With the introduction of the new soccer program, the Wesmen family welcomes 21-year-old Adam Bromley from St. Austell, Cornwall, England.
Bromley is one of two British players to join the Wesmen this year. He was recruited by Mick Gale, the new Wesmen soccer coach, last December but did not commit to the program until midway through the summer.
Though he was offered scholarships at other schools, Bromley decided that the U of W was the right fit after talking to Gale and Grant Richter, University of Winnipeg director of athletic program development and community liaison.
“They told me how keen and excited they were to succeed in their new soccer program,” Bromley said. “I wanted to be a part of something fresh and new.”
Similar to many elite athletes, Bromley began playing soccer – or football, as it is called outside of North America – when he was quite young.
“I started playing football at the age of five,” he said. “I remember coming out of school, and my mom buying me my first pair of soccer boots, and telling me I was going to learn how to play … I was so excited.”
Since playing at the U of W, Bromley noted that style of game in England is drastically different from in Canada. The adjustment to the Canadian style will take time, but he’s excited about it.
“There is absolutely no doubt that I have been working with some of the most technically gifted players I have ever played with in my 16 years in soccer, here at the University of Winnipeg,” he said.
Bromley is looking forward to the upcoming season with a brand new program.
“With (the U of W’s) history of great sporting achievements in volleyball and basketball, hopefully we can add soccer to the list,” he said.
Published in Volume 65, Number 3 of The Uniter (September 16, 2010)