TUSA Wrap Up

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After an exciting twelve days, our time with the Triangle United U14 soccer team (TUSA) came to a close. TUSA spent their time here engaging in a variety of enriching activities with GirlSportWorks students at each of our four schools.

A particularly eye-opening portion of the trip was the two nights TUSA spent at Colegio Pacca, in the rural countryside about one hour outside of Cusco. During their stay the girls participated in many life skills activities with the Pacca girls, touching on GSW themes such as goal-setting, teamwork and confidence. They also had the chance to visit homes of the Pacca students, seeing firsthand how different life in rural Peru is from their own.

TUSA teams up with students at Pacca

The last days of their time in Cusco ended on an extremely fun note—the girls held a soccer clinic and Olympic day for Santoni and Los Nogales school groups. There were over 50 of our primary students in attendance for both of these events. The girls loved the chance to participate in soccer, volleyball, basketball and other sports competition, in addition to fun field games like tug of war and wheelbarrow races. It was also a great chance for our students from both schools to meet each other!

Olympics day with the TUSA team and our two primary schools, Santoni and Los Nogales

A major highlight of the trip was the soccer game that TUSA played in the main Cusco stadium, el Estadio Garcilaso. They played against the Cusco Women’s Federation Team, drawing a crowd of hundreds. This tied match was the first international friendly held in Cusco, making it a momentous occasion not just for TUSA players but for Cusco soccer history as well.

A great day for women’s sports: TUSA vs. Cusco’s Women’s Federation Team

In addition to activities with our GSW students, TUSA had time to sightsee, visiting Machu Picchu and local Cusco landmarks. The girls were kept busy during their time here, making for an extremely meaningful trip. We’re so glad we had the opportunity to partner with Goals For Girls to bring this energetic group of young women here!

To see photos and read more about TUSA’s trip, check out the Goals for Girls blog: http://www.goalsforgirls.blogspot.com/

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