Sport and study in the USA - 'Life Changing Experience’ - Lars Blenckers

Lars Blenckers to Urbana University, Ohio


Lars BlenckersKingsTalent is proud that Lars Blenckers (22) will be playing for Urbana University Ohio coming season. Urbana currently plays in the NCAA Division 2 Great Midwest Athletic Conference. The last championship of the Blue Knights dates from 2012. Last year the team of coach Nick Roberts was unable to qualify for the playoffs. The goal for the Blue Knights will be to reach the playoffs coming season. There will be an important role for  Lars Blenckers in the attacking line of the Urbana soccer team.

Lars, playing with number 20, will be an invaluable asset in the front line of the team of coach Roberts. The coach saw a shortage of goals produced by his team last season and decided to take action. “Lars is a very important member of our team for coming season. He can keep possession, get past his man and score goals. He is a very complete and strong attacker and we will need him this year.”

Lars proved he can score goals in his last season at Wittenhorst, scoring 8 times in the 2014/2015 season. These goals were important for the team to secure their spot in the playoffs for promotion to the ‘Hoofdklasse’ but unfortunately the team was beaten by DESO from Oss in the playoffs. Before Lars went to play at Wittenhorst he played six years in the youth academy of professional soccer club VVV-Venlo.

Head Coach Nick Roberts has assembled a well balanced team for coming season. The majority of the team is formed by American student-athletes and the team is completed by European players from England, Scotland, Wales and Germany.

Lars received his bachelordiploma Business Administration from Radboud University Nijmegen in 2015 and will be studying for his MBA at Urbana University. Lars already has experience with studying in the USA. In 2014 he took classes at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona for one semester.

Lars says: ‘Studying at a college in the US is such a unique experience! De solidarity on campus, friends, doing fun things together. We’ve had so many fun parties and so many nice trips. But most of all I’m looking forward to the coming soccer season, short but very intense. Performing together with my teammates!”

 

The  Urbana Blue Knights will play Mercyhurst University in september. This is very special for Lars because this is the team where his good friend Thom Derks is playing as an attacking winger. “That is going to be very special. We’ve known each other for so long and have been playing together for years. Normally we play together on one team, now we are playing against each other on the other side of the world. Amazing! I’m really looking forward to it and I can’t wait to go.’

KingsTalent wishes Lars good luck and a great time with studying and playing soccer in the US!

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