This year the Womens football team started a new initiative. It was time to find the synergies between the men and womens teams and unite them to become one unit.
As a former NCAA athlete, we used to do everything as the men and women’s teams. The spirit was higher, the fan base was larger, and the learning potential was exponential. Spearheaded by the coordinators of the men and women’s teams (Ariel Krieger, Nadine Hayed, Ale , Robert Casner, Shaun Andry, and Luis Morales), We started putting in place some new programs. Among the programs implemented to unite the team were the following:
- Men’s coordinators coach ing women’s team – weekly
- E-mail reminders each week to drive participation
- Invitations to eachother’s practices
- Special happy hour meet and greets
- The first Soccer party hosted by men and women’s teams
- Traveling together to our first tournament together at Spring Games
- Cheering support across MBAT
We launched the initiative with our coaching Sundays. Each week the men’s team would send 1-3 players as our coaches. On Sunday we would bring a group of women out to practice and would work on drills, technique, fitness, and then scrimmage. Not only did this bring our teams together but it help our teams responsible for making a commitment and showing up. This became even more enhanced when we made the decision to compete in the IESE Spring Games Tournament with 150 of the IE Sports community and fans. This was going to be our first tournament that we traveled together to and trained for together. Our team improved rapidly.
After a few weeks of coaching we hosted our first Happy Hour event. We set up a mingling and mixing event at our local bar Zitty. We had Happy Hour specials and brought everyone together.
It was at this point that wee started planning for the first combined Men and Women’s Soccer Party. We implemented a few fun elements to differentiate ourselves. We had Jameson as a special guest come to Callejon de Serrano, we auctioned off jerseys and raffles, and it was a theme arty – where everyone wore their favorite soccer jersey out.
The success of the event helped fuel the first stop to our first soccer tournament together hosted in Barcelona- the IESE Spring Games.