach for the University of San Francisco from 2000-2013 where he guided the Dons to four NCAA play-off appearances and was selected WCC Coach of the Year three times. He has extensive experience in management, coaching, and scouting at Collegiate, Youth National Team (US U20), ODP, and US Soccer Academy level.

He possesses a keen knowledge of MLS through Professional Match Evaluator Program, USL Experience as a Technical Advisor, and 10 years of Experience as a Director of Coaching of a Youth Soccer Organization overseeing player, coaches, and parental educational program including 1500 players and 125 coaches. Visser’s playing experience includes Ajax Youth Academy U-19 (1975/76) and two NCAA Division 1 Championships with the University of San Francisco (1978 & 1980). Visser possesses a US Soccer “A” license.

Visser holds two Masters Degrees from University of San Francisco.

Assistant Showcase Coach Rutger-Jan (RJ) Bevers

Rutger-Jan Bevers is a Dutch coach who worked for 9 years as Assistant Coach for the men’s soccer team at State University of New York in Albany, an NCAA DI in the America East Conference. They became regular season co-champion (2004) and several players went on professionally and became internationals. He also served as ODP coach at the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association.

He played for Fingerlakes Desperados, Ithaca New York pdsl 1998 and for Capitol Region men’s open soccer team, silver medalist in the Empire State Games in 2002

He served as the Director of coaching for Euro Futbol United NY and Director of Youth coaching CVV Sparta Enschede. He also worked in several soccer related positions e.g. at NOC*NSF, Municipality of Enschede, ADO Den Haag. He currently works for International Sports Alliance.

Bevers studied at Broome Community College (1997-1998) and the State University of New York at Cortland (2006-2008), where he obtained an MBA in Sport Management.

What is included?

  • Practice sessions and games
  • Matches throughout the day
  • Online access to showcase footage
  • Written evaluation on the player’s performance and level
  • Presentation about college sports. Topics include regulatory and licensing issues, training conditions and facilities, the process of becoming a student-athlete in the US, sporting and academic levels, and life in general at college in the US
  • Opportunity for players and parents to meet personally with GUTS’ educational consultant Marina Meijer and sports consultant Mark Schuurman
  • Lunch, drinks, and snacks

Location: 

Lavans Stadium in Helmond – The Netherlands

Website: http://www.helmondsport.nl

Registration

Special registration fee is 175 euros (regular registration) and GUTS-clients fee is 90 euros. The fee should be made payable through wire transfer. Bank information is found on the online registration form.

Register online on our GUTS website here.

Current GUTS client already under contract for placement in the US only pay a 90 euros fee. Interested in becoming a GUTS client before the showcase? Please schedule a meeting with GUTS asap through https://www.ihaveguts.com/agenda/

Further information will be sent to you via email after registration.
Spots are limited and GUTS and showcase coaches Voorhees and Visser will determine a final squad. Registration is binding, and the registration deadline is February 2nd, 2018. Limited spaces available, so register early!

Cancellation can only be made via email to: info@ihaveguts.com. No refund is made of the fee in case of cancellation. Please note that participants are responsible for sufficient medical insurance coverage

What is in it for you?

  • Increase your recruitment visibility with US coaches looking to recruit European players for their team
  • Learn the fundamentals about college soccer and college academics
  • Play with quality players from all over Europe
  • Network with other elite players, former European players in the US, and GUTS staff
  • Find out what level in the US you can play and get a scholarship
  • The showcase clinics and games will be filmed, and the showcase footage can help you obtain a scholarship (footage will be provided after the event and is included in the fee)
  • You will have an unbelievable experience and be a part of a great day

So far, 30-40 US coaches have shown interest to recruit at this event. More info will follow asap.

Are you a US Coach interested in recruiting at this event? You are invited to attend the showcase for free. Please sign up here. Contact Marina Meijer for more info at US phone: (512) 782 9781.

If you have questions and want to know more, please contact Mark Schuurman, GUTS Showcase Director: info@ihaveguts.com, +31 (0)6 4100 4151.

* GUTS reserves the right to make any changes to the Showcase program

Brochure GO USA Education Fair

Ben je bij de GO USA Education Fair geweest en wil je het boekje nog even openslaan, of ben je op zoek naar informatie over sporten en studeren in Amerika? Blader hier door onze brochure voor tips, nieuws en verhalen van de GUTS student-athletes die jou voorgingen.

PERSBERICHT: Amerika blijft nummer 1 studiebestemming

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De Go USA Education Fair biedt wegwijs in woud van studieopties

 8 september 2017, VOORBURG – Voor het vijfde jaar op rij organiseert UStudy de unieke Go USA Education Fair; dit jaar in samenwerking met GO USA Talent in Sports (GUTS). Op zaterdag 30 september en zondag 1 oktober maken honderden belangstellenden kennis met vertegenwoordigers van tientallen Amerikaanse onderwijsinstellingen.

De Verenigde Staten is nog steeds de populairste studiebestemming voor studenten over de hele wereld. Ook een groeiend aantal Nederlandse studenten en student-sporters zien de meerwaarde van een studieperiode in de Verenigde Staten. In 2016 studeerden er 1.2 miljoen internationale studenten in Amerika waarvan meer dan 2.000 Nederlanders.

Met bijna 4.500 colleges en universiteiten en meer dan 30.000 high schools is er genoeg om uit te kiezen. Het doel van de GO USA Education Fair is het geven van onafhankelijke voorlichting over het Amerikaanse onderwijssysteem, al dan niet in combinatie met sport, en het kennismaken met de vele studiemogelijkheden die de VS te bieden heeft.

Voor de Fair editie 2017 hebben verschillende topscholen zich al aangemeld als exposant. Naast prestigieuze high schools als Wilbraham & Monson Academy en Orono High School, staan ook Ivy League-universiteiten als Harvard, Yale en Cornell bezoekers te woord over de aanmelding, toelating en financiering van een studie aan hun onderwijsinstelling.

 De unieke onderwijsbeurs wordt dit jaar voor het eerst in samenwerking met GUTS georganiseerd. GUTS begeleidt enthousiaste sporters die de ambitie hebben om professioneel begeleidt te worden in hun sportambities en tegelijkertijd een Amerikaans diploma willen behalen. “Door de hoeveelheid opties in de VS is er voor iedereen die sport en studie wenst te combineren een plek te vinden, van fanatieke hobbysporter tot Olympiër. Het unieke aan de combinatie studie en sport in de VS is dat de sportbegeleiding onderdeel van het onderwijstraject is. Daardoor is in de VS een dual-career van sport en studie het meest optimaal in de hele wereld,” aldus Mark Schuurman, mede-oprichter GUTS.

De GO USA Education Fair vindt plaats op zaterdag 30 september bij het Gemeentelijk Gymnasium Hilversum en op zondag 1 oktober bij The American International School of Rotterdam. Dit evenement is gratis te bezoeken. Online aanmelding is wel vereist.

Ga voor meer informatie en inschrijving naar de UStudy Fair website: http://www.ustudy.eu/eng/fairs/register/

 

Meer informatie over studie in de VS: www.ustudy.eu

Meer informatie over studie i.c.m. sport in de VS: www.ihaveguts.com

 

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Voor meer informatie over de Go USA Education Fair:
Maggie Di Gaudio
UStudy Communications Manager

E-mail: Maggie@UStudy.nl
Tel: +31 (0) 6 39 00 87 59