Today we depart on our soccer adventure to England. The next 9 days will offer an amazing opportunity to travel the world, compete internationally in soccer, and learn about English Football. Sit back, get some rest and enjoy the in-flight service. Tomorrow we arrive in London, England!
Upon our arrival we are welcomed by our English tour guide and take part in a tour to some of London’s greatest sites. Your tour will include visits to Windsor Castle, Europe’s longest occupied palace, and Westminster Abbey, the location for the royal family’s coronation and burial. Next we will visit the Palace of Westminster and view Big Ben. Later this afternoon our team will take part in a training session as we prepare for our upcoming friendly games.
Today’s modern game of soccer originated in Great Britain and the first rules of the game were drawn up by a group of representatives from different clubs at Trinity College in Cambridge. As subsequent rules of play were formed The Football Association was formed in 1863 at the Freemasons’ Tavern on Great Queen Street in London, and it was at this location that the first set of rules were adopted for the game. We continue our touring with a visit to one of the world’s largest stadiums and the home of the FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium. After our tour of Wembley Stadium, we return to our hotel for a pre-game meal and time to rest before heading out to our scheduled friendly soccer match. After our match we will have a post match party with time to interact and become better friends with the team we just played.
Today we begin our day with a visit to Stamford Bridge, home of England’s second most successful club, Chelsea FC. Opened in 1877, Stamford Bridge began as the site for the London Athletic Club until acquired by two brothers in 1904. One year later, Chelsea FC was founded by Joseph and Gus Mears and has won seven FA Cups in its history. Next we will visit Buckingham Palace, the primary office and home for Great Britain’s monarchy in London. View the historic and famous changing of the guards before seeing the royal family’s carriages and garage at the Royal Mews. This afternoon we travel to St. George’s Park where the FA makes their home and all the English national teams train. We take a tour of this amazing campus that includes modern locker rooms, training facilities, and recovery and therapy rooms. Next we take part in a training session led by a local professional English coach giving both the players and coaches a chance to learn how training is done in England. We will overnight at the hotel that is set up right on the grounds.
After an early breakfast, you will depart for Manchester, a city known for its revitalized industry and soccer. Upon arrival in Manchester, we’ll visit The Lowry and the Imperial North Museum. Next we come to Old Trafford Stadium, home of Wayne Rooney and the historic soccer club Manchester United. With a rough beginning, Manchester United’s future appeared unlikely until the help of John Henry Davies came along. Today, Man U is the world’s most popular football club. If possible, we will attend a Premier League game tonight at Old Trafford Stadium to see Man Utd or at City of Manchester Stadium to see Man City.
We begin our day with a visit to the National Football Museum to see the history of football and its effects on England since its inception. Late this morning we depart Manchester and travel back to London making stops at Stratford Upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare and the famous & medieval Warwick Castle built by William the Conqueror. We arrive back in London for our dinner and overnight.
This morning we will visit Harrods which is London’s famous department store, the London Eye, Trafalgar Square, the Royal Albert Hall and the National Gallery, holding over 2,000 works of art and some of the world’s most famous paintings. After our tour we return to our hotel for a pre-game meal and time to rest before heading out to our scheduled friendly soccer match. After our match we will have a post match party with time to interact and become better friends with the team we just played.
Our final day of touring begins with a guided tour of Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal FC. Beginning as a group of workers from the Woolwich Arsenal Armament Factory, Arsenal FC has become the most successful soccer club in history. Next visit Soccer Scene, the official sports retailer of the Professional Football Association. After our tour we return to our hotel for a pre-game meal and time to rest before heading out to our scheduled friendly soccer match. After our match we will have a post match party with time to interact and become better friends with the team we just played.