Training with Reading FC and Windsor Castle was the itinerary for day one of Pats London tour, Both the girls and boys teams trained at the official Reading FC academy ahead of their matches against Ascot United the following day. In the afternoon there was a trip to the stunning grounds of Winder Castle, a residency of the British royal family.
On day two in London the teams were treated with a guided and educated stadium tour of Stamford Bridge, home of Premier League champions of 2014/15, Chelsea FC. Following the tour the teams played their first international games. Big thanks to Ascot United and Phoenix Football Academy for their kind hospitality.
Another memorable day for Pats in London as they embarked to the city center for a bus and boat sightseeing tour. and a training session provided by academy coaches of Chelsea FC. A fantastic insight to the practices and curriculum that the top elite youth players in England receive.
The team enjoyed a traditional English brunch to celebrate Thanksgiving before heading out to the 'Theatre of Dreams', Old Trafford, home of Manchester United.
In their second game both teams played against Sutton United FC at the fantastic facilities of Borough Sports in London. After great matches parents and players from both teams got together for an evening buffet meal.
A Saturday full of soccer for Pats; The first stop was a mini tournament with Met Police FC and Richmond Park at Bisham Abbey, the old training facilities for the England national team. Quickly followed was the second live game of the tour to watch Reading FC vs Bristol City. After the final whistle, the team received behind the scenes access to the Madjeski Stadium.
The final full day for Pats in London finished off on a high note. The fist stop was Stonehenge, a famous landmark in England dating back 5000 years ago. Everyone toured the area to learn about the history of the world heritage site. Continuing the journey further South, it was the final live game at St Mary's stadium to watch Southhampton vs Everton in the Premier League.