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Day 4, Chester England

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All the boys got to sleep in today until 8:30 am. They looked very tired at breakfast this morning. Both Patrick and Zack had 2 training sessions, no games. During Patrick’s second training session they scrimmaged the U13 boys. The U12’s won…the U13’s were very upset. The parents enjoyed some shopping time in Chester, but the real reason was to eat lunch OUT!  One of the girl’s game was at Chester University so the boy’s were told they had to go watch and support the girls…I don’t think any arms were pulled because there are some cute girls here! Both Patrick and Connor were asked to be linesmen for the second half of the first girl’s game. They did a great job. Did I mention we are sharing the university with a group from Spain, who is very loud, and a Karate Camp? Yes, it’s a bit odd to see all these middle-aged men and women walking around in full Karate outfits (including gauchos) with swords. We are calling it Mid Life Crisis Karate Camp.

We ended the day quietly after eating dinner out (kabobs and pizza) because we heard how bad dinner was. We leave tomorrow for London and game number 2 against Birmingham City. I’ll miss Chester. It is an adorable city with gracious people. I highly recommend visiting!

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Day Two, Chester England

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Cari and I woke up early and went on a jog around the Roman City Walls. It was beautiful. We saw all the towers, the oldest horse race course in the country, a Roman amphitheartre, the 1,000 year old cathedral and a portion of the medieval castle. We of course stopped off at the medieval Starbucks on the way back to campus.

After a fortifying breakfast of blandness, we all hopped on the awaiting coaches and went to Manchester, England to tour Old Trafford Stadium, home of the legendary Manchester United football team. The pitch (field) was amazing–so green and perfect. We visited the players lounge and even went into the players changing room (locker room with no lockers). The tour guide let me peek into the roped off shower room. Unfortunately, no players were there. The tour ended in the mega ManU store where it felt like we spent hours and lots of Peter’s money.

Once we got back to the university, the boys had another training session then dinner. Some parents took the opportunity to go into town during this training session and hunt down some food with flavor. We were semi successful…better then dorm food, but still English.

The boys finished off the evening messing around on the fields with teammates. They are starting to bond, loosening up and having a ton of fun. It’s fun to watch Patrick with his new freedom of having his own room with key, getting himself ready for training and going to meals on his own. Tomorrow is their first game. Let the game begin!

Day One Chester, England

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We landed in Manchester, England after an all-night flight. No one slept very much on the plane. Customs asked the purpose of our trip…I said, ”We are here to play soccer.” The customs agent looked at me and said very primly,”No, Love, you are here to play FOOTBALL.” We boarded coaches (tour buses) and traveled a short distance to Chester University in Chester, England. The university is adorable and quaint. The weather is wonderful…50s and 60s, overcast. Perfect football weather!

The boys had a brief training mid morning. Everyone was tired and hungry so they didn’t work them very hard. We had a lovely lunch (totally being sarcastic…think dorm/cafeteria food for kids and take out any flavor whatsoever). As a huge group, we then walked to the City Center of Chester. The city of Chester has the most complete City Walls in Britain dating from the Roman occupation 2,000 years ago. It also has 700 year old rows of shopping galleries. These adorable shops are straight out of a Shakespeare play! After our adventure in the City Center, the boys trained again in the evening for 1.5 hours then had a remarkable unseasoned dinner. Curfew was early because everyone was exhausted!

Bloggin in the UK

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I’m a very lucky parent. My oldest, Patrick, who is 11, was offered a spot on a SuperClubs team to travel to England and play soccer…or should I say football. My sister, Cari,  is also going with my nephew, Zack, who is playing with an older SuperClubs team.

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We start off in Chester, England:  http://www.chester.com/visitchester/aboutchester/. Then end in London. For you soccer fanatics, we will get to tour Old Trafford (http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid={0C8FD46D-122A-4FE2-B1A4-BA953BCC1600}), the legendary home of Manchester United and then play against Tottenham, Birmingham, Charlton Athletic, Blackburn Rovers, Reading and other youth teams.

Strap on your boots and shin guards, it’s going to be a wild, wacky, whimsical ride across the pond! Cheerio!

Weather in the UK: http://weather.yahoo.com/regional/UKXX.html