In just over one week, 30 students and 4 staff members from St Leo’s Catholic College will be winging their way to the United Kingdom to undertake a soccer tour of a lifetime. They will have the opportunity of fulfilling the dreams of any football tragic:
- Training at memorable football clubs such as Bolton, Liverpool FC, Everton FC, Chelsea FC, Fulham FC
- Touring the grounds of Old Trafford, Anfield and Stamford Bridge Stadiums with visits to the National Football Museum
- Training session with English FA Coaches
- Playing against local schools such as Wimslow High School, Christleton High School, and Bromley FC
- Attending games such as Manchester United vs West Brom, Stoke vs Burnley, U23 Everton vs Liverpool, U23 Manchester United vs Everton
The students, in Years 9-12, went through a selection process for the tour and were chosen for their dedication to the sport, and for making a commitment over the past 12 months to support the College and be representatives of St Leo’s.
Principal Tony Gleeson said “The benefits of sports tours such as this one, is to offer young people amazing experiences and with the responsibility, a new found sense of maturity and the sheer camaraderie that is built over the two week tour, travelling and playing sport overseas, is a lifetime memory.”
Physical Education staff members Michael Kember (pictured far right) and Jessica Watts were the instigators of the tour. “ We have spent a year plus planning the tour and ensuring the team were physically and mentally prepared. We have trained in all weathers and they have a strong team bond. The opportunity to train at some of the largest clubs in the UK and with some of the best coaches in the world is an opportunity for the students to develop as athletes – an opportunity they will remember forever. This is the inaugural tour and the aim is for future tours to be incorporated into other sports played at the College.”
Within the team are brothers Nick (17) and Ben (15) Watterson and six girls, including identical twins Claudia & Olivia Jenkins aged 16 from West Pennant Hills.
Claudia & Olivia (pictured front and centre) said “We are so excited about this trip – next week can’t come soon enough for us. It’s going to be such an experience, we feel so blessed to be part of this touring team – it all seems just a dream at the moment.”
The College community looks forward to welcoming them back to Australian soil on 27 April.