We were discussing how difficult it can be moving overseas, leaving your comfort zone and friends behind, but I reassured her that the transition has not been too rough because we all have our ‘people’ here in Ireland at our respective schools. Sport Changes life is always there when you need them, but on a day to day basis, your interacting with your club, classmates, and teammates, and therefore, you need a group closer to you.
All the scholars have their ‘people’; the people who look after them, have them for dinner, pick them up for practice, or invite them over for a movie. These ‘people’ are our closest friends here.
For Meg and I, our ‘people’ are the Meteors, and everyone on the team, the coaches, or those just involved in the club; they all look out for us. For Boonie and Katie, I know the Waterford girls and club take great care of them; from the head of the club to their outreach director, they are surrounded by great people. For Cory and Rita down in Galway, they have a strong group of friends from the men’s club, who are always there for them. When Rita was in the cup championship, she had about thirty friends cheering her on from her Galway group.
These ‘people’ are what make our program so great. I know a lot of friends who played professionally overseas and disliked it because they were too lonely. Here in Ireland and from the SCL program, there’s always someone checking in on you and well, just being your friend.