This August training camp will have a different feel for the Haverford College field hockey team. Instead of going through gruesome practices in the humid summer temperatures, the Fords will prepare for the season and get some South American culture on a nine-day trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
NCAA rules allow participating teams to make a trip abroad once every four years. Haverford will be making the trip through ZAG Hockey, which specializes in field hockey trips for college teams.
“The team is really looking forward to this trip to Argentina,” said head coach Colleen Quinn. “We are excited because of how well rounded the overall experience is going to be. Not only are we going to be getting prepared for our season by participating in competitive matches and intense clinics and practices, we are also going to be sharing in team bonding through our cultural experiences. I think our team is really going to grow on this trip.”
Haverford will play against some of Argentina’s stiffest competition on their trip. The country is known as one of the best in the world when it comes to field hockey. In addition to going through regular camp and scrimmages, the Fords will put on clinics for area youths.
The trip would not be complete without experiencing the local flavor. Plans for the trip include; city tours, ranch visits, horseback riding, food tasting, a trip to Uruguay, tango lessons, home stays with Argentinean families for one night and performing community service at the Maria Nuestra School.
Haverford’s trip is planned for August 18-27.