Good luck to the 91 Navy girls!
Article below from Triangle Soccer Fanatics site (which is on my blogroll to the right, check them out!)
While many of their contemporaries are hanging out by the pool, vacationing at the beach, or whiling away their summer vacation on MySpace, the girls of Triangle FC '91 Navy are gearing up for the soccer trip of their lives. Bobby Lovelace's squad, who plays in the NCYSA U14 Premier Division, is set to leave Thursday to test themselves against some of Britain's top youth competition.
The girls will square off against youth sides from Leicester City, Sunderland, Lumley, Ashfordby and Blyth Town as well as be hosted in a homestay by their peers in Blyth. In addition to the competition, the team will get a chance to visit historic St. James' Park and see USA Internationals Demarcus Beasley and Lee Nguyen play as PSV Eindhoven visits Newcastle United for a pre-season friendly.
The team is traveling as part of Triangle Futbol Club's International Affiliate Program. The program helps TFC teams (usually U16 boys and U14 girls) organize an international trip, allowing the players to experience the culture of countries steeped in tradition and passion for the game. Previous destinations have included Germany, England, Iceland, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
When asked about what the team hoped to accomplish on the trip, parent Scott Bosworth, whose daughter Chelsea will be part of the trip, said, "Our goal is to immerse the girls in a different culture -- for them to be exposed on a personal level with players and families in England. Soccer is the common love that the girls and and their host teams share."
When not on the football pitch, the team will get to see the sites on their 10-day trip as their travels include London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Durham, and Edinburgh.
The '91 Navy are working with Soccertours.net to arrange the travel and matches. Says Bosworth, "This is the 3rd year the club has worked with Soccertours.net, and they have been terrific. In particular, their broad network of club contacts throughout Europe enables them to arrange friendlies, home stays, facility tours, and intimate team get togethers with the European clubs and teams."