Charlie Waters has been playing soccer from a very young age. In his hometown, Blackpool Lancashire, England, he played regularly as a child. Charlie is now a proud member of the CBU men’s soccer team and enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies (BACS) program. Soon, he will be competing in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Championships along with his fellow team members.
Charlie’s decision to come to CBU was influenced by many factors. He heard good things about CBU’s academic and sports programs from Dean Morley, Head Coach of the CBU Men’s Soccer Team. “The small, tight-knit community around CBU was also a factor, as being known on a first name basis is something that I would prefer rather than being lost in a crowd at a bigger university,” says Charlie.
One of Charlie’s favorite aspects of being a CBU student is the personable manner of the people who attend and work there. “Everyone was so friendly and welcoming when I came over here in August,” Charlie says. “It felt like I was greeted with open arms and if I needed any information or help with something there was always someone willing to take time out of their own day to help me out.”
When Charlie finishes his studies, he hopes to continue with a career in athletics. “I see myself going into coaching soccer or sports to help others try to reach their full potential and see them succeed in life,” says Charlie.
As the AUS championships draw near, Charlie shares some wisdom about what he and his teammates are doing to prepare for the competition. “The team has been very focused with the AUS championships coming up. We have been making sure we have been ironing out anything we feel we need to improve on as a team and individually,” says Charlie. “Luckily for us we are playing well at the moment and with a lot of confidence, which is only helping us perform week in week out.”
Aside from what Charlie is doing practically to prepare for the championships, he is also looking forward to competing in this competition for the first time. “Personally with this being my first AUS championships I am just looking forward to being a part of the event and hopefully coming out as champions,” says Charlie. “We also have an eye on nationals which we will be looking to progress on too and make a statement nationally by going the whole way and winning.”
Charlie also offers wisdom to those considering attending CBU in the future. “My advice for any student coming or thinking about coming to CBU and wanting to get involved in sport or CBU in general would be to get out of your comfort zone whilst you are here and meet new people. You will most likely have something in common with them or learn something you didn’t know,” says Charlie. “Making the most of the time in the classroom and in whatever sport you are participating in is vital as life is too short to have any regrets.”
Come cheer on the CAPERS in the AUS Championship from Nov 2-5, 2017.