CEESA stands for Central & Eastern European School Association. My current school (Pechersk School International) is a part of this division. As a result of this membership our students have a unique opportunity to participate in various sports that are offered at our school, and travel to other countries for tournaments hosted by other schools which are members of CEESA. I wish I had this opportunity when I was at school. Our students stay with host families, meet and make new friends in new countries, learn about new cultures, and have time to play their favourite sports. How cool is that?!
This post is about my first experience as an assistant coach with middle school girls team. I used to play soccer when I was in high school, so I was very grateful when I encountered the chance to coach middle school girls. Our season started in mid October. We had two practices a week, including some of the tournaments with the local international schools and local public schools. Local games gave our girls a precious feeling of what a tournament would be like.
Our tournament was in Sofia, Bulgaria. It is such an incredible place. The hosting school is situated in a beautiful and picturesque location. The weather was sunny and warm and the teams had a chance to play outside. Our girls did outstandingly well in round-robin games. Their effort brought them to the finals where they competed for the first place. We faced a much more experienced and physical team. Unfortunately, our team didn’t face good luck in this last game. Our goalie got a broken hand (!) and our second goalie got a nose bleed (she did save that ball, though!). We had couple of players who were limping after that final game. However, we got the 1st place. Our girls showed an outstanding commitment, effort and played like a team! So proud of these girls!