PM360 recently spoke to Trish Nettleship, Director of Social Media and Influence at UCB about how she renewed her passion for soccer and how the game helps her recharge.
PM360: Trish, tell us how you got involved with soccer?
Nettleship: I am a strong believer in recharging my inner self. Every Sunday, I set aside a few hours for myself and I play on a women’s soccer team. Growing up in the South, I played soccer even though it wasn’t a popular sport and found a passion for playing the game. I walked away from soccer after choosing not to accept scholarships to play in college. Ten years ago, I found an adult women’s league through my kids’ soccer club. While I was reluctant to play soccer again, I decided to go for it and have played on several different teams, including all women, co-ed and even indoor teams. I now only play on one team, but I’m adamant about reserving that one day for me to recharge for the upcoming week.
What position do you play?
Currently, I play the position of stopper and love the opportunity to kick the ball from the goal line to the other end of the field.
So what makes you passionate about the game of soccer?
For me, soccer is about being part of a team and working together to achieve a goal. My position of stopper allows me to be a pseudo coach on the field. Being in the middle of the field between offense and defense, provides a unique opportunity to see both sides of what’s happening and direct the team to adjust based on real-time play. There is nothing better than running on the field, focusing on the game at hand and helping your team achieve success.
How has playing soccer helped you personally?
According to my husband, I’m a much better person because I play soccer. I love pushing my body to the extreme, and while I pay for it on Monday, it’s a good reminder of what I’m capable of doing. Through soccer, I’m able to let go of all the week’s happenings and fill my soul with positive energy. I’m more patient, calm and just generally a happier person after I’ve left everything on the soccer field.
What else do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love the outdoors and exercising outside. Four days a week, I go to a 5 a.m. boot camp at a local park. On the weekends, I spend my time water skiing in the summer and snow skiing in the winter. Additionally, I love to travel and share the world with my family. My husband and I just recently spent a few weeks in South Africa and thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of the country. I’ve traveled in Europe with our family, exposing them to the rich history of the area. It puts an amazing visual to the history books from school.
What other interests would you like to pursue at some point?
I enjoy a good wine and would like to take classes to learn more about the different varieties. I’d love to own a wine bar on the coast in retirement. Good wine and good food are key factors in creating great memories.